Windy Ridge Trail

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

Distance0.2mi
Elevation Gain262ft
Trailhead Elevation4,045ft
Top4,278ft
Elevation Min/Max4042/4278ft
Elevation Start/End4045/4045ft

Windy Ridge Trail

Windy Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 4,045 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 262 feet. The Windy Ridge Viewpoint and the Windy Ridge Interpretive Site restrooms are near the trailhead. There is also parking. The trail ends near the Harmony Lake Viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Smith Creek Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen
"Venture along barren, blasted ridges to a sprawling, near-level plain shrouded in pumice and pyroclastic debris. Carpets of wildflowers brighten the blighted landscape. And the views are explosive— from Mount St. Helens looming immediately above you to snowcapped Mount Adams floating over emerald ridges in the distance."
Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen
"Climb more than 400 steps to a spectacular viewpoint overlooking Spirit Lake, the Pumice Plain, and the north face of Mount St. Helens. Peer straight into St. Helens’ crater, catching a glimpse of Loowit Falls. Then wander on a little-hiked section of the Truman Trail along steep ledges teetering high above Spirit Lake. And if the views don’t blow you away, the breezes surely will on the appropriately named Windy Ridge."
Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
"Sometimes, less is more. There are wonderful trails beyond the end of Windy Ridge, but the 4-mile ramble from the end of the drivable road to the end of the old ash-blasted logging road offers some of the finest views you’ll find in the entire Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. This makes a fabulous late-afternoon hike, as you can enjoy the setting sun behind the jagged crown of the big volcano."
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Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Kid-friendly
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