Birth of a Lake Trail

Castle Rock, Washington

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Follow a delightful nature trail along Coldwater Lake’s marshy outlet to a handsome dock protruding into the four-mile-long lake. On this scenic path, learn about the lake’s birth in the fiery eruption of Mount St. Helens and discover its remarkable rejuvenation since then. Take the paved path from the picnic area following alongside Coldwater Lake's outlet. Coldwater was formed in 1980 when Mount St. Helens sent an avalance of rock and earth into the narrow valley.

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"Follow a delightful nature trail along Coldwater Lake’s marshy outlet to a handsome dock protruding into the four-mile-long lake.

On this scenic path, learn about the lake’s birth in the fiery eruption of Mount St. Helens and discover its remarkable rejuvenation since then. Take the paved path from the picnic area following alongside Coldwater Lake's outlet. Coldwater was formed in 1980 when Mount St. Helens sent an avalance of rock and earth into the narrow valley."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Castle Rock
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Mar-Nov
Accessibility: Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails Mt St. Helens 332S

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