Coldwater Lake Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews

Coldwater Lake Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly 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, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

washed out

no dogs

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.

hiking
2 days ago

Tried to do Harry’s Ridge but the access road was closed right after the trailhead to Coldwater Lake. It was a nice enough hike on a clear blue sky day. Views of the lake and some surrounding mountains somewhat monotonous but still very beautiful and peaceful. Not many out on the trail at all on a Sunday.

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2 months ago

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4 months ago

Just hiked the North side of the lake to the bridge. The trail is in excellent condition but for some wire sticking up. I went with 4 friends on August 1st and the heat was brutal. The hike says it is about 4.5 miles out to the bridge but we registered 6 on our fitness trackers. Make.sure to take a lot.of food and water if you go. Especially if it's hot. Lots of little springs to splash water on yourself. Very refreshing on such a hot day. I jumped into the lake at the boat launch when we got back. GREAT HIKE. Forgot to mention all of the scenery on the drive. Saint Helens is amazing.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

4 months ago

Did this hike with a friend and the trail was in great shape. Lots of beautiful, quiet lake views, some pretty fantastic views of Mount St. Helens on the way in and for about the first mile of the hike. We didn't see any other hikers until the very end when we were almost back to the trailhead at the boat launch. I will come back to so this hike again with my 8-year-old daughter soon!

4 months ago

Some of the best views of mountains Ive seen this year.

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy hike. Crossed several small streams. Very enjoyable

Beautiful view and pretty flat. Great place to take kids.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

what a great hike! The flowers were incredible and the lake and mountain views were beautiful. This is an easy, relatively flat hike that would be great for kids. a lot of effort has gone into creating establishing and maintaining this trail, and although, as trails go, it is not a very old trail, it is really easy to walk on. There are places where the chain link fencing used to stabilize the ground is sticking up, so watch your step especially if you are running.
Was able to go for a swim after our hike and watched a fisherman pull a beautiful trout from the lake. I'll definitely be putting this on my list of trails to take out of town visitors to.
ps: the views of Mount Saint Helens on the drive-in are an added bonus exclamation point
ps: please excuse typos! fat/swollen fingers from hiking!

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

Great family outing. Perfect hike for all levels of abilities.

6 months ago

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6 months ago

Such a beautiful day to be out hiking the lake to the waterfall.

hiking
6 months ago

it was the perfect morning for a hike and this trail was beautiful. we'll marked, almost totally dry, spectacular views, benches & am out house along the way. due to time restraints with my large group we only did a Mile out. I hope to return soon to do the whole thing.