Trails for everyone, forever

Home hikes

Hiking Guide

WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

We respectfully acknowledge the lands we are visiting are the homelands of Indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest, some of whom have reserved treaty rights on these lands. Tribes continue to rely on and share in the management of these lands today. Please tread gently and treat these places with respect.

Results List

64 Hikes
Hummocks Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Why drive to the top when you can hike? Try this day hike as an introduction to Mount St. Helens for visitors who’ve never been here, or if they haven't been in a long time.
 
 
Windy Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A short trail accessible from the Windy Ridge area of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the Windy Trail makes it possible for hikers to loop up a variety of trails in the blast zone.
 
 
Toutle River Sediment Retention Structure Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This is a 1.2-mile loop trail that takes hikers on a tour of the structure the Army Corps of Engineers built to keep sediment from Mount St. Helens from washing down the Toutle River and inundating the communities downstream.
 
 
Elk Bench

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This short trail is located near Coldwater Lake and connects visitors to the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater to the Lakes Trail and the Mount Margaret backcountry.
 
 
Swift Creek

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This is a winter only trail linking Marble Mountain SnoPark to the Worm Flows winter climbing route.
 
 
Goat Creek Loop

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
20.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Escape the crowds on this two-day backpacking adventure into the less-traveled areas on the north side of Mount St. Helens.
 
 
Pine Creek

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 170 ft.
Highest Point: 3130.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
Nestled in the southeast corner of Mount St Helens, the Pine Creek Trail offers a short, easy graded path into second growth forest at the base of the active stratovolcano. You can visit a historic wood-shingled shelter built in the 1920s and continue on to a viewpoint along the Muddy River Lahar moonscape.
 
 
Mount St. Helens - Worm Flows Route

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5699 ft.
Highest Point: 8364.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(27 votes)
The Worm Flows Climbing Route, from Marble Mountain Sno-Park, is the most direct route to the summit of Mount St. Helens during the winter season. Ice axe, crampons, and avalanche awareness are necessary when attempting to summit St. Helens in the winter. Skis with climbing skins or snowshoes with cleats are also highly recommended.
 
 
Harry's Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 970 ft.
Highest Point: 4752.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(29 votes)
Named for the lovable curmudgeon who refused to leave his homestead when St. Helens was on the brink of erupting, Harry’s Ridge offers a fascinating panorama of the restless giant, still smoking and belching occasionally, years after her devastating awakening.
 
 
June Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.86 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 445 ft.
Highest Point: 3140.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
This sweet little hike on the south side of Mount St. Helens is a good destination for families seeking a short day hike, but it is also one access point for the round-the-mountain Loowit Trail, and a popular snowshoeing location, so it sees a fair amount of traffic year-round.
 
 
South Coldwater Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
This early or late-season hike takes you for a ridge walk high above Coldwater Lake, which was not a standing body of water prior to the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. You'll walk through a serene willow forest, marvel at the power of nature when you encounter twisted hulks of logging machinery, and see plenty of gnarled stumps where tall evergreens once stood.
 
 
Ape Caves

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 2450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(56 votes)
The full experience at Ape Cave includes the easy exploration of a spacious lava tube, followed by more difficult travel through a smaller, longer, and more rugged lava tube to an exit. Then, enjoy an easy return hike winding through shady forest and crusty lava formations.
 
 
Kraus Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1570 ft.
Highest Point: 2370.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
Krause Ridge Trail offers a textbook example of a Pacific Northwest forest nearing succession climax. Whether you are a jaded forest trekker or an ecologist, this is a classical forest with big trees towering as a sunshade with a lush understory and an easy day hike.
 
 
 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2120.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
There are two routes to Kalama Falls. One is a single-track forest trail that is 3.8 miles long and the other is a two-track road that’s 1.9 miles long. Both are easy to walk, with some elevation change, and both reach the same destination: Kalama River Falls.
 
 
Hummocks Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(20 votes)
Popular because it's the perfect balance between day hike and easy enough for little legs, the Hummocks Trail is a relatively flat loop hike among strange hills that were left by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
 
 
Cinnamon Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This long, meandering trail in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument makes for a lovely out-and-back, or as part of a big loop hike.
 
 
Boundary West

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 4390.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.73
(11 votes)
This short section of the much longer Boundary Trail (which spans the Dark Divide between Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams) provides a nice day hike amid the unique geology of the St. Helens area.
 
 
Toutle Trail - Kalama Horse Camp to Red Rock Pass

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 3280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The first section of the Toutle Trail begins at the Kalama Horse Camp, where ample parking and camping are available. The trail crosses a gully and follows alongside the Kalama River.
 
 
Harmony Falls

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Highest Point: 4060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
It is dangerous to enter Spirit Lake due to the log raft which moves unexpectedly. Please do not swim in the lake
An infrequently-used but surprisingly charming trail leading to the site of a former waterfall, and offering the only access to Spirit Lake.
 
 
Goat Mountain and Deadman's Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
11.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 5025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(11 votes)
Hike along a lofty ridge at the demarcation of the blast zone. Look south at blown-down and toppled forests and a series of sparkling alpine lakes surrounded by silver snags. Look north at alpine meadows flush with wildflowers and hillsides cloaked in verdant old-growth canopies. One of the best trails for comparing before and after the eruption landscapes, Goat Mountain is also one of the best for views.
 
 
Toutle Trail - Blue Lake to Loowit Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Take a short dayhike in a ghost forest to a beautiful babbling brook on the southwest side of Mount St. Helens.
 
 
 
3.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 280 ft.
Highest Point: 3400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This middle section of the Toutle Trail starts at Forest Road 81 on the north side of Red Rock Pass.
 
 
Toutle Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
13.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
The Toutle Trail transects five ecozones over more than 13 miles, but can be done in three sections.
 
 
Mount St. Helens - Monitor Ridge

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8365.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(38 votes)
Mount St. Helens is a peak that should be on every life list. And because it is an active volcano, it is best not to put it off for too long. Climbing to the crater rim is an opportunity to see not only amazing views in every direction, but to see geology raw, unformed and in its making.
 
 
Lava Canyon

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(18 votes)
The suspension bridge on the Lava Canyon trail is closed due to cable damage
This trail begins with an amazing, ADA accessible, interpretive trail before proceeding down a steep rugged canyon to a one-of-a-kind swinging bridge.
 
 
Ghost Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
Hike to a lovely, glittering, quiet little lake that at Mount St. Helens that few visit. You’ll have to work for it, of course. But it’s a neat little treat to share with friends, or head to it solo for some solitude.
 
 
Seaquest State Park - Silver Lake

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4390.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
A forest walk and a wetlands walk-two trails for the price of one! This wide, paved trail loops through meadows and shoreline.
 
 
Fossil Trail

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
An overlooked trail in a high canopy forest with nice views of the area in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
 
 
Truman Trail - Pumice Plains

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1425 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
Get up close and personal with Mount St. Helens as you explore the northern flanks of the eruption site and meander through the unique ecology of the pumice plains.
 
 
Coldwater Peak

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5727.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
 
Survey Mount St. Helens’ recovering Blast Zone and get 360-degree, four-peak views from this high perch along the Boundary Trail.