Norway Pass Trail

Cougar, Washington

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A hot, dry trail through a desolation of timber downed by the 1980 blast of Mount St. Helens leads to one of the most spectacular viewpoints of the disaster area. You can look across Spirit Lake to the crater and smoldering dome. One-third of the lake is still covered by driftwood blown in by the eruption and washed into the lake in the ensuing tidal wave. On the lakeshore below Norway Pass, the giant wave swept everything bare for 500 feet up the hillside. Notice how the trees facing the mountain are lying flat in a straight line from the crater, while behind the ridge the trees are crisscrossed, an indication of how the turbulent wave of supersonic air eddied behind the ridge tops. Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water, which is available at the trailhead rest rooms; all shade trees have been flattened.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A hot, dry trail through a desolation of timber downed by the 1980 blast of Mount St. Helens leads to one of the most spectacular viewpoints of the disaster area. You can look across Spirit Lake to the crater and smoldering dome. One-third of the lake is still covered by driftwood blown in by the eruption and washed into the lake in the ensuing tidal wave. On the lakeshore below Norway Pass, the giant wave swept everything bare for 500 feet up the hillside.

Notice how the trees facing the mountain are lying flat in a straight line from the crater, while behind the ridge the trees are crisscrossed, an indication of how the turbulent wave of supersonic air eddied behind the ridge tops. Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water, which is available at the trailhead rest rooms; all shade trees have been flattened.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Mid-June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,500 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest; Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 332 Spirit Lake; USGS Spirit Lake East; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Driving Directions: Directions to Norway Pass Trail

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Apr 2018