Norway Pass and Mount Margaret Via Boundary Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews

Norway Pass and Mount Margaret Via Boundary Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Glenoma, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and mountain biking and is best used from July until October.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,066 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

Note: The roads leading to the trailhead may be closed during the winter season. A Mount Margaret Backcountry permit is needed for any overnight camping in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

Not the toughest trail, but a great view. All of the devastation from the eruption in 1980 is still there. Great parking. The roads in and out go from smooth to almost missing. I would recommend four wheel drive. I would highly recommend the hike. The drive in itself was spectacular

Hiked Norway pass for the 1st time (last Sunday in October, 2019) & certainly, won’t be my last trip there. It was a beautiful day, with incredible views of Rainier (peaking out in 1 spot), followed by incredible views of Mt Adams & views across Spirit lake and into the crater. Thought I was seeing things at first, but - there was a steady stream of smoke going a few hundred feet up - from St Helens crater! Wow!

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bugs
fee
no shade
over grown
4 months ago

Hiked here 9/23/19 Norway Pass and some of the Boundary trail on the other side of the trailhead parking lot. 7.97 miles with 1414ft elevation gain. Trailhead parking is big with 20 car plus parking spaces, pump water station, two vaulted toilets and 1 picnic table area. You need a Northwest Forrest pass, or an America the beautiful pass, or a day pass (buy online, or at a ranger station, I didn't see a pay station at the trailhead). Road getting here is a rough paved road, so be cautious. There was a washout on this road to the actual TH summer 2018, it's been fixed but not paved. Several trails you can reach from this trailhead; Boundary trail, Lakes trail via Norway Pass, Norway Pass, Independence Ridge, Mt. Margaret, Strawberry Mountain, bear meadows. I hiked to Norway pass, started at 3:45am no other cars in the lot. (Past reviews said there was a washout on Norway Pass trail but I didn't see any risky washout crossings so they must have been fixed or dry.) The trail is however very overgrown and narrow in areas. I heard elk calls and crossing the trail at the top of Norway Pass, but couldn't see anything in the dark. Norway Pass out and back is 4.5 miles. I did some hiking on the boundary trail on the other side from Norway Pass trailhead. (Trail is in good condition) beautiful area to hike in. Lots of mushrooms. Not a very good handicap accessible area and I wouldn't recommend Norway pass for small children as you are hiking on a sometimes narrow and overgrown side of a mountain. You do need a Mt. Margaret Backcountry permit to camp over over night on the trails here. There was one other vehicle in the lot when I left at 9:40am and a lot more people driving into the area at 10am. Lots of road work going on, on the road to cougar and the 5 south ( maybe 5+road work areas). No road work at night.

Most beautiful hike of the MT ST Helen, you see Mt. Rainer, mt Adams (we think) and mt st Helen within walking .1 miles from the top of the hike!

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is great but it is moderate, not easy. Most of the elevation gain is right in the first mile and there is little shade. Very nasty bugs as well. Bring extra water and bug spray. Leave your kids under 12 IMO.

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bugs
5 months ago

There are nasty flies. Got beaten! Bring more water. Very hot for the first one mile after that there are some little shades. A breathtaking view! Visit Independence trail. It’s very stunning!

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no shade
6 months ago

Went on a clear day and had amazing views. Not to bad of a elevation gain and hardly anyone on the trail during a weekday. I continued on the trail after it ended on AllTrails and had amazing views of st. Halen but the trail was washed out and had to turn around but worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

drive there is a bit dodgy, but views so worth rhe hike.

hiking
6 months ago

hiked this trail 06/25/19 on an overcast cool day. no bugs. great view of spirit lake and mt st helens at the end. trail is in great shape. nice quick out and back.

hiking
7 months ago

There is still some snow once you get up to the higher elevation near Mt Margaret, but it’s all passable. Yesterday when I went it was overcast and cloudy, but beautiful nonetheless. Can’t wait to head back up again for a longer trek on a clear day. Pay close attention to the roads once you pass the turn for the Ape Caves. There are some spots where you could bottom out your car if you don’t use caution. Overall great hike and I’ll do it again!

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closed
8 months ago

It takes two hours to get to this trail. About an hour in, the road was blocked off and there are no signs or warnings saying that the road is closed or will be closed. Its mid May. So disappointed!

hiking
Fri Oct 19 2018

started the trail late than we wanted to, so we were racing against the sun. trail is pretty scenic and you get different views of your surroundings the higher you go — spirit lake, mt adam, mt rainier. saw two deer throughout the whole hike. we took a wrong turn and made a left at the split towards the top of the trail. there was signage (from 2017) saying that the trail to the right was closed because of washouts, but we should’ve ignored it and continued on to get the full view of mount st. helens. the trail we took (to the left) sort of just... ends — with only a partial view of mount st. helens. i’d go back to explore trail right next time i’m in the PNW

hiking
Fri Oct 12 2018

I loved these views!! Went yesterday and arrived at 3pm and made it to the campsites by 430 or so. It’s an easy hike that goes through tons of beautiful fall foliage, and at this time all the leaves are smelling and crisp and like autumn rain! The sun was out and I got amazing views of Spirit Lake, St. helens, Rainier, Adams, and Mt Hood. It was crazy!!! Wish I could’ve made it to the top. Planned to camp there and completely forgot drinking water and discovered it was a dry trail. Had to turn around once I ran out. So pack a ton of water, and wear sunscreen! I’m definitely coming back to this hike. I loved that we didn’t go through many trees, because that meant open sky and views pretty much the whole way. I used directions from the WTA website and they helped so much. There’s a lot of junctions and sometimes it can be confusing. Print something out beforehand and make sure you know where you’re headed. Forest roads along the way were paved for the most part with some random yet kinda common cracks and potholes. like really bad ones. They’re not gravel roads, but it looks like the road split in half, maybe due to the eruption of St. helens? Some of the paved roads are cracked and caved in so just drive slow. All vehicles should be good.

hiking
Thu Aug 30 2018

So beautiful and peaceful! The perfect length and difficulty. If you go on a cloudy day be prepared to not see Mt. Saint Helens in all its glory.

hiking
Sun Sep 24 2017

We really enjoyed this hike. See my recording for more details.

hiking
Fri Aug 05 2016

Nice hike - just out and back, with good views of Mt Adams. Definitely bring bug spray...

hiking
Sun Nov 15 2015

One of my favorite hikes. Mt. Margaret back county is beautiful. Amazing views of St. Helens, spirit lake, various other lakes, and on a clear day you can see Adams, hood, and rainier. Just make sure you are prepared for any kind of situation you might come across! It is back country.. Meaning you're far away from any immediate help or cell phone service if something happens. The trail is clear and well marked. Also this hike is not near Stevenson, WA. It begins at the Norway pass trail head on the east side of Mt. St. Helens. You can get there from Randall, WA or Woodland, WA... Take Forrest Rd 25 and then Forrest Rd 99.

hiking
Sat Sep 12 2015

One more note. This is nowhere near Stevenson, WA. I would have to say Toutle, WA is probable the closest town. Also my pics are from Sept. '05

Mon May 25 2015

loved this trail...gorgeous view of mt st Helens and spirit lake!

hiking
Tue Oct 29 2013

We didn't go all the way to Mt. Margaret, but climbed to a point just above Bear Pass. The views were absolutely stunning; from the highest point, we could see Mt Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and, of course, Mt. St. Helens. The trail is a steady climb, but not overly difficult. It has a lot of variety, from wide valleys to narrow creekbeds, all the while with views of the various peaks. When you finally reach the pass and see St. Helens for the first time, it is breathtaking, staring down the mouth of the crater created when it erupted, with Spirit Lake sparkling in the foreground. The devastation is evident all around, but so is the new growth that has spring up since. We only saw 6 other hikers, so had a lot of solitude. The trail is well-marked and relatively smooth.

hiking
Thu Sep 06 2012

What I remember most is all the devastation caused by the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. White bleached trees laying all in one direction where they fell in 1980. It's a stark environment, Spirit Lake being filled with logs like they were dumped there.

recorded Recording - Oct 05, 04:25 PM

hiking
4 months ago

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