Boundary Trail to Coldwater Peak is a 12.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Toutle, WA that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
The first few miles of this hike snakes around the hills across from the crater on steep hillsides that were scoured by the 600mph blast. It's not until you reach the St. Helens Lake area (formed by the eruption) that more than splintered tree bases can be found. In the winter time, the area between St. Helens Lake and Coldwater Peak tends to be covered in snow.
Great day hike,great views and few people once you get past Harry's Ridge junction.
It's a fantastic view, but not for those who experience vertigo.
Did 6 days of hiking in Washington, including Mount Rainier and North Cascades, and this was one of my favorites. Great views of Spirit Lake and St. Helens lake, as well as Mt St Helens. At the peak, could see Mt. Rainer to the north and Mt. Baker and even Hood to the south. Challenging hike, but worth it.
Wow amazing views and trail. The force of nature can never be under estimated. Great trail. Did not complete the entire trail ran out of time. It was the third trail of the day. Watch out for path narrowing after ran. Can make the hair on your neck stand up. Want to return and finish.