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Tried to do Harry’s Ridge but the access road was closed right after the trailhead to Coldwater Lake. It was a nice enough hike on a clear blue sky day. Views of the lake and some surrounding mountains somewhat monotonous but still very beautiful and peaceful. Not many out on the trail at all on a Sunday.

on Butte Camp Trail

4 months ago

Finishing stretch of two night trip! Glad we were heading downhill!

We really enjoyed this hike. See my recording for more details.

6 months ago

Great hike with breathtaking views at the top near Loowit trail. There is a short segment of maybe 0.1mile near the end that is a narrow with a steep dropoff. The trail is made of loose stones and gravel, and has started to give way slightly at 2 points. Use caution.

Great trail, good variety/view. Last mile of road to trail has potholes, made it there in a sedan still. Look out for mountain bikes!

Actually wanted to hike the Harry Ridge trail but didn't see the exit so we hiked to the peak which had an amazing view. Steep though but it was worth it.

7 months ago

Great little trail, no equipment needed, great views of Coldwater lake

Just hiked the North side of the lake to the bridge. The trail is in excellent condition but for some wire sticking up. I went with 4 friends on August 1st and the heat was brutal. The hike says it is about 4.5 miles out to the bridge but we registered 6 on our fitness trackers. Make.sure to take a lot.of food and water if you go. Especially if it's hot. Lots of little springs to splash water on yourself. Very refreshing on such a hot day. I jumped into the lake at the boat launch when we got back. GREAT HIKE. Forgot to mention all of the scenery on the drive. Saint Helens is amazing.

Did this hike with a friend and the trail was in great shape. Lots of beautiful, quiet lake views, some pretty fantastic views of Mount St. Helens on the way in and for about the first mile of the hike. We didn't see any other hikers until the very end when we were almost back to the trailhead at the boat launch. I will come back to so this hike again with my 8-year-old daughter soon!

Some of the best views of mountains Ive seen this year.

8 months ago

Very easy hike. Crossed several small streams. Very enjoyable

We went the first weekend of July and all the wild flowers are in bloom. It was a little dry and in direct sun so bring a wide brimmed hat and shoes with good traction the ashy dirt gets a little slick. over all great hike with breathtaking beauty.

Beautiful view and pretty flat. Great place to take kids.

8 months ago

Definitely a unique perspective of Mt. Saint Helens. The trail is in good shape and the wild flowers were lovely. As it's completely out in the open, I'd highly recommend plenty of water and sunscreen.

what a great hike! The flowers were incredible and the lake and mountain views were beautiful. This is an easy, relatively flat hike that would be great for kids. a lot of effort has gone into creating establishing and maintaining this trail, and although, as trails go, it is not a very old trail, it is really easy to walk on. There are places where the chain link fencing used to stabilize the ground is sticking up, so watch your step especially if you are running.
Was able to go for a swim after our hike and watched a fisherman pull a beautiful trout from the lake. I'll definitely be putting this on my list of trails to take out of town visitors to.
ps: the views of Mount Saint Helens on the drive-in are an added bonus exclamation point
ps: please excuse typos! fat/swollen fingers from hiking!

8 months ago

A unique look at Mt. St. Helens, about as close to the caldera as you can get. Bring sun protection as it's all out in the open

8 months ago

Had an amazing night camping up close to the Loowit trail. Lots of snow to cross right now.

9 months ago

Great family outing. Perfect hike for all levels of abilities.

Such a beautiful day to be out hiking the lake to the waterfall.

Super short looped trail, but the lake is beautiful. Was cloudy and wet when we were there, but the view was still amazing.

it was the perfect morning for a hike and this trail was beautiful. we'll marked, almost totally dry, spectacular views, benches & am out house along the way. due to time restraints with my large group we only did a Mile out. I hope to return soon to do the whole thing.

Great hike, easy due to no elevation gain, 5 miles to creek and 5 miles back. Waterproof shoes in spring! Lots of wildlife.

10 months ago

Incredibly beautiful hike!!

Beautiful hike. A few spots where the trail was eroded but passable. Lovely flowers. Watch for ticks!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Amazing old growth forest!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

I didn't hike the entire length of it, wanted to get back home before dark. But beautiful clear lake, gorgeous wildflowers all along the trail. I often took breaks to just appreciate the quiet and the scenery. Great outing while checking out Mt Saint Helens.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Pretty. Nice place to have lunch.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Great day hike,great views and few people once you get past Harry's Ridge junction.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

This trail is short, but extremely family/stroller friendly. It's quiet since no gas powered boats are allowed on the lake. nice view of Mt. St. Hellens as well. Great place to have a picnic when up on the mountain.

on Coldwater Lake Trail

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Not where we planned on hiking today, but arrived at about 1ish today. Parked in the first parking lot we came to, but started trail to the left of the boat launch. Hiked the first 3.25 miles. Very easy hike. In that 3 miles, only 2 areas of a steep hike up, but very very easy hike. Not much shade today, and it was sunny. Some bugs (dragon flies and some gnats on the way back). Lots and lots of wildflowers blooming. As stated, the trail is very easy and easy to follow, but lots of flowers hanging over the trail or making it seem narrow. Entire hike is along the water with beautiful views.

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