Norway Pass Trail

Cougar, Washington 98616

Norway Pass Trail

Norway Pass Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A hot, dry trail through a desolation of timber downed by the 1980 blast of Mount St. Helens leads to one of the most spectacular viewpoints of the disaster area. You can look across Spirit Lake to the crater and smoldering dome. One-third of the lake is still covered by driftwood blown in by the eruption and washed into the lake in the ensuing tidal wave. On the lakeshore below Norway Pass, the giant wave swept everything bare for 500 feet up the hillside.

Notice how the trees facing the mountain are lying flat in a straight line from the crater, while behind the ridge the trees are crisscrossed, an indication of how the turbulent wave of supersonic air eddied behind the ridge tops. Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water, which is available at the trailhead rest rooms; all shade trees have been flattened."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
3,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,500 feet
Top Elevation
Gifford Pinchot National Forest; Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 332 Spirit Lake; USGS Spirit Lake East; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Local Maps

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Jul 2018