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Hummocks Trail

MODERATE 183 reviews

Hummocks Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 246 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

running

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

washed out

no dogs

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

I had a few hours to hike so I opted for the Hummock Trail through the debris fields of MSH. I went counter clockwise and faced MSH for the latter part of the hike.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

9/15/19 arrived at the hummocks trailhead on Sunday at a little over 1pm only 2 other cars in the lot on a rainy weekend day. Didn't see anyone else on the trail. Handicap parking is available here, but the trails are not handicap accessible. There is no bathroom here, but there are bathrooms at coldwater lake and that is very close. Hummocks loop trail is a easy hike beautiful area for a sunset hike. Also did the boundary trail to Johnston ridge which has some sketchy parts with close to 2000ft elevation gain. Great choice for a rainy day hike. Some mud and puddles on the hummocks trail along with overgrown areas. Huckleberries and wild blueberries are in season on the trail right now. Saw a bunch of shrooms on the boundary and hummocks trail including a big pile on chicken of the woods. Saw birds, small frogs, deer and a heard of elk in the valley below and even heard them calling out to each other, beautiful sound. The road in is suitable for all vehicles and the parking is spacious enough at times I have seen the lot full and also a school bus or two in there. Hummocks loop and Johnston ridge via boundary trail.10.38 miles with 1943ft elevation gain in 6hrs total time and 5hrs 27mins moving time. Hummocks trail loop is a great place to bring kids with low mileage, interpretive kiosks and a phone learning app activity. Plenty of benches on the hummocks trail to sit and enjoy nature. dogs are not allowed on trail and camping is not allowed in the area. Also picked up some trash on the trail, please remember to leave the trails better than when you came and pack it in, pack it out.

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this twice now once about 5 years ago on a clear day and again back in June 2019 on a cloudy day. First time was great and had great views, the second time couldn't see the mountain but still enjoyed getting out of the house and going on a hike again. Defiantly recommend it but will choose a nicer day if I try it again.

hiking
3 months ago

my go-to trail. my older kids did this with ease. lots of terrain, and views. relatively short, but time well spent!

hiking
3 months ago

Very enjoyable. No jaw-dropping moments, but very pretty. Easy 2.5 miles, mostly flat. And the drive in was cool.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice wildflower, important to pickup trail guide at Johnston Observatory.

hiking
4 months ago

Good family trail but a bit disappointing

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

Easy 1 - 2 hour hike depending on your pace. The trail winds through what will one day be a thick NW forest again as long as St. Helens doesn't blow it to hell again anytime soon. You are basically walking on what once was the top of St. Helens prior to 1980. There are a few decent views of the mountain but if you want the good views then I'd suggest heading up to Johnston Ridge (another 10 mins or so) and connecting to one of those trails. A good trail to just get out of the house for a couple of hours.

hiking
5 months ago

Swarms of caterpillars are eating away at the deciduous red alder trees. It shouldn’t be much of a problem once the evergreens grow back. The trail itself was easy and varied.

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent, scenic hike with diverse typography, wildlife, and plant life. The hike is on an easy to follow trail that varies from forested areas, wide open valleys, to volcanic ash rock, with rivers, creeks, and great views of Mt. St Helens. I would highly recommend this hike. When you do the loop, make sure to go counter-clockwise instead of clockwise (that way you get better views of the mountains). Great hike for those who wanted to see PNW beauty - and is not too strenuous while still feeling like a workout.

hiking
5 months ago

Went 6/17/2019 and if you could ignore the gigantic infestation of tent caterpillars it’s a nice hike with lots of varied scenery. Pretty green trails through trees, ponds and open areas with nice views of St. Helens. There must have been tens of thousands of caterpillar nests, and they were crawling all over the ground. Seriously everywhere and dropping out of the trees! No exaggeration!

6 months ago

Went last summer. Lots of different landscape. Not difficult. Nice views of St. Helens.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

An awesome meandering and easy trail that showcases some of the volcanic aftermath of St Helens. A little muddy at parts but there’s gorgeous greenery all around and some great look outs of where lava or mud slid down after the eruption

6 months ago

Nice trail and more easy than moderate. Offers some nice views of St Helens.

hiking
6 months ago

went on mother's day 2019 about 20 cars in parking lot about 19 more than I wanted to see! over all beautiful hike recommend for any age, lots to look at really enjoyed it. the boundary trail starts off of it we did take it for about a mile would of like to gone farther but the wife was getting hangry! going to hike the loowit next fall can't wait!!

hiking
7 months ago

We did the beginning of Hummocks ( first 1/2 mile), when we got to a Y in the trail we opted to go left towards the observatory. If you go right it’s the loop trail. We had an amazing hike! It was clear and every turn offered incredible views of St Helens. Most of the trails were still closed, but so happy with this gem we stumbled upon!!

hiking
7 months ago

Great workout with a single Bob stroller lol! A double wouldn’t fit but a single barely made it. It was intense uphill in some spots. But a great hike for kids especially older kids that don’t need strollers :) Beautiful views of mt St. Helens

hiking
8 months ago

did the start of Hummocks Trail loop, continued on the boundary trail. Hummocks Trail was well worn and easy to follow. boundary on the other hand was very difficult to find. (my first time on this trail, so I'll try again in spring). snowshoes or microspikes recommended, although I managed well enough with just hiking boots.

hiking
snow
8 months ago

3./17/19. beautiful day! gorgeous hike. ranger at learning center shared that the trail is day use only but if you are late there is not a gate that locks you in. they got 9” of snow on monday. there was a lot of snow! i had spikes and poles and i was very glad to have both multiple times. we went in .7m to where the hummocks trail meets the boundary trail. the view of mt. st. helens and the frozen body of water were beautiful in that spot. we hung out there and then made our way back. i want to do the whole loop when there is less snow. (also learning center a short drive from the trailhead has a bathroom.)

hiking
snow
9 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike. Path well worn only micro-spikes needed. Wish we would have come earlier to head closer in towards the mountain down the boundary trail.

snowshoeing
snow
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Unique terrain created by the 80's eruption makes this a short and sweet loop hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail. Short and easy trail.

Sun Dec 09 2018

First, the directions through this app are wrong. It took me to a closed road. I found the trail by accident. It's right past Coldwater lake, on the left, right before the gate that they close to Johnston Ridge. Huge parking lot and no bathroom. There were 2 other cars in the lot but we didn't see anyone on the trail. Great views of Mt. St. Helens.

hiking
Wed Sep 19 2018

Great loop good chance to see wildlife

hiking
Wed Sep 05 2018

This is a beautiful loop. Due to Helen's eruption in 1980, you can still see the damage/change done to the area; this makes for an ever-changing hike.

cross country skiing
Sat Aug 18 2018

great

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