Mount Margaret Backcountry Lakes

Cougar, Washington

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The Mount Margaret Backcountry is a very scenic area in the rugged peaks north of Spirit Lake, filled with attractive mountain lakes, rocky peaks, flower fields, and great viewpoints. The region has been a popular hiking destination for decades, although its character changed dramatically (to use a woefully inadequate word) on May 18, 1980, when Mt. Margaret’s larger and more hot-headed neighbor literally blew her stack, blasted out the world’s largest clear-cut, and obliterated the entire neighborhood. Slowly, vegetation and trails are returning to this region providing hiking opportunities that are scenic and fascinating from both a botanical and a geologic point of view. To protect the fragile environment, all off-trail travel is prohibited and hikers are allowed to camp only at designated sites.

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"The Mount Margaret Backcountry is a very scenic area in the rugged peaks north of Spirit Lake, filled with attractive mountain lakes, rocky peaks, flower fields, and great viewpoints. The region has been a popular hiking destination for decades, although its character changed dramatically (to use a woefully inadequate word) on May 18, 1980, when Mt. Margaret’s larger and more hot-headed neighbor literally blew her stack, blasted out the world’s largest clear-cut, and obliterated the entire neighborhood. Slowly, vegetation and trails are returning to this region providing hiking opportunities that are scenic and fascinating from both a botanical and a geologic point of view. To protect the fragile environment, all off-trail travel is prohibited and hikers are allowed to camp only at designated sites."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 15.8
Elevation Gain: 3,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Mid- to late July
Local Contacts: Mount St . Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails: Mount St . Helens

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Jun 2018