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66 Hikes

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8365 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.49
(41 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage

Permits are required to summit Mount St. Helens. Find details about acquiring them in the hike description

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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4390 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
A forest walk and a wetlands walk-two trails for the price of one! This wide, paved trail loops through meadows and shoreline.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 4600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
8.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes

The trail is closed until further notice due to wildfire activity.

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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
Visit three looping routes on Mount St. Helens near the Marble Mountain Sno-Park. From here you'll enjoy quiet forest and views of Mount St. Helens, as well as a variety of difficulties of hike, from a casual stroll to a more sweat-inducing climb. It's hikers choice!
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
7.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
The Kalama Ski Trail is a ski route near Mount St. Helens that connects the Cougar Sno-Park with the Kalama Horse Camp. Visitors should expect to share the area with snowmobilers on weekends, though it is often very quiet on weekdays.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes

FR 99 is closed beyond Wakepish Sno-Park for the winter season.

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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4575 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls

FR 99 is closed beyond Wakepish Sno-Park for the winter season.

Hike to a glacier-fed waterfall pouring out of the heart of a volcano. It doesn’t get much more dramatic than that.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
32.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(25 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed

FR 99 is closed beyond Wakepish Sno-Park for the winter season.

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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes

FR 99 is closed beyond Wakepish Sno-Park for the winter season.

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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1570 ft.
Highest Point: 2370 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 860 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(17 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 430 ft.
Highest Point: 4131 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
Hike to a small lava dome with an associated summit crater in southern Washington.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
This is a winter only trail linking Marble Mountain SnoPark to the Worm Flows winter climbing route.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 2700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.42
(12 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
The Lakes Trail offers a nice day hike along a volcano-created lake, or a gateway into the Mount Margaret Backcountry.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
An overlooked trail in a high canopy forest with nice views of the area in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
2.86 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 445 ft.
Highest Point: 3140 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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 Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 940 ft.
Highest Point: 2850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Hike an old logging road that is slated to have a full conversion to trail in 2017.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
13.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

The trail is closed until further notice due to wildfire activity.

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

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
14.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 5840 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
“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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3068 ft.
Highest Point: 5727 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
Survey Mount St. Helens’ recovering Blast Zone and get 360-degree, four-peak views from this high perch along the Boundary Trail.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.62
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Wildlife
Climb through dense old-growth forest to a barren cinder plateau that bursts with wildflowers and unobstructed views.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
10.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2280 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.22
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 2450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(58 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
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.