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Harry's Ridge Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is best used from June until November.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 1,564 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Lake

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No shade

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No dogs

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Note: As of June 2020, the road to the trailhead is closed. Please check with the park page for more information. 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. $8/person day use fee that can be paid inside the Johnston Ridge Observatory (the start of the trail).

Total time on the trail includes plenty of dawdling: taking pictures, relaxing on Harry's Ridge, watching the sunset & the elk feeding. Easily a couple hours could be saved off for the focused hiker. Also, there's a part of the trail early on that has a lengthy piece of trail on a steep gravely mountainside - not the best if you fear heights or have kids probably. Take care when passing others.Trip begins at Johnston Ridge Observatory and ends at Parking Lot.

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Beth Chavez
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Hiking

Road closed 7mils before Johnston’s observatory, which is way before Harry’s ridge. Whole hwy blocked.

Grace Brewer
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Hiking

no snow yet. cold so bring hat and gloves. stunning views the entire hike.

Dave Kasperson
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Hiking

Not a bad trail. Good parking. To get there and you use a GPS just set it to “Johnston Observatory”. They share a parking lot. The trail was long but not difficult. Good views. I saw some elk. It was foggy when I arrived, but it did burn off. Not the greatest trail signs.

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f c
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Hiking

went to devil’s elbow. beautiful.

Joe Y.
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HikingRockySnow

Fantastic hike over new terrain thanks to Mount St Helens. Trail well marked from the Observatory. Saw 2 herds of cow elk and 4 bulls chasing them along the ridge. Spectacular views and quite enjoyable.

Jason Salley
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Hiking

Hiked this trail in early October and it was awesome. The views were stunning with clouds rolling right up over the trail.

Tom Holt
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Hiking

Very well maintained. a lot of moderate up and down, so total elev. gain/loss from the Johnston Observatory is quite a bit more than the difference of elevations been the two points. On a cloudy day (Saturday) with intermittent showers views were very limited. But when sun cut through: Wow! Will go back on a sunny day. There is no shade and very few spots on the trail suitable to stop for a "picnic" break, so pla. accordingly. Overall a great hiking trail. Not much traffic, but temps were 40s and lots of mist/light rain to keep fair weather hikers away.

Sarah Colby
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy to get to! Really awesome views of the devastation. There are some other trails to go off and explore as well! Devils elbow (I think that’s what it was called) was a cool stop. We also took a trail that went straight out into the open land which was cool and explored a watering hole. Fun hike and pretty moderate so it doesn’t tire you out too bad!

Jason Cory
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Hiking

It was a great hike with very little traffic on the trail. The ranger at the visitor center was very helpful. The trail was well marked and easy to negotiate. If you want views of Mt St Helens, check weather report before you go.

Shawn Thompson
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HikingNo shade

Completed this hike on Sept 21, 2019. You don’t need a map to use this trail, it’s clearly marked. There were a few parts of the trail that were almost covered. The hardest part was the last 1/4 mile up to the top, that was a pretty steep climb. Once you get to the top the map shows the trail going a little further but you don’t need to. It’s the same view but different perspective. Outside of that it was a very beautiful hike and I couldn’t of asked for a better day temperature wise and clear skies in which I could see Mount St Helens in all its beauty.

Megan Villarreal
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Did this hike on 9/21. It was PHENOMENAL! Not difficult at all and the views are breath taking especially when you get to the top of the ridge. Once at the top you can take a rest near the monitors or continue down the hill where it is super quiet and you can sit and stare at the smoking crater. We saw a couple baby garter snakes and on our way back down....A BEAR! It was so cool. It was far enough away to feel completely safe but close enough to be incredibly excited about it. We even saw bear tracks amongst the overabundance of elk tracks. The Johnston Ridge Observatory was super neat and the rangers were all very helpful and friendly. Next hike there will be to Coldwater peak which looks amazing and perfectly difficult.

Christopher Grissom
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Hiking

Beautiful views of mt St. Helens

Jon Daries
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HikingNo shade

Hiked on September 21. Beautiful weather for it, clear day with perfect view of the crater from Johnston Ridge Observatory. We were originally planning a (too) ambitious hike to Loowit falls, but at the gentle coaxing of the staff and a volunteer, decided instead to do Harry's Ridge. The huckleberry bushes were covered in berries and turning dark red, meaning the hillsides were gorgeously piebald with fall colors. The hike is almost completely without shade, so I would not want to do it in the summer, but early fall on a breezy day was pretty good.

Lisa Mayner
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful little hike. It took us 2 hours and 40 minutes in and out. we were moving pretty quickly. Bring lots of water (I took 2 liters but could have drank more). You are fully exposed to the sun so it does hey pretty hot. Beautiful views of Mt. St. Helens and the lake!

Alma Santiago
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Beautiful day for a hike, a little cloudy which was perfect. Despite the fog, great views

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Ying bao Love
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Melinda Laubscher
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HikingNo shade

Beatiful trail. Relatively easy moderate with nothing tricky. Views are spectacular from beginning to end. Wild flowers still blooming too. Weather was perfect. Sunny with puffy clouds. Glad we got started early because with no shade, it would have not been as enjoyable

Thomas Pham
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HikingNo shade

Not too difficult just exposed so definitely bring a hat and sun protection. Views of Mt. St. Helens is truly epic here. Only saw a few other people make it up to the end of the ridge. Besides St. Helens, you'll get a really great look at Spirit Lake with all the fall logs still there as well as Mt. Adams in the distance I believe. Great hike overall.

JW ME
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Kati Davis
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Hiking

plan for sun protection since there is very little-to no shade cover on this trail. definitely worth the hike if you can handle the up-and-down nature of it! stunning views! we saw a herd of elk down below the trail, between us and the mountain, a goat, and lots of chipmunks!

Shantanu S.
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Brian Rozboril
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HikingNo shade

Really nice and easy to follow trail. Pretty exposed so be sure to bring sun protection. Clouds rolled in by the time I got to the top of the ridge and Mt St. Helens was kinda obscured, which was a tad disappointing, but it was a beautiful hike nonetheless.

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Deborah North
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Hiking

On a sunny day the views are spectacular. We saw Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Mount thing Helen from the ridge.

Melissa Brazil
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We got lucky with the weather- 80+ and barely any wind. The views were amazing! Like others have said, there is barely any shade and it’s up and down the whole time. AllTrails and Fitbit said it was more like 9 miles out and back. Take more water than you think you’ll need! We brought extra and were glad we did. We each drank 120-ish ounces of water and were out before we got back. The sun, high altitude, and ups abs downs really take a toll on ya! Happy hiking!

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Alex Hanton
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Hiking

Such a beautiful view throughout the hike, but especially when you get to Harry’s. Great views of St. Helens, Adams, and Hood in the distance. Lots of other cool trails along the way if you want to make it a longer hike.

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