Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Gifford Pinchot National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I’d definitely do it again but I would forget about Bluff Mountain and just summit Little Baldy and be happy!

5/16/18. The roads leading to this trailhead, and to various other locations in the Gifford Pinchot NP, are closed for ‘no snow management’.

About 10 miles round-trip. With only a light backpack, and stops for photos on the way, the hike was 2-2.5 hours up, and 1-1.5 down. Except for one or two steep parts that aren't exceedingly long, the hike is a gradual uphill that most won't struggle with. If you're thinking of turning back early, don't. The views get better and better until you're actually at the Observatory. Highly recommend.

hiking
21 days ago

Such an awesome trail! Don’t bring anyone that’s afraid of heights, there’s a few sketchy sections, but overall not bad. Basically no snow, there’s maybe a section of 10ft at the top that’s melting away. A-mazing views and sun for days today 5/5/18

Great trail for a family walk with young kids. Beautiful park and trail. The kids loved all the animal sightings, which included nutria, deer, turtles, and so many birds.

The park is a nature preserve, so that comes with a lot of restrictions; no dogs, no bikes, no trail running. These restrictions made for a very peaceful and relaxing experience.

Also we did not have to slog through spring mud thanks to the well maintained gravel trail.

I’ll be taking the family back in a few weeks so we can check out the other path that is only open seasonly.

hiking
1 month ago

This was my first time here and I did the trail clockwise, starting at the southern entrance near the signage, and wish I had gone the other way! I still had a lovely time but felt my views would have been better going counter clockwise.

Either way - lovely hike, excellent views and well maintained trail. A little muddy in spots and some bigger branches but all easy to get around.

I started at 6AM and it was very windy in some of the more exposed spots of the trail. Was the only car in the lot when I began and there were four others by the time I finished around 730.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderately easy hike with gradual elevation gain, great views of crater/blast-zone, in an other-worldly setting. the lack of trees and piles of rock and ash resemble the surface of the moon. very cool for a day hike. trail is in great condition.

1 month ago

Enjoyable scenic hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the snow covered mountains, on this clear April day (last time we came, it was overcast). Nice trail for our group, ranging 10yr - early 60’s. We saw some beaver, water fowl, other birds and a few other hikers. There are restrooms not too far from the trail head. Good way to spend Earth Day :)

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Did this two days ago and loved how it gave total views of Mt. St. Helens, the blast zone, and the forrest. Lots of trails are still closed, and the overlook doesn’t open until May 16th, so check in with the visitor center to see which trails will be open for you to use.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent forest walk. Unfortunately the snow level is still keeping this trail from being fully hiked. Made it to around 3000 feet and had to turn back.We will be back.

Great family hike!

Great for families. It’s a nice, flat, gravel trail filled with wildlife. We saw Hawks, Bald Eagles, and a Huron eat a snack.

Beautiful hike with great views of St. Helens. I went in mid March and there was still snow in some places.

Nice easy stroll for a bird watching and general wildlife watching.

Hiked to the High Hut on Monday, 3/5/18. Good conditions, saw 28 people on the trail, most were coming down. Trail is well groomed. View at the top was awesome, even though Rainier was in the clouds. Gaia gps had the trail at 8.12 miles, round trip, from the lower parking area.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This is a five star snow shoe. Some of the lower rating are off season as these are pretty much for the snow shoe trails. If I am not mistaken its like the only real snow shoes trail system in out area. Any trip you take is worthy whether you see Rainier or not. On Sunday the road was free and clear of any snow to the 3000' level. This does change daily and can change quickly so be advised. The snow was a tad wet but there was no rain due to a Pineapple Express. The hike to the High Hut is a steady up hill grind but take your time and you will be fine. It takes roughly 1.5 to 2 hours with a steady pace. Here you can take off your boots and relax. There is probably some tea in the drawer and a tea kettle always sits on the stove. There is a fireplace if you feel the need. Usually during the day the huts are pretty warm anyways. Enjoy this awesome place as well as take care of it as its operated only by volunteers who spend a great deal of time keeping the huts and trails in tip top shape. Thanks MTTA!

I loved this small hike. Such a big reward and it was clearly marked, luckily the road wasn’t closed.

hiking
5 months ago

Couldn’t make it to the TH due to the terrible condition of the road. We bailed halfway to the “parking lot”. Too many potholes, ridges, and ditches for a standard passenger car. You will need AWD and a high clearance vehicle to make it all the way up! There was also snow in the higher elevations. Would try again with a better car in better weather.

This trail was my first time being close to Mt St Helens and I was stunned at how beautiful and up close and personal it was! I did this hike in September. The trail is exposed so bring more water than you expect. A lot of ups and downs! View of Helens are constant, but the final grand view with spirit lake in the foreground is definitely worth the work.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this today with my wife, my 9 year old daughter, and my 7 year old son. It was a fantastic trail with amazing views. The loop had a perfect mix of trail covered with trees and openings with scattered rocks and mounds. Saw quite a few hikers on the loop. Clean trail, but we did pick up a plastic bag and a water bottle. Plenty of poison oak so watch out.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is part of the Mt Tahoma trails association. There are several other trails in the area. Looks like a great place to go snowshoing in a month or so.

hiking
6 months ago

Harry's Ridge is an incredible hike. You get panoramic views of the destruction that Mt. St. Helen's caused. It's a fairly easy hike at first going through some windy hills. You end up taking a left and going through some wilderness. There was some snow on the ground but nothing too bad (was in my cross-trainers). The real fun is when you start climbing up the ridge. It's a nice steady climb but nothing too hard. At the top, you are rewarded with some of the best views I've seen in Washington. I was blown away by how alien and beautiful the landscape is. If you watched the last Planet of the Apes, the ending scene takes place here. Highly recommend this hike. My second favorite besides Lake Serene.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a fun trail! Even though the clouds were low and we didn’t get to see much from Harry’s and got pelted with ice in the rain up there, it was still beautiful! Can’t wait to do it on a clear day!

hiking
8 months ago

We had such an amazing day hiking to Harry's Ridge! It was a pretty moderate hike and totally worth the views. I highly recommend this for a good day hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike!

We had an awesome hike! beautiful views and great weather! The trail was pretty dusty/ashy and there is little opportunity for shade, so be sure to prepare accordingly. Also, bring LOTS of water. we brought a gallon each and went through all of it!

Nice drive

lots of up and down, also very exposed / absolutely zero shade. pack accordingly

absolutely breathtaking views. take lots of water there is no shade. but totally worth it. great hike.

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