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64 Hikes

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
1.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 203 ft.
Highest Point: 2803 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
A rolling snowshoe route departing from the Marble Mountain Sno-Park near Mount St. Helens.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

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

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • 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

 
4.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 3280 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
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.
 
 
 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
There are two routes to Kalama Falls. One is a single-track forest trail that is 3.8 miles long and the other is a two-track road that’s 1.9 miles long. Both are easy to walk, with some elevation change, and both reach the same destination: Kalama River Falls.
 
 

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

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2820 ft.
Highest Point: 5780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.80
(10 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
20.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Escape the crowds on this two-day backpacking adventure into the less-traveled areas on the north side of Mount St. Helens.
 
 

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

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 170 ft.
Highest Point: 3130 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Good for kids
Nestled in the southeast corner of Mount St Helens, the Pine Creek Trail offers a short, easy graded path into second growth forest at the base of the active stratovolcano. You can visit a historic wood-shingled shelter built in the 1920s and continue on to a viewpoint along the Muddy River Lahar moonscape.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 3140 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Strap on your snowshoes and explore the Marble Mountain trails with a gentle hike to June Lake in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.
 
 

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

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(21 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
Popular because it's the perfect balance between day hike and easy enough for little legs, the Hummocks Trail is a relatively flat loop hike among strange hills that were left by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1665 ft.
Highest Point: 4700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
The Independence Pass trail is impassable past the first 1.5 miles due to significant washouts and cannot currently be connected with the Boundary Trail to complete this loop.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
11.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 5025 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 25 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1697 ft.
Highest Point: 4750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
Take a short dayhike in a ghost forest to a beautiful babbling brook on the southwest side of Mount St. Helens.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Good for kids
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
12.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

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

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

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

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 730 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes
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!
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
14.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 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

 
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

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 1885 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
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.
 
 

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.