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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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64 Hikes
Pine Marten Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
 
Pine Marten Trail
 
 
Ape Caves

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 2450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(56 votes)
Ape Caves is closed for the 2021/2022 winter season. When it reopens in the spring reservations will be required. Find details below
The full experience at Ape Cave includes the easy exploration of a spacious lava tube, followed by more difficult travel through a smaller, longer, and more rugged lava tube to an exit. Then, enjoy an easy return hike winding through shady forest and crusty lava formations.
 
 
Independence Pass Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1665 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
The Independence Pass trail is impassable past the first 1.5 miles due to significant washouts and cannot currently be connected with the Boundary Trail to complete this loop.
 
 
Norway Pass

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(16 votes)
Witness the destructive force and the restorative power of nature on this hike in the blast zone of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption. The rocky ash and treeless areas are testaments to the devastation caused by the explosion, while wildflowers and shrubs signal the return of vegetation to the denuded landscape.
 
 
West Crater

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 430 ft.
Highest Point: 4131.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
Hike to a small lava dome with an associated summit crater in southern Washington.
 
 
Strawberry Mountain

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
Former lookout sites are ideal for views, and Strawberry Mountain is right up there with the best of them. See peaks in two states, the blast zone of an active volcano, and a few sapphire lakes set into the dramatic landscape. That is, of course, if you can bear the drive to get there.
 
 
Toutle Trail - Blue Lake to Loowit Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Take a short dayhike in a ghost forest to a beautiful babbling brook on the southwest side of Mount St. Helens.
 
 
Lakes Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
The Lakes Trail offers a nice day hike along a volcano-created lake, or a gateway into the Mount Margaret Backcountry.
 
 
Independence Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A connector trail in the Mount St. Helens area linking Independence Pass with the Boundary Trail. Views from here include Spirit Lake and the north side of the volcano.
 
 
Harmony Falls

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 4060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
It is dangerous to enter Spirit Lake due to the log raft which moves unexpectedly. Please do not swim in the lake
An infrequently-used but surprisingly charming trail leading to the site of a former waterfall, and offering the only access to Spirit Lake.
 
 
Goat Creek

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Hike along a lush green valley wall above Goat Creek in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Because this part of the monument is so infrequently visited, it's possible you won't see another soul on the trail, meaning you'll get to have the incredible Cathedral Falls all to yourself.
 
 
Loowit Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
32.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(24 votes)
Ready for a stunning long hike through the otherwordly landscape of Mount St. Helens? The Loowit Trail reveals the volcano and the blast zone in all its raw glory.
 
 
Mount St. Helens - Monitor Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8365.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(39 votes)
Mount St. Helens is a peak that should be on every life list. And because it is an active volcano, it is best not to put it off for too long. Climbing to the crater rim is an opportunity to see not only amazing views in every direction, but to see geology raw, unformed and in its making.
 
 
Harry's Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 970 ft.
Highest Point: 4752.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(31 votes)
Named for the lovable curmudgeon who refused to leave his homestead when St. Helens was on the brink of erupting, Harry’s Ridge offers a fascinating panorama of the restless giant, still smoking and belching occasionally, years after her devastating awakening.
 
 
Mount Margaret

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2820 ft.
Highest Point: 5780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.80
(10 votes)
On maps, Mount Margaret doesn’t seem impressive enough to warrant its namesake Mount Margaret Backcountry. It is not the tallest nor the most majestic peak in the area. However, it is easily summited and it offers clear unobstructed views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens (in three different directions), and expansive views of much more, including legendary Spirit Lake.
 
 
Coldwater Peak

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3068 ft.
Highest Point: 5727.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Survey Mount St. Helens’ recovering Blast Zone and get 360-degree, four-peak views from this high perch along the Boundary Trail.
 
 
Hummocks Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(21 votes)
Popular because it's the perfect balance between day hike and easy enough for little legs, the Hummocks Trail is a relatively flat loop hike among strange hills that were left by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
 
 
Goat Creek Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
20.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Escape the crowds on this two-day backpacking adventure into the less-traveled areas on the north side of Mount St. Helens.
 
 
Lava Canyon

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(19 votes)
The suspension bridge on the Lava Canyon trail is closed due to cable damage
This trail begins with an amazing, ADA accessible, interpretive trail before proceeding down a steep rugged canyon to a one-of-a-kind swinging bridge.
 
 
Ryan Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 165 ft.
Highest Point: 3465.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
What was once a nice, short loop hike for families on the east side of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic monument has been lost to downed trees and heavy brush. Thankfully, the lake is still visible from an overlook partway up.
 
 
Hummocks Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Why drive to the top when you can hike? Try this day hike as an introduction to Mount St. Helens for visitors who’ve never been here, or if they haven't been in a long time.
 
 
Windy Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A short trail accessible from the Windy Ridge area of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the Windy Trail makes it possible for hikers to loop up a variety of trails in the blast zone.
 
 
Toutle River Sediment Retention Structure Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This is a 1.2-mile loop trail that takes hikers on a tour of the structure the Army Corps of Engineers built to keep sediment from Mount St. Helens from washing down the Toutle River and inundating the communities downstream.
 
 
Elk Bench

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This short trail is located near Coldwater Lake and connects visitors to the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater to the Lakes Trail and the Mount Margaret backcountry.
 
 
Swift Creek

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This is a winter only trail linking Marble Mountain SnoPark to the Worm Flows winter climbing route.
 
 
Pine Creek

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 170 ft.
Highest Point: 3130.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
Nestled in the southeast corner of Mount St Helens, the Pine Creek Trail offers a short, easy graded path into second growth forest at the base of the active stratovolcano. You can visit a historic wood-shingled shelter built in the 1920s and continue on to a viewpoint along the Muddy River Lahar moonscape.
 
 
Mount St. Helens - Worm Flows Route

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5699 ft.
Highest Point: 8364.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(27 votes)
The Worm Flows Climbing Route, from Marble Mountain Sno-Park, is the most direct route to the summit of Mount St. Helens during the winter season. Ice axe, crampons, and avalanche awareness are necessary when attempting to summit St. Helens in the winter. Skis with climbing skins or snowshoes with cleats are also highly recommended.
 
 
June Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.86 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 445 ft.
Highest Point: 3140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
This sweet little hike on the south side of Mount St. Helens is a good destination for families seeking a short day hike, but it is also one access point for the round-the-mountain Loowit Trail, and a popular snowshoeing location, so it sees a fair amount of traffic year-round.
 
 
South Coldwater Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
This early or late-season hike takes you for a ridge walk high above Coldwater Lake, which was not a standing body of water prior to the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. You'll walk through a serene willow forest, marvel at the power of nature when you encounter twisted hulks of logging machinery, and see plenty of gnarled stumps where tall evergreens once stood.
 
 
Kraus Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1570 ft.
Highest Point: 2370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
Krause Ridge Trail offers a textbook example of a Pacific Northwest forest nearing succession climax. Whether you are a jaded forest trekker or an ecologist, this is a classical forest with big trees towering as a sunshade with a lush understory and an easy day hike.