Harry's Ridge

Toutle, Washington

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Along this trail Mount St. Helens and the Pumice Plain come into full view to the south. The Boundary Trail descends gently along the flower-covered ridge for a short distance. Mount Adams and Spirit Lake are in view to the right along this traverse. As you leave the junction with the Truman Trail the path climbs to the northeast, reaching the ridgeline at Spillover Saddle. The Spillover is where the Debris Avalanche, which immediately preceded the May 1980 eruption, crossed over the top of Johnston Ridge and descended into South Coldwater Canyon. The hummocks on both sides of the trail were once part of the pre-1980 Mount St. Helens. The cairn-marked trail winds up a hillside covered with flowers and blasted-off stumps. In either case Mount Adams is in view to the east, and from either viewpoint the panoramic view is spectacular in all directions. To the south is the crater of Mount St. Helens, with the nearly black Lava Dome bulging in its center. Spirit Lake and Windy Ridge are to the east. The rugged peaks of the Mount Margaret Backcountry are to the north, and to the west is the devastated area along the Toutle River. There is an abandoned volcano-monitoring site on the top of Harry’s Ridge.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Along this trail Mount St. Helens and the Pumice Plain come into full view to the south. The Boundary Trail descends gently along the flower-covered ridge for a short distance. Mount Adams and Spirit Lake are in view to the right along this traverse. As you leave the junction with the Truman Trail the path climbs to the northeast, reaching the ridgeline at Spillover Saddle. The Spillover is where the Debris Avalanche, which immediately preceded the May 1980 eruption, crossed over the top of Johnston Ridge and descended into South Coldwater Canyon.

The hummocks on both sides of the trail were once part of the pre-1980 Mount St. Helens. The cairn-marked trail winds up a hillside covered with flowers and blasted-off stumps. In either case Mount Adams is in view to the east, and from either viewpoint the panoramic view is spectacular in all directions. To the south is the crater of Mount St. Helens, with the nearly black Lava Dome bulging in its center. Spirit Lake and Windy Ridge are to the east. The rugged peaks of the Mount Margaret Backcountry are to the north, and to the west is the devastated area along the Toutle River. There is an abandoned volcano-monitoring site on the top of Harry’s Ridge.

©  Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Toutle
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best spring thru fall
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: USGS Spirit Lake W, Elk Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Harry's Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

8/25/2005
1

My husband and I had a blast. It was not very challenging but it was an easy trail after all. As for the reports of the narrow trail and steep cliffs they were not all they were cracked up to be. I am affraid of heights and had no problem as long as I didn't look down from the edge. It was not cliff hugging. The mountains were wonderful and Spirit Lake was breath taking. People of all skill levels should go and enjoy a good lunch at the old observation platform. Very romantic. My only complaint is that the observatory doesn't open until 10:00 am and so we had to pay our fee after the walk.


7/30/2005
0

Awesome views of Mt. St. Helens' crater and new dome, and of Spirit Lake and the "East Side" trails & pullouts (Independence Pass, Harmony, Windy Ridge ...). Acrophobes should be aware that there is a narrow portion of the Boundary Trail about 1/4 mile long that traverses a steep exposure. Two out of a group of six I hiked with turned back.



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