You are here: Home Find a Hike Trip Reports South Coldwater Trail

South Coldwater Trail

Jul 23, 2011

by Dalton last modified Jul 24, 2011 09:35 AM
Type of Outing
Day hike
Read More in our Hiking Guide
Hike: South Coldwater Trail
Region: South Cascades -- Mt. St. Helens
Agency: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Trails: South Coldwater Trail (#230A)
Avg Rating: 3.40
Why You Should Go Now
Wildflowers blooming
Be Aware Of
Snow on trail
No water source
Mt St Helens
The trail was in great shape. Well maintained.This trail is very dry so take along plenty of water. I never encountered any other hikers along the way,although there were a couple of cars at the trail head. The weather was beautiful as I made my way towards St Helens Lk. My goal was to climb to the top of Coldwater Peak, which I did reach. The views were awesome! Could see Mt.Adams,Rainer,Hood,the Goat Rocks and of course St. Helens looming huge in front of me.There were just a few bugs to speak of,not bad at all.I also saw upwards of 100 elk,25+ of them were bulls. Overall,this is a great day hike. Nice to see the Mt. St. Helens area recuperating an growing back to beautiful conditions. Take the hike on a beautiful sunny day as yesterday and you won't be disappointed.
Coldwater peak
St Helens lk.
Snow drift on an east/west running ridge.
Document Actions
  • Print this
  • Share

More hikes » Hike of the Week
Diablo Lake Trail (Apr 17)

Diablo Lake

North Cascades

Follow the Diablo Lake Trail up and across talus slopes on the flanks of Sourdough Mountain to impressive cascading waterfalls and stunning views. This hike in the North Cascades Institute's backyard makes a great option for an early season hike in stunning North Cascades National Park, much of which is inaccessible during the winter and spring.

Get Trail News

Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking news, events, gear reviews and more.

What's Happening
Trails and Ales - Spokane 2014 Apr 22, 2014 Meet fellow hikers and raise a glass for trails!
GiveBIG 2014 May 06, 2014 Donate to WTA during The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG event and grow your impact on trails!
Hiker Potluck in Vancouver May 28, 2014 Come out for an evening of great food, meet other hikers and learn what is happening on trails near you.
More »