Harry's Ridge Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately 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, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Get a panoramic view of the devastation from the Mt. St. Helen's Crater, to Spirit lake and beyond. Not to be missed! This is an incredible route for getting a sense of the total devastation from the 1980 eruption. You'll hike with the crater in front of you or on your right most the way, then turn towards the east mountains as you make your way to Harry's Ridge. From Harry's Ridge you'll view the crater, Spirit Lake with logs from the eruption still sliding across the lake back and forth with the wind, and on up towards the furthest parts of the damage. Along the way, in the right season, you'll find berries and wildlife. If you're lucky, you'll return as the Elk head off the mountain into the valley to feed and rest for the night - they'll be on your right most the way back.

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25 days ago

Gorgeous day, beautiful hike. The Johnston Observatory closes for the season in less than a week, so it wasn’t crowded at all. We only saw 10 other people on the trail today.

1 month ago

Must do this trail. Awesome photo ops, wry exposed so bring water, sunscreen and your camera.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Amazing views of St. Helens pretty much the whole way. The trail is well marked except for one spot - take "Harry's Viewpoint" for the trail to the top of the ridge.

It was a bit of a challenge for being out of shape, but WELL worth it

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1 month ago

This trail was beautiful with open and changing views the entire way.

The trail itself was clearly defined on the ground and by tall posts and signage. The terrain is smooth and you experience a few small inclines that most people can manage.

It is exposed to the elements so bring sunscreen/ hat, water, and a rain jacket.

Started this hike around 9:30am on a Sunday with very few other hikers.

Car park and visitor center was bustling around 12:30

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1 month ago

Awesome views of Mount St. Helens! I didn’t make it all the way up to Harry’s ridge because it started raining and the clouds covered up Mount St. Helens. I’d love to go back on a clear day and try again. I highly recommend this trail!

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2 months ago

Very pretty views! Pretty difficult for a beginner or not having the proper shoes. Lots of ups and downs and a couple switch backs. So beautiful and well worth it.

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3 months ago

Almost didn’t do this trail but so happy I did. You think you’re getting the best view about a mile from the top but I promise the last push is worth it. From the summit, you have a great view of Helens, Hood, and Adams. Pretty exposed trail but the views are worth it.

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3 months ago

Great views

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3 months ago

Great views of Mt. St Helens the entire hike! This trail is well marked and trafficked. Devil’s Elbow isn’t maintained anymore—it is blocked off and there is an arrow pointing you to stay on the Boundary Trail. Was able to see Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood in the distance while on Harry’s Ridge. There are wildflowers everywhere you look. Pretty exposed hike, so make sure you’ve got sunscreen. I got to Johnston Ridge Observatory around 9:30 and the parking lot was mostly empty.

3 months ago

Very nice views of the mountain

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4 months ago

Very little work for a LOT of payoff. Well established, easy trail with some of the most amazing views of St. Helens that you'll ever see. Went in early July and the Wildflowers were absolutely amazing. Keep in mind there are NO DOGS ALLOWED (most hikes in and around this area are no pet zones). Also, the original trail I downloaded from AllTrails had it marked to actually take the Devil's Elbow trail. Once you get there, there is a sign that says not to take it, and for good reason. You would be hugging a cliff side on a trail with loose dirt. DON'T TAKE DEVIL'S ELBOW, just stay on Boundary Trail.

4 months ago

Great hike - Weather was cloudy, so we did not see the top of Mt st Helen, but the views of the valley were awesome! Nice flowers and awesome views! Not to be missed!

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4 months ago

A starkly beautiful hike with numerous pay-off views along the way, including MSH, Spirit Lake, Adams, etc. Hot and dry on the way up at 11AM, but we were eating a humble but well earned lunch at the top by 12:30. Thunderheads and light rain showers were a welcome relief on the way back - really perfect weather, perfect day! This hike reveals overwhelming evidence of the devastation that happened in 1980 - and all the wounds still look so immediate and violent, a severe and devastating beauty surrounds you. It would be completely believable to see Smaug fly out from the fuming remains of this blown out crater, or to tremble before the lidless Eye of Sauron above the mortally wounded mountain that still dominates this aching wasteland. Bring lembas

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5 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views the entire way. Wildflowers are blooming right now red and purple. There is a bypass of the devils elbow section, clearly marked. Start early to avoid the inevitable crowds, trail etiquette gets rough close to the observatory.

5 months ago

Awesome Trail!

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5 months ago

Loved this trail! It was a challenge (for a beginner) but definitely doable. Lots of ups and downs. Views are so worth the work! My favorite trail so far!

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5 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike! Mt Hood and Mt Adams were amazing today from Harry’s lookout! It was only in the low 60’s but seemed a lot warmer due to how exposed hear trails are, so bring plenty of water! Lots of people on our way out, so go early. One of our favorite places to go! Love Mt St. Helens!

11 months ago

This trail was my first time being close to Mt St Helens and I was stunned at how beautiful and up close and personal it was! I did this hike in September. The trail is exposed so bring more water than you expect. A lot of ups and downs! View of Helens are constant, but the final grand view with spirit lake in the foreground is definitely worth the work.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Harry's Ridge is an incredible hike. You get panoramic views of the destruction that Mt. St. Helen's caused. It's a fairly easy hike at first going through some windy hills. You end up taking a left and going through some wilderness. There was some snow on the ground but nothing too bad (was in my cross-trainers). The real fun is when you start climbing up the ridge. It's a nice steady climb but nothing too hard. At the top, you are rewarded with some of the best views I've seen in Washington. I was blown away by how alien and beautiful the landscape is. If you watched the last Planet of the Apes, the ending scene takes place here. Highly recommend this hike. My second favorite besides Lake Serene.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

This was a fun trail! Even though the clouds were low and we didn’t get to see much from Harry’s and got pelted with ice in the rain up there, it was still beautiful! Can’t wait to do it on a clear day!

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Monday, September 25, 2017

We had such an amazing day hiking to Harry's Ridge! It was a pretty moderate hike and totally worth the views. I highly recommend this for a good day hike!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

We had an awesome hike! beautiful views and great weather! The trail was pretty dusty/ashy and there is little opportunity for shade, so be sure to prepare accordingly. Also, bring LOTS of water. we brought a gallon each and went through all of it!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

lots of up and down, also very exposed / absolutely zero shade. pack accordingly

Monday, August 28, 2017

absolutely breathtaking views. take lots of water there is no shade. but totally worth it. great hike.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Beautiful views!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stunning views of both Mt St. Helens and Adams. With hood peaking out toward the top of the hike. Very dusty and exposed. Highly recommend lots of water, sunscreen and body protection, as there is little to no cover from the sun. Highly recommend.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

A beautifull hike without any shade so remember to bring enough water and protection with you. Combined it with coldwater peak because we missen the turnoff but because of that we had an amazing view of lake St Helens and the Crater. Definitely can recommend it.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nice trail with beautiful views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood today. Wildflowers of all types are in bloom now. Saw elk, hummingbirds, squirrels, & butterflies from trail. If you need a restroom before you start hiking, stop at Coldwater Lake facilities. Restrooms there are open. At observatory, nothing opens till 10 and no port-a-potties. Trail well groomed, dusty in places.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Amazing views. Beautiful on a clear day. Not overly difficult, but bring a lot of water and a lunch.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Relatively easy trail with amazing panoramic views of Mount St Helens, Spirit Lake and the wild landscape following the 1980 eruption. Bring tons of sunscreen and water!

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