Harry's Ridge

Toutle, Washington 98645

Harry's Ridge

Harry's Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"Along this trail Mount St. Helens and the Pumice Plain come into full view to the south. The Boundary Trail descends gently along the flower-covered ridge for a short distance. Mount Adams and Spirit Lake are in view to the right along this traverse. As you leave the junction with the Truman Trail the path climbs to the northeast, reaching the ridgeline at Spillover Saddle. The Spillover is where the Debris Avalanche, which immediately preceded the May 1980 eruption, crossed over the top of Johnston Ridge and descended into South Coldwater Canyon.

The hummocks on both sides of the trail were once part of the pre-1980 Mount St. Helens. The cairn-marked trail winds up a hillside covered with flowers and blasted-off stumps. In either case Mount Adams is in view to the east, and from either viewpoint the panoramic view is spectacular in all directions. To the south is the crater of Mount St. Helens, with the nearly black Lava Dome bulging in its center. Spirit Lake and Windy Ridge are to the east. The rugged peaks of the Mount Margaret Backcountry are to the north, and to the west is the devastated area along the Toutle River. There is an abandoned volcano-monitoring site on the top of Harry’s Ridge."

Harry's Ridge Reviews

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8/25/2005
My husband and I had a blast. It was not very challenging but it was an easy trail after all. As for the reports of the narrow trail and steep cliffs they were not all they were cracked up to be. I am affraid of heights and had no problem as long as I didn't look down from the edge. It was not cliff hugging. The mountains were wonderful and Spirit Lake was breath taking. People of all skill levels should go and enjoy a good lunch at the old observation platform. Very romantic. My only complaint is that the observatory doesn't open until 10:00 am and so we had to pay our fee after the walk.
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7/30/2005
Awesome views of Mt. St. Helens' crater and new dome, and of Spirit Lake and the "East Side" trails & pullouts (Independence Pass, Harmony, Windy Ridge ...). Acrophobes should be aware that there is a narrow portion of the Boundary Trail about 1/4 mile long that traverses a steep exposure. Two out of a group of six I hiked with turned back.
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Trail Information

Toutle
Nearby City
8.4
Distance
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Day hike
Duration
Best spring thru fall
Season
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Spirit Lake W, Elk Rock
Local Maps

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