Norway Pass

Randle, Washington 98377

Norway Pass

Norway Pass Professional Guide

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"This hike through the blast zone of Mount St. Helens leads towards some of the most unusual and spectacular views in the Cascades. The way up through a slowly regenerating forest is punctuated by views of Mounts Rainier and Adams. From Norway Pass, Mount St. Helens’s gaping crater is less than 10 air-miles away across log-choked Spirit Lake."

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"A hot, dry trail through a desolation of timber downed by the 1980 blast of Mount St. Helens leads to one of the most spectacular viewpoints of the disaster area. You can look across Spirit Lake to the crater and smoldering dome. One-third of the lake is still covered by driftwood blown in by the eruption and washed into the lake in the ensuing tidal wave. On the lakeshore below Norway Pass, the giant wave swept everything bare for 500 feet up the hillside. Notice how the trees facing the mountain are lying flat in a straight line from the crater, while behind the ridge the trees are crisscrossed, an indication of how the turbulent wave of supersonic air eddied behind the ridge tops. Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water, which is available at the trailhead rest rooms; all shade trees have been flattened." Read more
Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Hike just over 2 miles west from Norway Pass, and you hit... Norway Pass. No, it’s not some magical bending of the fabric of the universe, merely a quirk of the cartographer. The Norway Pass at the trailhead is one of those road features named for nearby places, whereas the true Norway Pass is found on the ridge above Spirit Lake and below Mount Margaret. To get from the wannabe pass to the really-is pass, you’ll stroll along a stunning trail through the blown-down woods up onto a high windswept ridge with incredible views of the mighty Mount St. Helens and the expanse of the Mount Margaret backcountry area." Read more

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Awesome views of the 1980 volcano damage and regrowth. On the trail to Norway Pass there are some downed trees across the path, one is chest high. The day we went a heat wave came to the Northwest and there is no shade on the trail! Great lunchtime view of Spirit Lake with Mt St Helen giving off puffs of steam. Sigree

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Trail Information

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908 feet
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2 hours
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument; (360) 891-5000;
Local Contacts
USGS Spirit Lake SE; Green Trails no. 332, Spirit Lake; Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument visitor map
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Dec 2018