Mount Margaret Backcountry Lakes

Spirit Lake, Washington

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Travel through Mount Saint Helens’s famous 1980 blast zone to a series of alpine lakes tucked within rugged ridges denuded of their forest cover. Though the area took a full hit from the eruption that leveled ancient forests and blanketed the region in pumice, the Mount Margaret Backcountry is no barren wasteland. Nature has been busy recolonizing the region. Wildlife and wildfl owers are prolifi c. The topography, however, is harsh, and the trails tough, with tread that frequently washes out. But this rugged landscape is also simply awe inspiring.

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"Travel through Mount Saint Helens’s famous 1980 blast zone to a series of alpine lakes tucked within rugged ridges denuded of their forest cover. Though the area took a full hit from the eruption that leveled ancient forests and blanketed the region in pumice, the Mount Margaret Backcountry is no barren wasteland. Nature has been busy recolonizing the region. Wildlife and wildfl owers are prolifi c. The topography, however, is harsh, and the trails tough, with tread that frequently washes out. But this rugged landscape is also simply awe inspiring."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Spirit Lake
Distance: 16.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: late Jul–Oct
Local Maps: Green Trails Spirit Lake No. 332
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Margaret Backcountry Lakes

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May 2018