Boundary West Trail

Harmony Falls Landing, Washington

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The May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens rebuilt this entire area. New lakes were formed, old hills and valleys disappeared. Forests were flattened and rivers were obliterated. An entire landscape was altered, and though it has been nearly three decades since the big boom, recovery is occurring on geologic time, not human time. That means we still have time to get out and experience the devastation. The best way to experience the majesty of the volcanic power is to get out and just hike the landscape. The Boundary Trail extends across vast sections of the landscape, but sometimes a little goes a long way, so we’re offering bits and pieces. This western segment is a good introduction to the blast.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens rebuilt this entire area. New lakes were formed, old hills and valleys disappeared. Forests were flattened and rivers were obliterated. An entire landscape was altered, and though it has been nearly three decades since the big boom, recovery is occurring on geologic time, not human time.

That means we still have time to get out and experience the devastation. The best way to experience the majesty of the volcanic power is to get out and just hike the landscape. The Boundary Trail extends across vast sections of the landscape, but sometimes a little goes a long way, so we’re offering bits and pieces. This western segment is a good introduction to the blast.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harmony Falls Landing
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late June-November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,590 feet
Top Elevation: 4,390 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 332 Spirit Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Boundary West Trail

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