Harmony Falls Trail

Harmony Falls Landing, Washington 98645

Harmony Falls Trail

Harmony Falls Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

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