Loowit Falls from Johnson Ridge Trail

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Loowit Falls from Johnson Ridge Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

14.1 miles
2880 feet
Out & Back



nature trips





wild flowers



no dogs

A hike from The Johnston Ridge Observatory, across the pumice planes, and part way up Mt. Saint Helens to Loowit Falls. A great hike from the Johnston Ridge Observatory, across the pumice planes in the devastated area destroyed in the 1980 eruption, and part of the way up the mountain to beautiful Loowit Falls. Mt. St. Helens is in Washington State. It's about sixty miles off highway five about 70 miles from Porland and about a hundred and fifty miles south of Seattle. It can be reached from the south, the west, and the northwest sides. Once a 9,700 ft cone-shaped stratovolcano, Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980 sending an ash cloud thousands of feet high. the explosion blew off the top and north side of the mountain, and devastated the forests for miles. The mountain is now a national monument and a research site on the re-emergence of a forest from complete annihilation. Thirty years later, moss covers the ground as far as the eye can see, wildflowers bloom as tiny streams weave their way across the plains, and tiny trees and bushes sprout up from the soil in a reminder to us all that life will find a way. The hike to Loowit Falls is an all day hike, 8.5 miles one way! Get started early and bring a headlamp just in case you get back during the evening.

6 months ago

The maps weren't very clear at all for someone who was new to the trails. We were kind of all over the place so we aren't completely sure how far we went. Must've been about 13-14 miles in/out.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It is quite a long hike, with lots of going up and down hills. Quite a work out. Make sure you have plenty of water for the open areas where the sun is beating down on you. Spirit lake is beautiful and the waterfall is pretty cool. The payoff doesn't seem as great as it should be for all the work put into the hike.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nice hike .. bring lots of water

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