Harrys Ridge Trail

MODERATE 35 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
1 day ago

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

hiking
6 days ago

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 the spirit lake was unreal.

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6 days ago

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.

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9 days ago

21 days ago

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
30 days ago

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.

7 months ago

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

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8 months ago

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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9 months ago

Fabulous day hike with some exciting trails with views along the entire hike. Devils Elbow was narrowed trail along high steep cliff edges. I would recommend taking the 10 essentials. Binoculars would have been a must bring along this hike. No wonder Harry didn't want to leave. The area is grandiose and carpeted in mountain range as far as the eyes could see. History is alive on Harry's Ridge.

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11 months ago

35 yrs after the mountain blew it's still otherworldly. Morning clouds gave way to a mostly sunny sky. Jackets required around 11:00 am at the outset, but not needed for long. Wild flowers in bloom all along the the trail. Our lifetime offers an opportunity to see for miles in this landscape. Harry's Ridge is one of my all time favorites. I listened to different languages being spoken and appreciated all the more that people travel from around the globe to see what we have accessible as a day hike. Listened in to a ranger talk along the trail on way back. They are passionate about & respect Mt St Helens & surrounding mountains, valleys, ridges. But they're every bit as passionate & respectful of the brilliant scientists, Johnston in particular, who lost their lives, as well as the scientists who monitor this young volcano and advance our knowledge of the 1980 event & the rebirth of this magnificent area.

hiking
11 months ago

Today it was completely fogged in on our way out from the observatory. It also rained most the time. It opened up enough for a few pics but quickly turned crummy again. This was probably the only time I've ever been to the Mountain and not seen a deer or Elk. But, it was nice to get out.

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Great views of the inside of the Crater. Will overlook Spirit Lake and will be able to see the Mount Margaret back county. Always Elk to be seen on this trail. Route will be in the open sun, being protection.