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To Viewpoint from Upper Falls is less than halway RT, and Lower Falls return is rocky, quite hot in July, and a bit slippery in spots. Suggest hiking shoes and plenty of water.

Beautiful and well worth the sweat!

My favorite falls of the trio is the lower falls because they are spectacular and offer great swimming options. The middle falls were very beautiful. I especially liked how the water ran over the top of a rock outcropping that was only an inch or so deep. Very beautiful!

Beautiful hike. Make sure you go down to the lower falls too, that was the best part of the hike for us.

The upper tube should be marked as hard! The 8 foot wall has no rope and others had to help keep traffic flowing. Small children should not be going thru this area.

Beautiful hike but a little disappointed that about half of the trail is closed due to falcon mating season and a fire. We went about 2 miles one way then turned around and came back. Looking forward to the entire loop being open. Didn’t pass that many hikers and the silence is golden.

I backpacked this route on July 1st and 2nd, 2018. Starting at Windy Ridge, I went counter clockwise around the mountain, choosing to get through the approximately 10 mile no camping zone on the north side first.

The parking area is the Windy Ridge interpretive center and the road that shows on maps leading from there to a closer trail head is gated off. You will have to hike from Windy Ridge about two miles to get to the Loowit Trail. A National Forest Pass is required to park, but no other fees or permits are required for this hike.

The north side of the volcano is the side that blew up in the May 18, 1980 eruption. It is still very much a desolate area with no trees and very little vegetation beyond grass and some beautiful fields of flowers. The numerous river flows off the mountain are wide areas of rocky ground over which any semblance of a trail cannot survive from year to year. Look for the stacked stone cairns and single wood posts that mark the trail.

The first couple of miles on this route crossed several rivers that were still flowing with water, but after that there was no water available until the Toutle River on the west flank of the mountain. The desent into the Toutle River gorge was a little hairy. The trail traverses steep slopes consisting of loose volcanic gravel and should be traveled with extreme care. At the bottom, the last 50 feet to the river bed can only be reached hand over hand down a knotted rope anchored at the top for that purpose. It is a steep enough drop that you will not be able to keep your feet should you let go of the rope.

The Toutle River was not difficult to cross at the time I traversed it, but I found the area on the south side of the river to have surprisingly few decent camp sites. Camping here was also challenging in that water had to be retrieved from the Toutle, which had rope assisted climbs in and out of it on both sides. I located a camp site a short distance further down the trail to the south near a stream.

The southern portion of the mountain is characterized by large and very deep washes that are both challenging and hazardous to cross. One was steep enough that ropes had been fixed on both sides. Without them, it wouldn't be possible to get through it. There are also large stretches of lava fields where the trail is often visible only because of the marker posts. Trekking poles are invaluable tools in this terrain and don't expect to make good time.

I encountered no water sources from my camp near the Toutle River all the way to a stream a short distance from June lake, a distance of 10 miles, give or take. I also saw few camp sites, those that were there being devoid of water sources. I did not visit June Lake, though I was told by other hikers that camp sites were available there.

From June Lake the trail begins a steady uphill stretch that seems to go on forever. On the eastern side there was a section of wash outs, some six or seven in a row. Once your are through that, the trail levels out for an awe inspiring walk across the plains of Abraham. The views of both Mt St Helens and the hills to the east are incredible.

The decent down the ridge on the Abraham Trail is steep and covered in loose gravel. There are wooden steps set in the trail to assist hikers in keeping their feet, and they are necessary. It was very windy when I went through here, to the point that I was nearly knocked off my feet a couple of times.

Overall, this was one of the most beautiful and rugged hikes I've ever been on and I highly recommend it for experienced hikers that are looking for a challenging trail.

This is truly one of my new favorites. Trail was awesome and in great condition! Went straight to the upper Falls, had lunch and a refreshing dip in water-less people at the upper Falls-so glad I read the reviews to go there. Returned back where son swam in the middle Falls. Breathtaking scenery.

This place is beautiful. If you are looking towards the forest from the parking lot, you can hear the falls. The trail starts back up the road you came to the right, you will see a little opening.

a lot of fun to go to the lower part of the falls!

A big cave lol

camping
7 days ago

Lower Lewis Falls is one of my favorite places to camp! Unfortunately the pit toilets are horrible! On the other hand, it is a great base camp to explore the Mt St Helen's area. There are several waterfalls in the area.

My wife, and I hiked the trail to the middle, and upper falls last week 7/2/18. It is a beautiful hike. We like to pack a lunch, and eat at upper falls. What a gorgeous place. Safe for the whole family.

hiking
8 days ago

Well maintained trail, beautiful views everywhere.

Unless you have Discover Pass parking will cost $10.00 per day. We did the Hamilton Mtn. trail. It was a pretty decent hike. It was challenging but you can squeeze in a nice break when you reach Rodney Falls. Not quite the halfway mark to the Hamilton Summit but a good 1.8 mi. from the falls to the Hamilton Summit.

Beautiful trail. 1st time to upper falls and it was amazing. Have hiked to middle many times, glad we pushed on to the end

Definitely beautiful and worth walking to all three falls. Trail starts in a campground so its pretty crowded. It is a very easy trail great for kids and pets.

Beautiful scenery!!! The falls are great and the kids loved every bit of the hike. This is one I will do over and over again.

hiking
13 days ago

The views are great. There are lots of roots and rocks on part of the trail, but otherwise it's in good condition. The loop is still closed, but you can go out about 4 mi and back for a nice 8 mi hike. The amphitheater is a cool lookout and lunch spot.

One of the best trails in the park

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing walk. Definitely worth it to take the long route. But make sure to bring a jacket—the cave is far colder than exterior temp.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike! This is definitely a dog friendly hike if you wanted to bring your pup with you. Make sure you take time to enjoy the falls — it’s gorgeous!

The road has a good amount of pot holes so if you’re going to go in your car (like me) just go slowly.

Enjoy!

Best of the best.

One of the best!!

When arriving to the parking area, you will have to back track just a short distance to access the trail to the lookout. Go a little further if you want to access the trail that has the ropes to assist you to the bottom. Both the lookout and the trail to the bottom are well worth the time and effort.
One of the prettiest waterfalls I have ever seen.

15 days ago

very cool experience.

I’m not sure if my phone tracked the mileage incorrectly but I don’t think the hike is 7+ miles (I think it’s shorter). That said, this is still a beautiful hike. After doing several hikes in the Gorge the views end up looking similar but Hamilton Mountain still has a breathtaking view. The waterfall along the way is also picturesque. We climbed up next to it and it was really nice!

Gorgeous, had a hell of a time finding the trail. Dont go up the steep Rocky mound in front of the parking spots, the trail is across the street and to the left. There's blue marking on the road. Def short, worth it to go down the rope part of the trail to the bottom!!

Awesome hike! Very beautiful with lots of amazing views. Only gave 4stars due to lack of directions...got turned around and didn't get to complete the full hike. Definitely a hard hike, with lots of up hill but worth the gorgeous waterfalls.

Switchbacks to Angel Falls were steep.... beautiful hike!

hiking
18 days ago

Decent hike. We went on a weekday but it was still pretty busy. It was quite the climb to get to the top and the view is obstructed by all the bushes. There is a beautiful waterfall which is where most people hike to and then turn around. While the view was pretty, it was the same as any other Gorge hike view. I'm glad I did this hike but I won't be doing it again.

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