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Results List

64 Hikes
Cinnamon Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This long, meandering trail in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument makes for a lovely out-and-back, or as part of a big loop hike.
 
 
Boundary West

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 4390.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
This short section of the much longer Boundary Trail (which spans the Dark Divide between Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams) provides a nice day hike amid the unique geology of the St. Helens area.
 
 
Toutle Trail - Kalama Horse Camp to Red Rock Pass

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 3280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The first section of the Toutle Trail begins at the Kalama Horse Camp, where ample parking and camping are available. The trail crosses a gully and follows alongside the Kalama River.
 
 
Goat Mountain and Deadman's Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 5025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
Hike along a lofty ridge at the demarcation of the blast zone. Look south at blown-down and toppled forests and a series of sparkling alpine lakes surrounded by silver snags. Look north at alpine meadows flush with wildflowers and hillsides cloaked in verdant old-growth canopies. One of the best trails for comparing before and after the eruption landscapes, Goat Mountain is also one of the best for views.
 
 
 
3.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 3400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This middle section of the Toutle Trail starts at Forest Road 81 on the north side of Red Rock Pass.
 
 
Toutle Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
13.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
The Toutle Trail transects five ecozones over more than 13 miles, but can be done in three sections.
 
 
Ghost Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
Hike to a lovely, glittering, quiet little lake that at Mount St. Helens that few visit. You’ll have to work for it, of course. But it’s a neat little treat to share with friends, or head to it solo for some solitude.
 
 
Seaquest State Park - Silver Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4390.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
A forest walk and a wetlands walk-two trails for the price of one! This wide, paved trail loops through meadows and shoreline.
 
 
Fossil Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
An overlooked trail in a high canopy forest with nice views of the area in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
 
 
Truman Trail - Pumice Plains

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1425 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
Get up close and personal with Mount St. Helens as you explore the northern flanks of the eruption site and meander through the unique ecology of the pumice plains.
 
 
Sheep Canyon

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
9.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
The road to the Sheep Canyon trailhead has washed out and the trailhead is closed. The hike to the Sheep Canyon viewpoints now requires an extra 2.4 miles, and begins at the Blue Lake trailhead, found at the end of the drivable portion of Forest Road 8123.
 
 
Meta Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 3625.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
This very short and flat interpretive trail offers a wonderful way to take in the sights and sounds of a small lake still recovering from the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
 
 
Loowit Falls

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4575.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.86
(7 votes)
Hike to a glacier-fed waterfall pouring out of the heart of a volcano. It doesn’t get much more dramatic than that.
 
 
Blue Horse Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
Hike a trail on the southwest flanks of Mount St. Helens. While mudflows and flooding rendered the land close to St. Helens difficult to negotiate even for two-legged hikers, the Blue Horse trail has been cultivated enough that the way is passable and pleasant for both horses and hikers.
 
 
Plains of Abraham - Windy Pass Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Hike a challenging loop outside of the Windy Ridge area of Mount St. Helens, including a route-finding scramble to the pass. For your efforts, you’re rewarded with expansive, ever-changing views of one of the world’s most dynamic landscapes.
 
 
June Lake Snowshoe

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 3140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Strap on your snowshoes and explore the Marble Mountain trails with a gentle hike to June Lake in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.
 
 
Green River

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 940 ft.
Highest Point: 2850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
Walk in the deep shade of towering, ancient Douglas-firs and western redcedars and become humbled in the presence of these survivors of volcanic eruption.
 
 
Eruption Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
A barrier-free, paved hike of less than one mile from the Johnston Ridge Observatory. The trail includes interpretive kiosks and 360 views of Mount St. Helens and the surrounding blast zone.
 
 
Butte Camp

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1697 ft.
Highest Point: 4750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
Visit this gentle trail climbing through old lava flows, lodgepole pine trees, meadows of wildflowers and huckleberries with breathtaking views of Mount St. Helens. A creek at Lower Butte Camp offers a good opportunity for camping and plenty of day hike potential on to the Loowit Trail.
 
 
Birth of a Lake Interpretive Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
A short boardwalk at Coldwater Lake, the Birth of a Lake trail is stroller and wheelchair friendly, and provides interesting information about the creation of this lake thanks to the 1980 eruption.
 
 
Ape Canyon

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Climb through dense old-growth forest to a barren cinder plateau that bursts with wildflowers and unobstructed views.
 
 
Southwest Loowit Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
12.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Venture through dusty lahars, cool forest, and the high country on the shoulder of Mount St. Helens on this 12-mile loop. Do it in a day, or plan to camp along the way—this hike is both beautiful and a bit of a challenge; you’ll need a little scrambling experience to be comfortable hiking the whole thing.
 
 
IP Road (former Yale Reservoir Logging Road)

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike an old logging road that is slated to have a full conversion to trail in 2017.
 
 
Volcano View Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
The Volcano View Trail completes a trifecta of great hikes for children near Mount St. Helens. The nearby Ape Cave and the Trail of Two Forests both provide welcome respite from the typically hot and dry hikes around St. Helens. The Ape Caves weave underground through old lava tubes, while the Trail of Two Forests shows the volcano's power, contrasting old-growth forest with the devastated landscape that didn't escape the 1980 explosion. Now the new Volcano View Trail offers hikers of every age a mile-long nature trail that curves around stumps, boulders and hemlocks.
 
 
Windy Ridge and Plains of Abraham

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(11 votes)
Climb to really excellent views of Rainier, Adams and Mount St. Helens via an exposed ridgeline before traversing east through hillside wildflowers, and ending at junction with the Loowit Trail in the center of the Plains of Abraham.
 
 
Zig Zag Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 730 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Zig Zag is a solitary lake set high in the southern Cascades. While difficult to get to, it's worth the time and effort to explore this area.
 
 
Windy Ridge Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
The drive to Mount St. Helens’ Windy Ridge is spectacular! From this east side of the mountain, the summit is close — more so than from the Johnston Observatory side. And it is quiet!
 
 
Whittier Ridge-Lakes Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
14.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
“Most Difficult”. If you can accept and safely navigate what that means, the Whittier Ridge Trail offers you an airy and ruggedly scenic connection between the Boundary Trail and the Lakes Trail, for an 8.5-mile loop, part of a 14.3-mile “lollipop” day hike.
 
 
Trail of Two Forests

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 1885.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
This trail loops through two forests that stand side by side, but are separated in age by 2000 years. One forest is old-growth Douglas-fir and western red-cedar and the other is a young forest that was originally engulfed by lava flows from an eruption of Mount St. Helens over two millennia ago.
 
 
Goat Marsh Research Area

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)