Plains of Abraham Loop

Randle, Washington 98377

Plains of Abraham Loop

Plains of Abraham Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This route first heads south along Windy Ridge, with views of Mount Adams to the east, then climbs a flower-covered ridge to the Plains of Abraham. After climbing Windy Pass it returns across the Pumice Plain. The entire loop is within the Blast Zone of the May 18, 1980, eruption.

The loop begins on the Truman Trail 207. This trail—really a closed section of FR 99 at this point—was named for Harry Truman, the longtime owner of Spirit Lake Lodge who died in the 1980 eruption. The route heads south, then south-southwest from Windy Ridge Viewpoint and Trailhead. First you travel along the east side of Windy Ridge through severely blasted but slowly regenerating forest. Cardwell’s penstemon (Penstemon cardwellii) and common red paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) color the slopes between the black huckleberry bushes (Vaccinium membranaceum) and low-growing mountain alders (Alnus incana)."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Mid-June through September
4,110 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,800 feet
Top Elevation
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Mount St. Helens
Local Maps