Birth of a Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Cowlitz County, Washington. It is within Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 2,523 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 244 feet. The Coldwater Lake Recreation Area picnic site is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Coldwater Lake Picnic And Boating attraction can be seen along the trail. There is also a pier along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a wood.
Birth of a Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen , Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Birth of a Lake Loop is a barrier-free interpretive loop path along the shore of and over Coldwater Lake. As you work your way along the lakeshore for 250 yards you will see several interpretive signs. These signs explain the formation of the lake after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Take the time to turn right (north) at the junction, and walk out over the shallow waters of the lake to points of interest out there."
--Fred Barstad, Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount St. Helens (Falcon Guides).
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