Harmony Falls Trail

Harmony Falls Landing, Washington

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Overlooking the east bay of Spirit Lake, this trail drops from the Harmony Falls viewpoint on gentle switchbacks. Harmony Trail’s name seems appropriate so long after the eruption, but as you hike down this route, you’ll recognize the lack of harmony—in fact, the ultimate chaos— that reigned here years ago. You’ll be awed by the precise pattern of the fallen trees laid low by the huge blast. The trees lie parallel to each other like matches in a matchbook, pointing away from the volcano’s crater. At the bottom of the trail are volcano-redesigned Spirit Lake and Harmony Falls. Once a beautiful high cascade, Harmony Falls was reduced in height by half. The massive mudflows that accompanied the eruption dammed the outlet of Spirit Lake, raising its water level by 200 feet. The shoreline is rough and treacherous, lined with gritty ash and loose rock.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Overlooking the east bay of Spirit Lake, this trail drops from the Harmony Falls viewpoint on gentle switchbacks. Harmony Trail’s name seems appropriate so long after the eruption, but as you hike down this route, you’ll recognize the lack of harmony—in fact, the ultimate chaos— that reigned here years ago. You’ll be awed by the precise pattern of the fallen trees laid low by the huge blast.

The trees lie parallel to each other like matches in a matchbook, pointing away from the volcano’s crater. At the bottom of the trail are volcano-redesigned Spirit Lake and Harmony Falls. Once a beautiful high cascade, Harmony Falls was reduced in height by half. The massive mudflows that accompanied the eruption dammed the outlet of Spirit Lake, raising its water level by 200 feet. The shoreline is rough and treacherous, lined with gritty ash and loose rock.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harmony Falls Landing
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,850 feet
Top Elevation: 4,000 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 332 Spirit Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Harmony Falls Trail

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