Explore the most popular birding trails near Toutle with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I ran this trail on Monday although we went clockwise and started/ended in the north parking lot. The trail was in nice condition and the scenery was amazing with my favorite area being on the north side looking down on the lake. The elevation climb on the southeast side was tough turning it into more of a hike for me during that portion but it made the last downhill portion back to the car a reward. Even though the last bit is on the highway it didn't take long and the shoulder is plenty wide to avoid becoming road pizza. Total distance came in at about 11.83 miles with 2,178' of elevation gain according to my device.

I am a new hiker with few skills. This was the first time I have ever hiked at any type of elevation or had to bring in water and food...I even brought in a change of clothes just in case so my bag was kinda full. all that being said, I found the first part very steep. I had to stop many times for a break but after that first mile or so it really gets easier. There was also a long section where there were bugs everywhere so I would recommend bug repellent of some sort. It was so beautiful and I'm glad I went. the trail was really easy to follow and the sketchiest part of the hike was the last half mile on the road. Because of the time of year there were several groups if hikers on these trails. There is a bathroom at a lake access point towards the last fourth of the hike if you don't like going outside.

Was a beautiful trail. The machinery was cool to investigate. Used trekking poles and was very manageable for even the novice hiker.

Nice farily easy hike around the lake. We parked at the lot and went counter clockwise to get the highway part of the hike out of the way first which was nice. Very well maintained trail.

hiking
15 days ago

Very little work for a LOT of payoff. Well established, easy trail with some of the most amazing views of St. Helens that you'll ever see. Went in early July and the Wildflowers were absolutely amazing. Keep in mind there are NO DOGS ALLOWED (most hikes in and around this area are no pet zones). Also, the original trail I downloaded from AllTrails had it marked to actually take the Devil's Elbow trail. Once you get there, there is a sign that says not to take it, and for good reason. You would be hugging a cliff side on a trail with loose dirt. DON'T TAKE DEVIL'S ELBOW, just stay on Boundary Trail.

Great hike - Weather was cloudy, so we did not see the top of Mt st Helen, but the views of the valley were awesome! Nice flowers and awesome views! Not to be missed!

hiking
24 days ago

Nice interpretive trail at the end of Coldwater Lake just below the Visitor Center. The boardwalk takes you out into the water... Saw a snake. Picnic tables provide a nice place to relax with a cool breeze off the lake.

hiking
26 days ago

A starkly beautiful hike with numerous pay-off views along the way, including MSH, Spirit Lake, Adams, etc. Hot and dry on the way up at 11AM, but we were eating a humble but well earned lunch at the top by 12:30. Thunderheads and light rain showers were a welcome relief on the way back - really perfect weather, perfect day! This hike reveals overwhelming evidence of the devastation that happened in 1980 - and all the wounds still look so immediate and violent, a severe and devastating beauty surrounds you. It would be completely believable to see Smaug fly out from the fuming remains of this blown out crater, or to tremble before the lidless Eye of Sauron above the mortally wounded mountain that still dominates this aching wasteland. Bring lembas

My friends and I ran/walked this loop. Very beautiful. There is a few 5-6 creek crossings, but easy. The climb at the north end of lake is pretty steep, but the views from the top are spectacular! At the end you have to use 1.5 miles of pavement to get back to your car in the other parking lot. Trail is in good repair.

My first time seeing Mt Saint Helens! Started at the South entrance which was a great recommendation to get the climb over at the beginning. But, the hike back to the car is on the main road! Would not suggest doing this alone. With my imagination and all the strange looks from passing cars, I thought I’d never get back to my car. :). Hehee

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with great views the entire way. Wildflowers are blooming right now red and purple. There is a bypass of the devils elbow section, clearly marked. Start early to avoid the inevitable crowds, trail etiquette gets rough close to the observatory.

I just finished this hike and I am so darn sore!!! started at 6:30am and finished at 12:33. It's a must do trail! if you do the loop be aware you will be walking on the highway for over a mile to get back to the s coldwater trailhead.

Awesome Trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! It was a challenge (for a beginner) but definitely doable. Lots of ups and downs. Views are so worth the work! My favorite trail so far!

A good day hike to get in shape. Good views of the mountain and the wild flowers are in bloom.

Did this South Coldwater/Lakes trail loop clockwise today. Bugs were pretty bad from the upper end of the lake to the top of the ridge. Black bear sitting on the side hill climbing from Coldwater Creek sip to the South ridge. Trails in excellent condition for hiking. Easy to follow and not too overgrown. This is not an easy hike, but doable with young teens and adults in reasonable shape. Took about 6 hours with breaks including the 1.5 miles on the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day for a hike! Mt Hood and Mt Adams were amazing today from Harry’s lookout! It was only in the low 60’s but seemed a lot warmer due to how exposed hear trails are, so bring plenty of water! Lots of people on our way out, so go early. One of our favorite places to go! Love Mt St. Helens!

Great hike! Did the 11.5 mile loop around the lake (including the road walk). The abandoned logging equipment from the blast is interesting to see.
This was fun with just enough elevation gain to make it feel like a good work out. My 12 year old, myself and a friend did this in 6 hrs including almost 1 hour of breaks.

Great hike.. We did upper half in and back.

Great snow shoe
We walked in to the the equipment and really enjoyed the day .

This trail was my first time being close to Mt St Helens and I was stunned at how beautiful and up close and personal it was! I did this hike in September. The trail is exposed so bring more water than you expect. A lot of ups and downs! View of Helens are constant, but the final grand view with spirit lake in the foreground is definitely worth the work.

on Toutle River Trail

backpacking
8 months ago

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!

hiking
8 months ago

Harry's Ridge is an incredible hike. You get panoramic views of the destruction that Mt. St. Helen's caused. It's a fairly easy hike at first going through some windy hills. You end up taking a left and going through some wilderness. There was some snow on the ground but nothing too bad (was in my cross-trainers). The real fun is when you start climbing up the ridge. It's a nice steady climb but nothing too hard. At the top, you are rewarded with some of the best views I've seen in Washington. I was blown away by how alien and beautiful the landscape is. If you watched the last Planet of the Apes, the ending scene takes place here. Highly recommend this hike. My second favorite besides Lake Serene.

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
9 months ago

This was a fun trail! Even though the clouds were low and we didn’t get to see much from Harry’s and got pelted with ice in the rain up there, it was still beautiful! Can’t wait to do it on a clear day!

hiking
9 months ago

We had such an amazing day hiking to Harry's Ridge! It was a pretty moderate hike and totally worth the views. I highly recommend this for a good day hike!

overall a ok hike don't like having to finish it up by a mile on the highway though.

We had an awesome hike! beautiful views and great weather! The trail was pretty dusty/ashy and there is little opportunity for shade, so be sure to prepare accordingly. Also, bring LOTS of water. we brought a gallon each and went through all of it!

lots of up and down, also very exposed / absolutely zero shade. pack accordingly

absolutely breathtaking views. take lots of water there is no shade. but totally worth it. great hike.

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