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Coldwater Lake Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.8 mi Elevation gain 777 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Forest

Lake

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Wild flowers

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Muddy

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Getting There

As of June 2020, both the boat ramp and the Birth of a Lake parking areas are open. Gorgeous trail following along the northern side of Coldwater Lake. Trail can be made into a much longer loop at about 4.5 miles in. If you'd like to do the longer loop, however, it is recommended starting from a trailhead on Spirit Lake Highway and following the lake counterclockwise. Please see nearby trail "South Coldwater Trail to Lakes Trail Loop" for the full loop route. Start at the trailhead just left of the boat launch.

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument 42218 Northeast Yale Bridge Road Amboy, WA 98601 Tel: 360.449.7871

From Castle Rock, drive east 35 miles to the Coldwater Visitor Center in Mount St. Helens National Monument. The signed trailhead is immediately following the visitors center on the left.

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Peter Kaminski
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Hiking

Not too crowded, but the path is narrow so it’s more difficult to pass others and stay 6 ft apart. Lake access makes for a nice lunch spot.

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Yasir LD1
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Hiking

Beautiful flowers and great views. NOTE: We heard the sound of a bear by the water falls.

Kim Hansen
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Hiking

The flowers are definitely in bloom! Only a few muddy spots on the trail. Parking lots and restrooms are open. Note that you will need to walk down the boat ramp to find the TH.

Rock_Rat Mountaineer
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Hiking

This a great little hike if you're looking to get out for an easy picturesque afternoon with a light workout. Both parking lots are open along with the restrooms. Leave the trekking poles at home. Flowers are in bloom.

Tracy G
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HikingBugs

Beautiful hike today.. like amazing! Only downfall is the ticks my daughter had a tick in her skin

William Vesneski
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with amazing flowers right now.

Thomas Angie
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HikingMuddy

Great hike. The views were incredible and the waterfall at the end was worth the journey there. I highly recommend this hike.

Kim Song
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HikingMuddy

Really nice view! A little muddy but the weather was so good. Easy trail, not recommend for mountain biking.

Paul S.
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Hiking

No lack of variety on this trail, slightly muddy in places but well worth it. Not that social distancing felt like a real concern, but I saw easily 40 or more hikers 6/14, not to mention a number of groups on the paved paths, etc. near the parking areas. I saw maybe 5 people total wearing masks.

Kyle Cook
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Mountain bikingMuddyRockyWashed out

5 stars for the amazing views! But for Mountain biking I would NOT RECOMMEND doing this side of the lake. I will for sure try again on the other side as an out and back and I will for sure come back to hike this side again. Rained the whole way up and the trail was muddy.. Very muddy. At some points I'd say the mud was 6 inches deep. %90 of the trail was fine but there are quite a few small waterfalls and those spots were pretty hard to get past. Hopefully my pictures do it justice. Sadly I wrecked about 2.5 miles in and walked/rode back after that happened. can't wait to go back for a hike though. Can't beat the views!

Amanda Bradley
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HikingBugs

This time of year is it! Hit this trail it has it all. Beautiful lake, tons of waterfalls, amazing mountains, elk, you name it. Traveling lake side first will force you toward mid hike to have a steep uphill climb. Recommend reverse direction per skill level. Check yourself for ticks when done!!!

Warren Mccarty
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Hiking

Absolutely gorgeous! Had the place to ourselves because of COVID. imagine that it’s way more crowded otherwise. Will definitively go back!

Amanda Barrett
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Hiking

I only did the one side and back and only recorded one way bc I didn’t bring enough water or have enough phone charger. Would love to go back and complete the loop

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Mike Kipp
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Hiking

This is a one-way recording of the Boundary Trail from Hummocks Trailhead to the Loowit viewpoint. The trail was not closed.

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Miles Miles
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Hiking

The trailhead and boat launch area are reopened as of May 15th, 2020.

Lauren Trumbull
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HikingClosed

My husband and I tried to do this hike since it appeared to be open to hikers willing to walk in but it’s gated off and closed to hikers (and anyone else). Still a beautiful drive to get there though

Person Walking
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Walking

Beautiful walk, be sure to check yourself for ticks afterwards

Brandee Rae
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Hiking

Nice trail... it was relatively quiet and only saw a few other people when we hiked it. Had some pretty views of the lake and we saw some deer. However, I would only rate it moderate for its length.

Tiffanie Misclevitz
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Hiking

only did a partial out and back of the trail but it was a beautiful day for a gorgeous hike!

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Karen Wicken
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Hiking

Beautiful day for a hike. Some snow towards the end. A few muddy spots but not bad.

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Becca H
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Hiking

Completed 3/16 - great trail! No snow, just some muddy spots. Parking lot is totally plowed and didn’t have any trouble on the roads getting there

Claudia Alvarez
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MuddyRockySnowWashed out

It's a beautiful view, the snow on the hills and Mt. St Helen's is breathtaking. I was not able to hike the whole loop. I did not have snow shoes, I got to the point I was sinking in 2.5ft every step I took, I decided to head back instead.

Anthony L.
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails ever. Amazing in the fall, spotted two large elk from the trail. One of the few areas that are dog friendly (on leash)

Jennifer Dansky
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Hiking

The clouds were low and it was rainy. We were able to hike in about 2.7 miles before a large waterfall that was raging pretty strong stopped us from crossing to the other side of the trail. There was no bridge or another path to get around it. It was a beautiful hike and we’ll definitely go back in the summer when the water isn’t flowing as heavy to finish our hike.

Sid Mathers
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Hiking

Nice trail. Good views even when it’s cloudy.

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