Harmony Trail

Randle, Washington

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Hike from Harmony Viewpoint to the shore of Spirit Lake, all the way passing through landscape and plant communities that are rebuilding and reestablishing themselves after the catastrophic 1980 eruption. This trail is the only legal access to Spirit Lake, still partially covered with floating logs. Watch for Roosevelt elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) all along this trail, especially if you are making your hike early in the season and early in the morning. Even if you don’t see the elk, you will probably see their tracks along the trail. Also look for outcroppings of volcanic rock that are many times older than Mount St. Helens itself, and view places where ancient glaciers have polished and scratched the rock.
A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens

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A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Hike from Harmony Viewpoint to the shore of Spirit Lake, all the way passing through landscape and plant communities that are rebuilding and reestablishing themselves after the catastrophic 1980 eruption. This trail is the only legal access to Spirit Lake, still partially covered with floating logs.

Watch for Roosevelt elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti) all along this trail, especially if you are making your hike early in the season and early in the morning. Even if you don’t see the elk, you will probably see their tracks along the trail. Also look for outcroppings of volcanic rock that are many times older than Mount St. Helens itself, and view places where ancient glaciers have polished and scratched the rock.

©  Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 640 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Early June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,050 feet
Top Elevation: 4,050 feet
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: USGS Spirit Lake East
Driving Directions: Directions to Harmony Trail

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