Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County and Cowlitz County, Washington. It is within Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is 12.8 miles long and begins at 2,515 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 26.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 8,972 feet. Near the trailhead there is a pier. Snow Lake can be seen along the trail.
Lakes Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Before May 18, 1980, this was a forest, not a lake. The volcanic eruption that day, however, swept away the forest, and the massive mudflows in the Toutle River Basin created a huge earthen dam that trapped the waters of Coldwater Creek and formed the new lake. This area is still very fragile, and hikers must stay on the established trail—indeed, anywhere you find blast destruction, it’s a good idea to stay on the trail as much as possible. The ash-soil is very light and easily disturbed."
--Dan A. Nelson , Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
"Traverse Mount St. Helen’s blast zone and pass along the shores of some of the Monument’s most stunning lakes. Crest rugged ridges and high passes offering stupendous views of sparkling lakes, glistening snow-capped volcanoes, and jagged rugged peaks. And admire awesome waterfalls and slopes shrouded in brilliant blossoms."
--Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen , Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books).
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