Hummocks Loop

Toutle, Washington 98645

Hummocks Loop

Hummocks Loop Professional Review and Guide

"A couple of hundred yards from the parking area you make a switchback to the left in a grove of thick young alders. Note the damage caused by elk rubbing their antlers against and chewing on the young trees. A short distance farther along there is a view to the right of the new canyon dug by Coldwater Creek.

The tread passes a pond 0.3 mile past the viewpoint, and soon comes alongside of a cattail-filled marsh. After passing the marsh you cross a stream and the North Fork Toutle River comes into view, 150 yards to the right. The trail is now heading southeast with Mount St. Helens in view ahead. Watch for ducks in the ponds and for elk nearby. A small wooden bridge that may be flooded in spring eases the stream crossing between the ponds. The trail climbs gently after passing the ponds. On the way, the tread passes a couple more ponds before re-entering the parking area at its southeast corner. Elk are very common along this trail in the spring, I saw more than 100 of them when I hiked this trail in April."

Hummocks Loop Reviews

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6/28/2010
Great views of Mt. St. Helens and Toutle River valley.
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7/4/2005
very easy loop, recommend clockwise (start by taking the trail towards the middle of the trailhead parking lot, not the one to the right). nice interpretative signs about geology and biology of hummocks. total time less than 1 hour.
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Trail Information

Toutle
Nearby City
2.3
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Day hike
Duration
Best spring thru fall
Season
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Elk Rock
Local Maps