Got started about 0930. High . Hood and Mount Saint Helens. Incredibly windy meaning lots of dust in the eyes. Amassing views from the peak. Weather was really foggy which made it pretty nice since most of it the trail is exposed. Saint Helens, Saint Helens Lake, Coldwater Lake, and Spirit Lake from the summit. There was low cloud coverage on the way in, making the last 20 miles slow going (road paved the whole way). Margaret. Continue along Boundary Trail #1 past Coldwater Trail and finally to the beginning of Coldwater Peak Trail which is well marked with a wooden sign. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, horses, and ice climbing and is best used from May until October. Amazing views! Johnston Ridge Observatory 21500 Spirit Lake Highway I warmed up pretty quickly though. It was challenging but worth the climb. Dewdrop-spangled lupine: For the past three years, I've driven the long two hours to follow this trail. To continue on to Coldwater Peak, turn left at the Boundary Trail junction and follow the Boundary Trail north for a very scenic half mile to the Boundary-Coldwater Peak Trail Junction. The views are panoramic and spectacular. Total miles hiked (I did check out other trails.) Congestion. Ran into only two other people on the hike so I was the first one out at 9am and alone at the summit! You'll most likely climb Coldwater Peak from the Johnson Ridge Observatory via the Boundary Trail, in which case check out the related "featured hike". One warning - the recent snow and then sunshine meant ice sheets on the rock faces. The trail continues east to traverse the Mount Margaret ridgeline. Ridge Camp is located on Trail 230 between Coldwater Peak and Mt. Started the trail at 2:50am. To continue on to Coldwater Peak, turn left at the Boundary Trail junction and follow the Boundary Trail north for a very scenic half mile to the Boundary-Coldwater Peak Trail Junction. The trailhead at 8:00 am the temperature was 53 degrees. Survey Mount St.Helens’ recovering Blast Zone and get 360-degree, four-peak views from this high perch along the Boundary Trail. Please note there is no water along the way until you get to St. Helens Lake at the foot of Coldwater Peak. At.4 miles from the saddle and previous trail junction, turn left at the sign for Coldwater Peak Trail. This is a difficult out and back trail to Coldwater Peak in Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. Then resume following the Boundary Trail traveling along the south side of Johnston Ridge out of … Survey Mount St.Helens’ recovering Blast Zone and get 360-degree, four-peak views from this high perch along the Boundary Trail. Make a lovely half-mile traverse above Saint Helens Lake, hiking through a thick carpet of sedges and seeing Mount Rainierpeeking above the Mount Venus ridge. This is a popular hiking trail and well worth the effort. Amazing views! The pictures are taken form a hike that starts from the Johnston Ridge Observatory, a facility that documents the 1980 eruption – it is only about 5.5 miles away from the crater that was formerly Mt. Boundary Trail to Coldwater Peak ist ein 11.9 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Toutle, Washington. Back at the Boundary Trail, continue onward and upward to St.Helens Lake and “Hole-in-the-Wall” for the only reliable shade of the day. Beautiful views even with the Yakama fires. Well maintained trail. Mountain Conditions. In the winter time, the area between St. Helens Lake and Coldwater Peak tends to be covered in snow. Trail: well maintained and east to follow signage. Sights to See . We’ll reach the Coldwater Peak Trail after 5.5miles, where we'll be able to take a panoramic shot of St.Helens Lake, Spirit Lake and Mt St.Helens. Boundary Trail to Coldwater Peak is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Toutle, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The first few miles of this hike snakes around the hills across from the crater on steep hillsides that were scoured by the 600mph blast. On the way, enjoy wildflowers, pass by a natural arch and take in views of St. Helen Lake and Spirit Lake. Anyway, the trail to the top of Coldwater Peak is about 12 miles roundtrip with ~2000 feet cumulative elevation gain. Trail Guide Best Trails & Photos. Amazing views the whole way. Most of the views were hidden until midday when the lower hanging fog started to clear. 10.70 miles w/ 1903ft elevation gain. Die Route ist am besten von Mai bis Oktober zugänglich. Highly recommend this hike! Not busy on a weekday. You can climb various peaks and viewpoints right off the trail, but this trip report is for climbing Coldwater Peak and hiking up to Harry's Ridge Viewpoint on the way. Elk, deer, squirrels and some evidence of big cats. Heard elk song from the parking area. At a Glance. It is beyond these paths where you come across the more commonly designed backcountry trails, the trails of which bring you to Coldwater Peak. Trail reports are used to indicate a trails current condition and inform builders and other riders about any issues on a trail. 1 northeast of St. Helens Lake, one camp … Excellent heart pumper to an awesome view reward. General Day Use Fee . Incredibly windy meaning lots of dust in the eyes. Boundary West End Trail to Johnson Ridge Observatory, South Coldwater Trail to Lakes Trail Loop, Mount St. Helens Loop Trail from Windy Ridge, Loowit Falls from Johnston Ridge Observatory, Mount Margaret Backcountry: Lakes, Whittier, Boundary and Coldwater Trails, Panhandle Lake to Snow Lake via Lakes Trail, Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, 2020 AllTrails, LLC Alle Rechte vorbehalten. Mt. Good job fellow hikers! This 5.9 mile (each-way) hike offers excellent views of Mount St. Helens, the pumice plain, and the surrounding blast zone from its eruption on May 18, 1980. Hiked this trail on 10/25. Outstanding hike, gets a bit long at the end. Margaret and then climbs steeply to the Coldwater Peak area and its junction with Truman Trail #207. 10/10 would recommend. Descend the same way. The first few miles of this hike snakes around the hills across from the crater on steep hillsides that were scoured by the 600mph blast. Coldwater Peak Hike Info. Outstanding hike, gets a bit long at the end. Drive/Parking: The drive is easy to the observatory parking lot and the lot is huge. Excellent heart pumper to an awesome view reward. Fully sun exposed although today was incredibly foggy. Cold and windy at the start and windy off and on throughout the ascent. I hiked on a sunny, cloudless day and from the peak was able to see four mountains in panorama: Mt. It's 54 miles long and runs for the most part along a ridge in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Total miles hiked (I did check out other trails.) Elk, deer, squirrels and some evidence of big cats. At the Boundary-Coldwater Peak Trail Junction, make a left and begin the three-quarter mile ascent to the top of Coldwater Peak. In the winter time, the area between St. Helens Lake and Coldwater Peak tends to be covered in snow. Regardless, you'll have to take the Boundary Trail from somewhere to get to the beginning of this trail, which is well-marked with a wooden sign. As we leave the Boundary Trail and begin ascending Coldwater Peak in earnest, the other Cascades peek over the horizon to say hello. Absolutely beautiful. For those looking to completely escape from the crowds, this trail can also take you to Coldwater Peak (12.2 miles total, 1,420-foot elevation gain) or down the arduous trail to Loowit Falls (17 miles total with no backpacking/overnight camping options). Nobody in my group used trekking poles but I'm sure they would have come in handy. Three camps are along Boundary trail No. Preferable season(s) Summer . Boundary Trail to Coldwater Peak ist ein 11.9 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Toutle, Washington. Coldwater Peak in the distance. At a final elevation of 5,727 feet, the Coldwater Peak trail covers a total distance of 12.2 miles with roughly 2,000 feet in total elevation gain. The strawberries and mountain huckleberries lining the trail slowed our progress as we ate our way across the basin. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke nur für erfahrene Abenteurer geeignet. There are about 10 porta johns where the food cart used to be. Good views and easy to navigate if you've brought a map. A bit of wildfire smoke collecting around the mountain, but not enough to ruin the experience. A lot of signs of wildlife, but no first hand sightings. 5.6mi: (Return to TH if biking). Gorgeous. Amassing views from the peak. Started the hike around 6:30 am and was treated to a beautiful sunrise! Apr 30, 2018 - The first few miles of this hike snakes around the hills across from the crater on steep hillsides that were scoured by the 600mph blast. mariahdormaier 1 year, 1 month ago Track (8/9/19, 07:01:13) jneme1 1 year, 1 month ago Coldwater Peak. It can be a bit slippery at parts if there is ice/snow packed on the trail. One warning - the recent snow and then sunshine meant ice sheets on the rock faces. Saint Helens, Saint Helens Lake, Coldwater Lake, and Spirit Lake from the summit. Coldwater Notch is probably not something you’ll find on many other blogs or in hiking guides, the usual view hike being Harry’s Ridge and the big hike being the summit of Coldwater Peak which lies some 1.5 miles NE and 500′ (900+ effective gain) further out from the notch. 68 Trip Reports for this trail, below Hike by WTA Correspondents: Steven Payne. Hike on the Boundary Trail until you reach the turnoff for Coldwater Peak. There are about 10 porta johns where the food cart used to be. In about another 3/4 mile you will come to the junction of Trail #1E. Toutle, WA 98649. Nobody in my group used trekking poles but I'm sure they would have come in handy. Adams, Mt. Definitely a thigh killer though! The trail to the summit consists of simple singletrack switchbacks that are easy to follow and keep the whole ascent a class 1/easy class 2 at most. Good job fellow hikers! 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