Coldwater Peak Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Randle, WA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until October.
One of my favorite hikes. Mt. Margaret back county is beautiful. Amazing views of St. Helens, spirit lake, various other lakes, and on a clear day you can see Adams, hood, and rainier. Just make sure you are prepared for any kind of situation you might come across! It is back country.. Meaning you're far away from any immediate help or cell phone service if something happens. The trail is clear and well marked.
Also this hike is not near Stevenson, WA. It begins at the Norway pass trail head on the east side of Mt. St. Helens. You can get there from Randall, WA or Woodland, WA... Take Forrest Rd 25 and then Forrest Rd 99.
One more note. This is nowhere near Stevenson, WA. I would have to say Toutle, WA is probable the closest town.
Also my pics are from Sept. '05
One of my favorite places. Once you get to Norway pass the views are breathtaking of St. Helens with Spirit Lake in fore ground. Don't forget all the wildlife to see, elk, deer, mountain goats, marmots, and birds.
The goat population has been steadily increasing around St. Helens and on the mountain itself. Bring a good set of binocs or spotting scope and camera.
loved this trail...gorgeous view of mt st Helens and spirit lake!
We didn't go all the way to Mt. Margaret, but climbed to a point just above Bear Pass. The views were absolutely stunning; from the highest point, we could see Mt Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and, of course, Mt. St. Helens. The trail is a steady climb, but not overly difficult. It has a lot of variety, from wide valleys to narrow creekbeds, all the while with views of the various peaks. When you finally reach the pass and see St. Helens for the first time, it is breathtaking, staring down the mouth of the crater created when it erupted, with Spirit Lake sparkling in the foreground. The devastation is evident all around, but so is the new growth that has spring up since. We only saw 6 other hikers, so had a lot of solitude. The trail is well-marked and relatively smooth.
What I remember most is all the devastation caused by the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. White bleached trees laying all in one direction where they fell in 1980. It's a stark environment, Spirit Lake being filled with logs like they were dumped there.