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Toutle Trail

South Cascades

The Toutle Trail transects five ecozones over more than 13 miles, but can be done in three sections. Continue reading


South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens
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13.6 miles, one-way


Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.


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  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

WTA worked here in 2014!

The Toutle Trail transverses five ecozones and is 13.6 miles one way. Like a tree with branches, it connects with eight other Forest Service trails. From the trailhead at Kalama Horse Camp to the end at the Loowit Trail on the south slope of Mount St. Helens, no part of this is trek is too mundane, nor too difficult.

It is the diversity of trail features, dark forests, old growth, and volcano views that makes this a must-hike.  

For more detail on the different sections of this trail check out WTA’s hiking guides for Kalama Horse Camp to Red Rock Pass, Red Rock Pass to Blue Lake Trailhead and Blue Lake Trailhead to Loowit Trail.

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Toutle Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.1429, -122.3244 Open in Google Maps


South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

Toutle (#238)

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Mounument

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking South Cascades (Dan Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Mount St. Helens & Mount Adams

National Geographic

Trails Illustrated (c 2014)

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument & Administrative Area: Washington Forest Service

Gifford Pinchot Forest

USDA (2003)

Buy the Green Trails Mount St. Helens NVM No. 332S map

Getting There

From the town of Cougar head west on Highway 503 for about 1 mile then turn right onto Forest Road 81. Drive on FR 81 for 8.5 miles, then turn right to stay on FR 81 for 0.2 mile more. Turn right into Kalama Horse Camp Trailhead. This is a campground with a privy.


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