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64 Hikes

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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 4060 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Waterfalls
An infrequently-used but surprisingly charming trail leading to the site of a former waterfall, and offering the only access to Spirit Lake.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

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

 
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
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

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8365 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(39 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
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

 
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
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

 
32.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6000 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.13
(24 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

 
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
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

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 970 ft.
Highest Point: 4752 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(32 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
Named for the lovable curmudgeon who refused to leave his homestead when St. Helens was on the brink of erupting, Harry’s Ridge offers a fascinating panorama of the restless giant, still smoking and belching occasionally, years after her devastating awakening.
 
 

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
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.
 
 
 
3.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
This middle section of the Toutle Trail starts at Forest Road 81 on the north side of Red Rock Pass.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1425 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
Get up close and personal with Mount St. Helens as you explore the northern flanks of the eruption site and meander through the unique ecology of the pumice plains.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3068 ft.
Highest Point: 5727 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 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

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5699 ft.
Highest Point: 8364 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(27 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
The Worm Flows Climbing Route, from Marble Mountain Sno-Park, is the most direct route to the summit of Mount St. Helens during the winter season. Ice axe, crampons, and avalanche awareness are necessary when attempting to summit St. Helens in the winter. Skis with climbing skins or snowshoes with cleats are also highly recommended.
 
 

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

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 4390 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
This short section of the much longer Boundary Trail (which spans the Dark Divide between Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams) provides a nice day hike amid the unique geology of the St. Helens area.
 
 

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

 
9.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 4600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
The road to the Sheep Canyon trailhead has washed out and the trailhead is closed. The hike to the Sheep Canyon viewpoints now requires an extra 2.4 miles, and begins at the Blue Lake trailhead, found at the end of the drivable portion of Forest Road 8123.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 165 ft.
Highest Point: 3465 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
What was once a nice, short loop hike for families on the east side of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic monument has been lost to downed trees and heavy brush. Thankfully, the lake is still visible from an overlook partway up.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
The Pika Trail is a scenic winter non-motorized connector trail between Swift Trail 244 and June Lake Trail 216B.
 
 

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

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 3625 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(19 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls

The suspension bridge on the Lava Canyon trail is closed due to cable damage

This trail begins with an amazing, ADA accessible, interpretive trail before proceeding down a steep rugged canyon to a one-of-a-kind swinging bridge.
 
 

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

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1250 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 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

 
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.