Birth of a Lake Loop Trail

EASY 11 reviews

Birth of a Lake Loop Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
52 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

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

walking
4 months ago

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

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Pretty. Nice place to have lunch.

walking
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.

walking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

walking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

hiking
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

For it's length, this trail has some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever seen. The last 1/4 mile or so is on a boardwalk that stretches out into the lake and offers amazing vistas of the surrounding peaks and Mt. St. Helens. Lots of eruption debris is still in the water, but the water is crystal clear and on a clear day, clouds reflect nicely in its surface. The lake was created when the eruption occurred on May 18, 1980. As other lakes were all but destroyed, this one formed as a new site for nature to recover and display glorious colors in all seasons. If you are visiting the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, this trail is a must-see. Only downside? No pets allowed, which is the case in all National Parks.