South Coldwater Trail

Harmony Falls Landing, Washington

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If you only have time to do one of the trails framing Coldwater Lake, my money would go on the South Coldwater Trail. The Lakes Trail on the north shore is a beautiful hike, but this hike is just the complete package. You’ve got the human history in the shape of volcano-mangled machinery. You have wildlife, in the form of frequently present elk (and small critters are always underfoot if the big wapiti are being bashful). You’ve got the volcanic landscape, and of course, you have a respectable elevation gain to get your blood flowing, letting you know you are hiking in the Cascades, after all.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

If you only have time to do one of the trails framing Coldwater Lake, my money would go on the South Coldwater Trail. The Lakes Trail on the north shore is a beautiful hike, but this hike is just the complete package.

You’ve got the human history in the shape of volcano-mangled machinery. You have wildlife, in the form of frequently present elk (and small critters are always underfoot if the big wapiti are being bashful). You’ve got the volcanic landscape, and of course, you have a respectable elevation gain to get your blood flowing, letting you know you are hiking in the Cascades, after all.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harmony Falls Landing
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late June-November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,850 feet
Top Elevation: 4,600 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 332 Spirit Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to South Coldwater Trail

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