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Hike was awesome! We went on Sunday, 13 MAY. Clear day, which made for some awesome views once you started climbing. Don’t get confused with the Coldwater Lake sign you see on the left-hand side. It is not the parking lot before for the trailhead for the hike. That parking lot leads you to nice boardwalk around part of the lake, which I clocked just over 1/2 mile. You will have to drive past that parking lot, down to the parking lot for Hummocks Trail since the road is still closed for Coldwater Lake. From the parking lot, you will have to walk around the barrier and walk on the road to the trailhead for Coldwater Lake. It is under a mile walk to the trailhead.

hiking
12 days ago

Hi friends! Sunday, May 13th, 2018 was beautiful at Coldwater lake. Flowers were juuuust starting out, with a few tiny Lupine, nice groups of Paintbrush, and beargrass shoots were working their way up. The small meadows were yet to bloom, so I’d imagine a couple weeks out it will be fantastic. The water was cold as heck even in shallow areas, but that’s to be expected.

At the far end of the lake and looking up towards the passes (opposite the trailhead), there seemed to be a moderate amount of snow on the slopes (looking up towards Snow Lake). I’d imagine if warm weather holds it won’t be too long before the little lakes up-trail will be good to go.

Cheers!

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.

Tried to do Harry’s Ridge but the access road was closed right after the trailhead to Coldwater Lake. It was a nice enough hike on a clear blue sky day. Views of the lake and some surrounding mountains somewhat monotonous but still very beautiful and peaceful. Not many out on the trail at all on a Sunday.

hiking
5 months ago

Couldn’t quite make it to the trailhead with my 7 year old and 9 year old. It was too steep for them from the parking area. Instead we hiked south to the river and along the Kalama snow trail. It was nicely marked and we had a good time.

The mileage for this trail doesn’t include the mile you have to hike to the trailhead.

on Toutle River Trail

backpacking
6 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
6 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
7 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
7 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!

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
9 months ago

Stunning views of both Mt St. Helens and Adams. With hood peaking out toward the top of the hike. Very dusty and exposed. Highly recommend lots of water, sunscreen and body protection, as there is little to no cover from the sun. Highly recommend.

hiking
9 months ago

A beautifull hike without any shade so remember to bring enough water and protection with you. Combined it with coldwater peak because we missen the turnoff but because of that we had an amazing view of lake St Helens and the Crater. Definitely can recommend it.

Actually wanted to hike the Harry Ridge trail but didn't see the exit so we hiked to the peak which had an amazing view. Steep though but it was worth it.

walking
9 months ago

Great little trail, no equipment needed, great views of Coldwater lake

Just hiked the North side of the lake to the bridge. The trail is in excellent condition but for some wire sticking up. I went with 4 friends on August 1st and the heat was brutal. The hike says it is about 4.5 miles out to the bridge but we registered 6 on our fitness trackers. Make.sure to take a lot.of food and water if you go. Especially if it's hot. Lots of little springs to splash water on yourself. Very refreshing on such a hot day. I jumped into the lake at the boat launch when we got back. GREAT HIKE. Forgot to mention all of the scenery on the drive. Saint Helens is amazing.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail with beautiful views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood today. Wildflowers of all types are in bloom now. Saw elk, hummingbirds, squirrels, & butterflies from trail. If you need a restroom before you start hiking, stop at Coldwater Lake facilities. Restrooms there are open. At observatory, nothing opens till 10 and no port-a-potties. Trail well groomed, dusty in places.

Fun little hike

Did this hike with a friend and the trail was in great shape. Lots of beautiful, quiet lake views, some pretty fantastic views of Mount St. Helens on the way in and for about the first mile of the hike. We didn't see any other hikers until the very end when we were almost back to the trailhead at the boat launch. I will come back to so this hike again with my 8-year-old daughter soon!

Amazing views. Beautiful on a clear day. Not overly difficult, but bring a lot of water and a lunch.

Relatively easy trail with amazing panoramic views of Mount St Helens, Spirit Lake and the wild landscape following the 1980 eruption. Bring tons of sunscreen and water!

Some of the best views of mountains Ive seen this year.

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy hike. Crossed several small streams. Very enjoyable

I couldn't stop gawking at the amazing views!

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike with the family. Gorgeous views of the mountain.

We went the first weekend of July and all the wild flowers are in bloom. It was a little dry and in direct sun so bring a wide brimmed hat and shoes with good traction the ashy dirt gets a little slick. over all great hike with breathtaking beauty.

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