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64 Hikes
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.
 
 
Loowit Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
32.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.09
(23 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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Mount Margaret

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2820 ft.
Highest Point: 5780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.71
(7 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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Goat Marsh Research Area

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
 
 
 
Boundary Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
57.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 12300 ft.
Highest Point: 5690.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)