Hummocks Loop

Toutle, Washington

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A couple of hundred yards from the parking area you make a switchback to the left in a grove of thick young alders. Note the damage caused by elk rubbing their antlers against and chewing on the young trees. A short distance farther along there is a view to the right of the new canyon dug by Coldwater Creek. The tread passes a pond 0.3 mile past the viewpoint, and soon comes alongside of a cattail-filled marsh. After passing the marsh you cross a stream and the North Fork Toutle River comes into view, 150 yards to the right. The trail is now heading southeast with Mount St. Helens in view ahead. Watch for ducks in the ponds and for elk nearby. A small wooden bridge that may be flooded in spring eases the stream crossing between the ponds. The trail climbs gently after passing the ponds. On the way, the tread passes a couple more ponds before re-entering the parking area at its southeast corner. Elk are very common along this trail in the spring, I saw more than 100 of them when I hiked this trail in April.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

A couple of hundred yards from the parking area you make a switchback to the left in a grove of thick young alders. Note the damage caused by elk rubbing their antlers against and chewing on the young trees. A short distance farther along there is a view to the right of the new canyon dug by Coldwater Creek.

The tread passes a pond 0.3 mile past the viewpoint, and soon comes alongside of a cattail-filled marsh. After passing the marsh you cross a stream and the North Fork Toutle River comes into view, 150 yards to the right. The trail is now heading southeast with Mount St. Helens in view ahead. Watch for ducks in the ponds and for elk nearby. A small wooden bridge that may be flooded in spring eases the stream crossing between the ponds. The trail climbs gently after passing the ponds. On the way, the tread passes a couple more ponds before re-entering the parking area at its southeast corner. Elk are very common along this trail in the spring, I saw more than 100 of them when I hiked this trail in April.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Toutle
Distance: 2.3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best spring thru fall
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: USGS Elk Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Hummocks Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

6/28/2010
0

Great views of Mt. St. Helens and Toutle River valley.


7/4/2005
0

very easy loop, recommend clockwise (start by taking the trail towards the middle of the trailhead parking lot, not the one to the right). nice interpretative signs about geology and biology of hummocks. total time less than 1 hour.



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