Windy Ridge Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Windy Ridge Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, 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 May until November.

0.6 miles
246 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


no shade

no dogs

2 days ago

more steps than trail,but what views definitely do again

so so pretty

1 month ago

Easy trail/road that connects with alot of other trails on the mountain. it is a gradual up hill. I would call this more easy than moderate. Beautiful views of the mountain.

3 months ago

This is a definite must visit for Mt. Saint Helens. Much better than the visitors center Have some basic history and information (pictures) and some geology information before you get there and the area will come alive. It's amazing to see giant trees floating in the lake over 30 years later, the trees stumps where the tree was sheared off by the blast and see areas protected and new growth and new lava domes.

The trail to the viewpoint is almost entirely steps. beyond that is fairly flat and dusty but a geological treasure trove.

On a clear day, you'll see Mt. Rainier, Adams, Hood and more.

The drive in is long, the road is bumpy and at times the road is gravel but mostly paved. Plan on a good 2+ hours from Randle. There are bathroom facilities at the trailhead.

And yes, it is bring a light jacket or long sleeved shirt.

3 months ago

Starting at the end of Hwy99 to the Windy Ridge, take the Smith Creek Trail staircase up to the Harmony Lake Viewpoint area for Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake, with a 360 view of the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Rainier in the distance. Awesome scenery.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

stairs are a bit tough, but the views are worth it.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

did this one yesterday, awesome views great weather definitely hafta do the stairs

Sunday, December 26, 2010

We started hiking but a mile in we turned back. The wind was blowing so hard small rocks were pelting us in the face. but the view are good.........

2 months ago

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Tuesday, May 26, 2015