Blue Lake - South Fork Toutle Trail

Harmony Falls Landing, Washington

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The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is all about the raw destructive power of a big volcano, right? Wrong, as this trail proves. Here you find not destruction, but a celebration of life. Wildflowers flourish in gaudy displays of color along this route, and wildlife abounds. Deer and elk are commonly seen browsing on those rich wildflowers. Deer mice and ground squirrels also feast on those plants and their seeds. And red-tailed hawks and falcons feast on those seed-fattened rodents.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is all about the raw destructive power of a big volcano, right? Wrong, as this trail proves. Here you find not destruction, but a celebration of life.

Wildflowers flourish in gaudy displays of color along this route, and wildlife abounds. Deer and elk are commonly seen browsing on those rich wildflowers. Deer mice and ground squirrels also feast on those plants and their seeds. And red-tailed hawks and falcons feast on those seed-fattened rodents.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harmony Falls Landing
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,700 feet
Top Elevation: 4,700 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 364 Mount St. Helens
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Lake - South Fork Toutle Trail

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