Harrys Ridge Trail

MODERATE 57 reviews

Harrys Ridge Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop 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
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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.

hiking
9 hours ago

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.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

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.

hiking
12 days ago

17 days ago

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21 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

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.

26 days ago

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

hiking
27 days ago

30 days ago

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!

1 month ago

1 month ago

I couldn't stop gawking at the amazing views!

trail running
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

The flowers were out, red and purple. Gorgeous views of Spirit Lake, Mt Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens. Long dusty trail getting there, but the view from the ridge was spectacular.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked yesterday (07/03) and it was beautiful!!! Absolutely stunning. It only got up to 68 degrees but even with the sun blaring I was chilly with the high winds on top of the Ridge! There was a fair amount of people out, but I wouldn't call the trail crowded. We were out all day, and the view was so clear and spectacular without a cloud in the sky, we continued onto Harry's Point after the Ridge for an even higher and clearer view. Definitely my new favorite Ridge hike! We drank 3 water bottles per person and my boyfriend got burned to a crisp so remember sunscreen. Oh and go soon cause the fields of wildflowers wont be around for too much longer and they make the sights even more colorful!