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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.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 246 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

hiking
9 months ago

Windy!

hiking
9 months ago

This was one of the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen in my life. Absolutely breathtaking!! You can see Rainier, Adams, Hood, and of course St Helens. You can learn all about the eruption that happened in 1980 and how it changed the landscape dramatically. The hike is 428 steps plus 1/4 mile of a trail to get to the top, but so worth it! You won’t need to do leg day for a while. Take a light jacket with you, if you plan on watching the sunset. They don’t call it Windy Ridge for nothing.

hiking
10 months ago

Wow, a long staircase up to an impressive view. You can see Mt Rainer, Mt Adams, Mt Hood along with St Helens from the top, simply amazing! Great walk, better than any stair master out there

hiking
10 months ago

view is worth the short climb.

hiking
10 months ago

the views are worth quick 300+ steps.

Wed Oct 17 2018

more steps than trail,but what views definitely do again

Sat Oct 13 2018

so so pretty

Sun Aug 19 2018

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.

hiking
Thu Jul 19 2018

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 windy...so bring a light jacket or long sleeved shirt.

hiking
Tue Jun 26 2018

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.

Sat Sep 02 2017

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

Tue Sep 06 2016

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

hiking
Sun Dec 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.........

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