Birth of a Lake Trail

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

Elevation Gain244ft
Trailhead Elevation2,523ft
Elevation Min/Max2494/2547ft
Elevation Start/End2523/2523ft

Birth of a Lake Trail

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.

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Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen
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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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Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
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