South Fork Toutle River

Bare Mountain, Washington

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5 out of 5
It’s back! A mudslide (which you’ll walk on) wiped out the trailhead years ago, but one of my favorite hikes is available again. Without driving all the way to the other side of Mount St. Helens, this is the most dramatic view you can get of the results of that mountain’s 1980 eruption. You’ll see where the mudflow was half a mile wide, as well as tour the majesty that survived the eruption.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland

by Paul Gerald (Menasha Ridge Press)

It’s back! A mudslide (which you’ll walk on) wiped out the trailhead years ago, but one of my favorite hikes is available again. Without driving all the way to the other side of Mount St. Helens, this is the most dramatic view you can get of the results of that mountain’s 1980 eruption.

You’ll see where the mudflow was half a mile wide, as well as tour the majesty that survived the eruption.

©  Paul Gerald/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bare Mountain
Distance: 11.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7-8 hours
Season: June–October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to South Fork Toutle River

Recent Trail Reviews

4/11/2008
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Awesome hike either in the summer or winter. An excellent cardio workout with a view that pays off at the top.


9/24/2003
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After leaving the paved but steep switchback to the top of Multnomah Falls, we somewhat mistakenly took the Larch Mountain trail to stretch out further. The trail looked like it had been groomed on a regular basis, wide and dry. The waterfalls, one after the other, were incredible. We craned our necks and gazed in awe at the gigantic moss covered firs. A steady, at time steep climb gradually lead us away from the streams and we came to vistas where we could look out over the Columbia River Gorge as the sun lit the canyon. The only tricky part of the trail was a careful stroll across a rock slide. We reached Sherard Point and marveled at the view on a cloudless day. Looming to the North were Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Adams. To the East was Mt. Hood. And to the South, clearly visible, was Mt. Jefferson. The other couple at the overlook told us how lucky we were to pick the perfect day that they were all in view. The hike down was quick, 2.5 hours, followed by lunch and fine Oregon microbrews in the lodge. A day that you thank God that you are alive.



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