Coldwater Lake Trail

MODERATE 27 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
1102 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

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
4 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

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

26 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Great hike, easy due to no elevation gain, 5 miles to creek and 5 miles back. Waterproof shoes in spring! Lots of wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

Incredibly beautiful hike!!

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. A few spots where the trail was eroded but passable. Lovely flowers. Watch for ticks!

2 months ago

10 months ago

10 months ago

I didn't hike the entire length of it, wanted to get back home before dark. But beautiful clear lake, gorgeous wildflowers all along the trail. I often took breaks to just appreciate the quiet and the scenery. Great outing while checking out Mt Saint Helens.

hiking
11 months ago

Not where we planned on hiking today, but arrived at about 1ish today. Parked in the first parking lot we came to, but started trail to the left of the boat launch. Hiked the first 3.25 miles. Very easy hike. In that 3 miles, only 2 areas of a steep hike up, but very very easy hike. Not much shade today, and it was sunny. Some bugs (dragon flies and some gnats on the way back). Lots and lots of wildflowers blooming. As stated, the trail is very easy and easy to follow, but lots of flowers hanging over the trail or making it seem narrow. Entire hike is along the water with beautiful views.

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Great! Not many other travelers. Great weather. Highly recommend.

trail running
Monday, October 12, 2015

This was a great trail for running, however, there were some chain link fences that were placed down for erosion that had started popping up. I also impaled myself on one. Other than that, it's in good shape.

The lake is great for swimming too!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

hiking
Saturday, August 22, 2015

The trail is in good shape, long pants shouldn't be required unless one has sensitive skin; ) The haze from the wildfires was really bad today. Other than that it is a fantastic hike. The hill from the observatory according to Endomondo is roughly 1000 feet, so one could go to the boat ramp for a little easier route.

hiking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Very nice, scenic, easy hike along the lake. Well groomed trail, mountain bikes are allowed, but didn't see any. Trailhead is easy to find at the boat launch. You can take a side trail up to the Coldwater visitor center. Will be back for sure and will probably bring mountain bikes fur an easy ride with the kids.

hiking
Monday, May 04, 2015

Clear skies over Mt St Helens and Coldwater lake today. The trail head was easy to find right at the boat launch of the recreation area. Contrary to some reviews, there are no permits required and be advised that there no dogs allowed on the trail. That said, nice easy hike. Beautiful lake and views. Signs say to not go off the designated path, but how will you sit on the drift wood and dip your feet in the water;)? We hiked almost to the end of the lake before turning around. Trail is well maintained with a few down trees, though nothing you cant step over. Surprisingly not many other people on this trail today. Be sure to make time to check out this trail if you are in the area. Closest gas station is about 30 miles away. And be sure to pack out what you pack in!

hiking
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Beautiful and sad and the same time considering the history of the area. The trail is mostly wide open and really not too difficult. Great day hike.