Harrys Ridge Trail

MODERATE 126 reviews

Harrys 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.

hiking
12 days 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.

14 days 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!

hiking
23 days 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

hiking
28 days 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.

1 month ago

Awesome Trail!

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month 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!

6 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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!

hiking
9 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
10 months 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
11 months 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
11 months 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.

11 months ago

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

11 months 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!

11 months ago

I couldn't stop gawking at the amazing views!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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!

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Amazing views if the Cascades and the crater, even though we went on a cloudy day.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Overcast and still sunburnt lol make sure you bring the lotion. I've been to the Visitor center before as a teen, and coming back as an adult to do this hike was amazing. The views you get the whole hike are jaw dropping. The trees in spirit lake were unreal.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hiked yesterday. Fantastic views of Adams and right into the crater of St Helens. Very little snow left, and none of it was an issue. There was a section roped off which was signed (dated 5/25) as having snow, but there was none anymore and there was a view point you wouldn't want to miss.

Hot and no water on trail, so pack plenty. And bring sunscreen.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Hiked today 6/5--beautiful day --amazing views
Some snow pack but passable and not difficult to navigate with the exception of one spot

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great hike! Gray views of the volcano and Mt Rainier! Started on Boundary trail from parking lot of Johnston Ridge Observatory. Intermittent sections of snow on the Boundary trail and quite a bit of snow on the last mile to Harry's ridge but easy to hike with proper boots and trekking poles.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

I LOVED every bit of this trail. Extremely worth the $8 you pay to do it.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

The perfect fall day for a hike. A little cold and windy, but well worth it.
Can't wait to go back next summer.

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