Photos of Boundary Trail to South Coldwater Trail

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,745 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

no shade

no dogs

hiking
4 months ago

We luckily did this as a one-way, from Johnston Ridge to the South Coldwater terminus. I was impressed by the colors, the wild flowers, et al. We did see some elk, although so far away as to be mere dots, and got some very nice views of Mount St. Helens. But after the crest, and working back downhill, it was basically kinda boring and tedious.

But, the bigger issue was that the uphill was strenuous to much of the party, and the long, unrelenting downhill stressed others. We had some seasoned hikers in the mix, and some moderate hikers, but when it was all said and done, we ended up finishing 2 hours later than the organizers planned, and this was when we only did this the "easy" direction!

Frankly the trail's kind of a grind, and It's one I never intend to do again.