Coldwater Trail

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

Distance4.3mi
Elevation Gain3,567ft
Trailhead Elevation5,085ft
Top5,206ft
Elevation Min/Max2578/5206ft
Elevation Start/End5085/5085ft

Coldwater Trail

Coldwater Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 5,085 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,567 feet. This trail connects with the following: Lakes Trail, South Coldwater and Boundary Trail.

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A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"This hike takes you northeast from Johnston Ridge, passing above St. Helens Lake. You’ll then climb the open flower-covered slopes to the summit of Coldwater Peak, where a fire lookout once stood." Read more
Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen
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"Stand upon this anvil-shaped peak and behold one of the finest views within the entire national volcanic monument. Look down flowered slopes to sparkling St. Helens Lake ringed with Christmas trees in a high bowl above sprawling Spirit Lake. Reflect on the rock arch perched on a narrow ridge you passed through to get here. It’s a tough hike—but one of the most exhilarating in the state." Read more

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Trails offers spectacular views of the north side of Mt. St. Helens. The remnants of the 1980 eruption can be seen every step of the way, offering sobering reminders of how devastating the event was. Bring plenty of water, or plan to purify the snow that might still be present along the way. Also bring sunscreen. Despite years of experience I was caught off-guard and paid the price.
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Trail Information

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Moderate to Difficult
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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Dec 2018