Toutle River Trail

HARD 33 reviews

Toutle River Trail is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,015 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

scramble

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic views, tons of wild flowers, frigid lake perfect for a dip after a long hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike. Not as challenging as I was hoping for but it’s a great area. Saw some people but not so many to be too bothersome. I wouldn’t rate this as a difficult trail, I’d say moderate in spots and easy on most of trail. Very nice views and area so it’s worth going. ITS SO GREAT TO BE BACK IN WASHINGTON!!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! 2nd time in two weeks and I still didn't have goat sightings. Cool temps, varied terrain, great views, great day hike! A couple of biting flies on the ridge, but not terrible. Definitely go clockwise for an easier way down.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Went up 7/10/19 with rain & clouds/fog but super cool hike when you get to the ridge. Even with lack of sight, colors of wildflowers, river, blue lake & seeing multiple mountain goats

backpacking
blowdown
over grown
snow
7 months ago

did this on 6/9/2019 started out little wet ended up being a nice cool day, lots of downed trees over trail some were pretty big! make sure you have a paper map! trail markers missing! up on upper loowit some fresh snow the night before made it a challenge to find trail in spots which was a little scary cause it was getting late!! over all beautiful hike will do again.....I recommend doing the loop part of hike clockwise( did see mtn goats on loowit)....enjoy

hiking
Wed Sep 26 2018

Did this trail the last week of September and the fall colors were fantastic. The Toutle Trail from the trailhead to the intersection with the Sheep Canyon trail was in good shape and there were some boards across the creek just below Blue Lake. Doing the loop there were several large trees that had come down across the trail, but none of them presented any problem getting around. My track record came to a little over 12 miles. Three miles to the loop and the loop was six miles. Didn't see anyone else on the trail.

hiking
Thu Sep 20 2018

I took my time enjoying the cool and quiet PNW forests in the beginning of the hike and took in the awesome views of Saint Helens once I cleared the thicker portion of the timberline. The Sheep Canyon Trail waterfall is beautiful and has the perfect outcropping for an amateur photographer such as myself. Also, seeing firsthand the raw power and destruction of the pyroclastic flows is awesome. The hike is challenging enough but rewarding throughout. I only saw 2 other hikers on the trail that day. Unfortunately there was quite a bit of haze in the air, both from the forest fires in Canada and the rest of the PNW, and I'm sure cranky Saint Helens was doing her part to contribute to the haze. Hopefully someday I'll be fortunate enough to summit her!

backpacking
Thu Nov 02 2017

Hiked from red rock pass to blue lake first afternoon! Camped off trail first night, Then took Toutle river trail to Loowit Trail (216) ! Hiked all the way to butte camp second day! Steep drops and sketchy trail in some spots! Found fixed ropes to aid in traversing wash! We spent the day at the tree line but as can happen were socked in clouds! Found a beautiful waterfall and only saw another hiking team once in two days!

Mon Oct 16 2017

Did this a couple weeks ago and the fall color was incredible. Tough hike in spots: couple of washouts along streams can make it tricksy to pick the trail back up; be prepared and know your route. Rough road to the Blue Lake trailhead. But the views on Sheep Canyon, Toutle, and Loowit trails are worth the effort. Hiked 8 hours and never saw another soul but us.

hiking
Sun Jul 16 2017

The road leading up to the trail point has some serious potholes so watch out. Then the last 3 miles is gravel road with more potholes. The beginning of the trail is a bit tricky to find but once you are on it, you are good to go. Very pretty surroundings and views so I'm not sure why there aren't any reviews on this one.

Fri Apr 11 2008

Awesome hike either in the summer or winter. An excellent cardio workout with a view that pays off at the top.

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