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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.

Length 0.6 mi Elevation gain 246 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife No shade No dogs
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Nicole Nikolas
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Absolutely stunning view and worth all the stairs up. Loose rocks the entire trail so just watch your footing. There are a couple stairs that have big empty gaps in them so watch out for those too. Went mid day on a Sunday and weren’t many people there so it was easy to socially distance.

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Ewoks A. Lot
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Easy to navigate (as easy as 368 stairs at elevation gets). Rest if/when you need. Very few people wearing masks, but PLENTY of wind and outdoor space... The views here are among the "best-bang-for-your-buck" you'll find given the short distance of hiking requited.

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Holly Fueston
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alot of stairs but way worth it. when you get to the top you can get a little learn on as well as amazing views

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Tina Kaunelis
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The road to this short trail is amazing, although a bit of a rough drive towing a 32 foot camper! Nice spacious parking lot at the top. You can see 4 big snowy mountaintops after climbing the stairs. Amazing 360 degree views! Worth the hike up the stairs.

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Scott Bozeman
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Just driving the road to the trail is amazing. The view is stunning and the wildflowers are out right now

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Kate Leuba
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HikingGreat!

Steep, short pumice/gravel staircase ascent to beautiful view of Mount St Helens Peak and Spirit Lake. Too cloudy for us to see the full St Helens Peak, but still worth it. Parking lot was pretty packed; $5 fee.

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Allison Bohrman
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HikingFeeNo shade

6/26/20: trail was open. $5/day fee unless you have other park passes which allow access; was on the honor system as there were envelopes & a bin at the trailhead for cash collections. A stub of the envelope is to be torn off and placed in your parked car while you hike. Bathrooms at the trailhead were also open. Only 2 cars in the parking lot when I started around 9am, and ~10 cars when I left at 10:30am. All people from the other cars were doing other trails and I had Windy Ridge all to myself, and sat at the top for awhile just taking in the views. As others have said, it is windy! Suggest bringing a jacket

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Chad Newville
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We did this a couple of years ago and the view from the top of all the stairs is absolutely breath taking!

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Ryan Wooten
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Windy!

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Anne Myers
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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.

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Calvin Wheeler
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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

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Robert Vaught
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view is worth the short climb.

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Joshua Baker
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the views are worth quick 300+ steps.

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Jeff Fulton
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more steps than trail,but what views definitely do again

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Jillian DeMichael
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so so pretty

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Christina Markin
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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.

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thor thomsen
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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.

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Bill Watson
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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.

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

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Tyler Kirwan
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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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the.minimalist. menagerie
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Pinky Bandit
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Anne Elise Bradford
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Joshua kemp
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JJ Shaw
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Kyle Canzian
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Richard D
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Andrew Howery
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