Harrys Ridge Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November.
Get a panoramic view of the devastation from the Mt. St. Helen's Crater, to Spirit lake and beyond. Not to be missed! This is an incredible route for getting a sense of the total devastation from the 1980 eruption. You'll hike with the crater in front of you or on your right most the way, then turn towards the east mountains as you make your way to Harry's Ridge. From Harry's Ridge you'll view the crater, Spirit Lake with logs from the eruption still sliding across the lake back and forth with the wind, and on up towards the furthest parts of the damage. Along the way, in the right season, you'll find berries and wildlife. If you're lucky, you'll return as the Elk head off the mountain into the valley to feed and rest for the night - they'll be on your right most the way back.
I LOVED every bit of this trail. Extremely worth the $8 you pay to do it.
The perfect fall day for a hike. A little cold and windy, but well worth it.
Can't wait to go back next summer.
Fabulous day hike with some exciting trails with views along the entire hike. Devils Elbow was narrowed trail along high steep cliff edges. I would recommend taking the 10 essentials. Binoculars would have been a must bring along this hike. No wonder Harry didn't want to leave. The area is grandiose and carpeted in mountain range as far as the eyes could see. History is alive on Harry's Ridge.
35 yrs after the mountain blew it's still otherworldly. Morning clouds gave way to a mostly sunny sky. Jackets required around 11:00 am at the outset, but not needed for long. Wild flowers in bloom all along the the trail. Our lifetime offers an opportunity to see for miles in this landscape. Harry's Ridge is one of my all time favorites. I listened to different languages being spoken and appreciated all the more that people travel from around the globe to see what we have accessible as a day hike. Listened in to a ranger talk along the trail on way back. They are passionate about & respect Mt St Helens & surrounding mountains, valleys, ridges. But they're every bit as passionate & respectful of the brilliant scientists, Johnston in particular, who lost their lives, as well as the scientists who monitor this young volcano and advance our knowledge of the 1980 event & the rebirth of this magnificent area.
Today it was completely fogged in on our way out from the observatory. It also rained most the time. It opened up enough for a few pics but quickly turned crummy again. This was probably the only time I've ever been to the Mountain and not seen a deer or Elk. But, it was nice to get out.
Great views of the inside of the Crater. Will overlook Spirit Lake and will be able to see the Mount Margaret back county. Always Elk to be seen on this trail. Route will be in the open sun, being protection.
Great hike! The views are absolutely amazing. The narrow pathway along the cliff wasn't a problem however meeting someone coming the opposite direction could have been very challenging at a few spots. The reported elevation gain of 200' is misleading as others have stated. With a 20-min lunch break plus multiple photo stops, hubby and I completed the hike in just over 4 hours.
The hike to Harrys Ridge is a fun 8 mile hike. The cliff section looks frightening at first, but not so much on the way back. The views from Harrys Ridge are amazing. Nature at its finest. Don't miss this hike.
GORGEOUS. Can't be beat. Narrow path winding around edge of cliff at times so not for all. But breathtaking views if you keep going!