Lakes Trail

Harmony Falls Landing, Washington

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Before May 18, 1980, this was a forest, not a lake. The volcanic eruption that day, however, swept away the forest, and the massive mudflows in the Toutle River Basin created a huge earthen dam that trapped the waters of Coldwater Creek and formed the new lake. This area is still very fragile, and hikers must stay on the established trail—indeed, anywhere you find blast destruction, it’s a good idea to stay on the trail as much as possible. The ash-soil is very light and easily disturbed.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Before May 18, 1980, this was a forest, not a lake. The volcanic eruption that day, however, swept away the forest, and the massive mudflows in the Toutle River Basin created a huge earthen dam that trapped the waters of Coldwater Creek and formed the new lake.

This area is still very fragile, and hikers must stay on the established trail—indeed, anywhere you find blast destruction, it’s a good idea to stay on the trail as much as possible. The ash-soil is very light and easily disturbed.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harmony Falls Landing
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late June-November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 3,000 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 332 Spirit Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Lakes Trail

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