This 5.9 mile (each-way) hike offers excellent views of Mount St. Helens, the pumice plain, and the surrounding blast zone from its eruption on May 18, 1980. I’d like to say it’s because I spent too much time waiting for sunset pictures, but that isn’t entirely accurate. There was low cloud coverage on the way in, making the last 20 miles slow going (road paved the whole way). Coldwater Peak Rate this Hike ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Jason 1 year ago ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Public Tracks. You can climb various peaks and viewpoints right off the trail, but this trip report is for climbing Coldwater Peak and hiking up to Harry's Ridge Viewpoint on the way. Coldwater Notch is probably not something you’ll find on many other blogs or in hiking guides, the usual view hike being Harry’s Ridge and the big hike being the summit of Coldwater Peak which lies some 1.5 miles NE and 500′ (900+ effective gain) further out from the notch. Back at the Boundary Trail, continue onward and upward to St.Helens Lake and “Hole-in-the-Wall” for the only reliable shade of the day. Logistics + Planning. Er führt entlang eines Sees, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Cold and windy at the start and windy off and on throughout the ascent. The trail was very enjoyable especially since it was out first time hiking at a higher elevation! It's 12.8 miles round trip with 1,900 feet of elevation gain and a high point of 5,727 ft. There are about 10 porta johns where the food cart used to be. Beautiful view of the mountain and the after affects of the blast, pyroclastic flow. Be cautious and alert for changing conditions. You'll most likely climb Coldwater Peak from the Johnson Ridge Observatory via the Boundary Trail, in which case check out the related "featured hike". Margaret and then climbs steeply to the Coldwater Peak area and its junction with Truman Trail #207. Ran into only two other people on the hike so I was the first one out at 9am and alone at the summit! It can be a bit slippery at parts if there is ice/snow packed on the trail. Trail Guide Best Trails & Photos. This 5.9 mile (each-way) hike offers excellent views of Mount St. Helens, the pumice plain, and the surrounding blast zone from its eruption on May 18, 1980. Saint Helens, Saint Helens Lake, Coldwater Lake, and Spirit Lake from the summit. Once a piece about the size of a car tire rolled down so close and so fast we had to run back uphill to get out of the way. Boundary Trail to Coldwater Peak ist ein 11.9 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Toutle, Washington. Make a lovely half-mile traverse above Saint Helens Lake, hiking through a thick carpet of sedges and seeing Mount Rainierpeeking above the Mount Venus ridge. Saw alot of wildlife. Definitely a thigh killer though! Not handicap accessible and would not recommend for young children as the l 3 miles or so you are hiking on a ridge,, with steep drop offs. The first few miles of this hike snakes around the hills across from the crater on steep hillsides that were scoured by the 600mph blast. Reach the Loowit Viewpoint, a popular pullover for motorists heading to the observatory. Amassing views from the peak. Amazing views! Gorgeous. The hike is moderate with ups and downhills throughout the hike. Boundary Trail to Coldwater Peak is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Weather was really foggy which made it pretty nice since most of it the trail is exposed. The early afternoon sun warmed the rocks and the ice would break off in huge pieces and roll down the hill. Saw no one on this portion of my hike. Great run. The trailhead at 8:00 am the temperature was 53 degrees. Upon merging onto the Boundary Trail 4.3 miles from the last aid station, runners reach the junction with Boundary Trail where they ran earlier in the day past St. Helens Lake, Coldwater Peak and through the rock arch. Outstanding hike, gets a bit long at the end. Boundary Trail to Coldwater Peak is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Rainier, Mt. To continue on to Coldwater Peak, turn left at the Boundary Trail junction and follow the Boundary Trail north for a very scenic half mile to the Boundary-Coldwater Peak Trail Junction. 21500 Spirit Lake Highway The views are panoramic and spectacular. Johnston Ridge Observatory I hiked on a sunny, cloudless day and from the peak was able to see four mountains in panorama: Mt. On the way, enjoy wildflowers, pass by a natural arch and take in views of St. Helen Lake and Spirit Lake. After the saddle, the Boundary Trail continues to the north for 0.5 miles along a level section before reaching the turn off to Coldwater Peak. At.4 miles from the saddle and previous trail junction, turn left at the sign for Coldwater Peak Trail. Drive/Parking: The drive is easy to the observatory parking lot and the lot is huge. 10.70 miles w/ 1903ft elevation gain. There were no other vehicles in the lot. Survey Mount St.Helens’ recovering Blast Zone and get 360-degree, four-peak views from this high perch along the Boundary Trail. Good job fellow hikers! Incredibly windy meaning lots of dust in the eyes. A bit of wildfire smoke collecting around the mountain, but not enough to ruin the experience. Bear left and begin the steep, well switch backed climb to the top of Coldwater Peak. It’s supposed to be a day hike, but I seem to have a way of stretching these things out…so it also took me part of a night to get out of there. Elk, deer, squirrels and some evidence of big cats. Started the trail at 2:50am. Nearly no wind at all, but very exposed to the elements (sun, rain, etc) so hikers should come prepared. Stay right here another .4 miles along the east slopes of Coldwater Peak (between it and St. Helens Lake). Hood and Mount Saint Helens. Rainier, Mt. Got started about 0930. Remember leave no trace, pack it in, pack it out and leave the trails better than you found them. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (360)449-7800 Good job fellow hikers! Congestion. Amazing spot to have lunch with views of the other great mountains on the horizon. Fully sun exposed although today was incredibly foggy. 5.6mi: (Return to TH if biking). Portions of this part of the trail are steep and little shade is offered. As we leave the Boundary Trail and begin ascending Coldwater Peak in earnest, the other Cascades peek over the horizon to say hello. Three camps are along Boundary trail No. Run up to Coldwater peak was more of a hike but definitely worth the 3/4 mile. coldwater peak. The trail traversed under Coldwater Peak, and we decided to wait until for the following day to climb when we had reliable water. Although in the midst of the blast zone, the trail is alive with color. 68 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Correspondents: Steven Payne. There were no other vehicles in the lot. The trail to the summit consists of simple singletrack switchbacks that are easy to follow and keep the whole ascent a class 1/easy class 2 at most. Boundary West End Trail to Johnson Ridge Observatory, South Coldwater Trail to Lakes Trail Loop, Mount St. Helens Loop Trail from Windy Ridge, Loowit Falls from Johnston Ridge Observatory, Mount Margaret Backcountry: Lakes, Whittier, Boundary and Coldwater Trails, Panhandle Lake to Snow Lake via Lakes Trail, Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, 2020 AllTrails, LLC Alle Rechte vorbehalten. It is beyond these paths where you come across the more commonly designed backcountry trails, the trails of which bring you to Coldwater Peak. It's 54 miles long and runs for the most part along a ridge in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The pictures are taken form a hike that starts from the Johnston Ridge Observatory, a facility that documents the 1980 eruption – it is only about 5.5 miles away from the crater that was formerly Mt. Absolutely beautiful. Trail: well maintained and east to follow signage. Excellent heart pumper to an awesome view reward. 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