Definitely a thigh killer though! Completed 10/8/20 21500 Spirit Lake Highway Congestion. Upon merging onto the Boundary Trail 4.3 miles from the last aid station, runners reach the junction with Boundary Trail where they ran earlier in the day past St. Helens Lake, Coldwater Peak and through the rock arch. Good job fellow hikers! St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (360)449-7800 Highly recommend this hike! Amazing views the whole way. Preferable season(s) Summer . Well maintained trail. 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. Run up to Coldwater peak was more of a hike but definitely worth the 3/4 mile. Trail gets a little busy as you get closer to the visitor center but that is to be expected. Not busy on a weekday. Heard coyotes howling on my way down. Three camps are along Boundary trail No. As we leave the Boundary Trail and begin ascending Coldwater Peak in earnest, the other Cascades peek over the horizon to say hello. Anyway, the trail to the top of Coldwater Peak is about 12 miles roundtrip with ~2000 feet cumulative elevation gain. I believe the only thing open in the Observatory is the gift shop. There was one mountain goat laying on the rocks right at the summit. Then resume following the Boundary Trail traveling along the south side of Johnston Ridge out of … It's not until you reach the St. Helens Lake area (formed by the eruption) that more than splintered tree bases can be found. The hike is mostly exposed, so bring at least 2L of water. Hood and Mount Saint Helens. The trail traversed under Coldwater Peak, and we decided to wait until for the following day to climb when we had reliable water. Total miles hiked (I did check out other trails.) Mountain Conditions. We had the trail all to ourselves when we hiked on a Monday. I hiked on a sunny, cloudless day and from the peak was able to see four mountains in panorama: Mt. One warning - the recent snow and then sunshine meant ice sheets on the rock faces. Er führt entlang eines Sees, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Hier kann hervorragend gewandert, geklettert und geritten werden. Absolutely beautiful. There are about 10 porta johns where the food cart used to be. Great run. Heard coyotes howling on my way down. Amassing views from the peak. Beautiful views of three mountains and three lakes from the top. In the winter time, the area between St. Helens Lake and Coldwater Peak tends to be covered in snow. Allow plenty of time, carry an ample supply of water (except for occasional snowmelt, it’s a dry trail), and expect to return with a dusty coating of ash on your clothing and gear. 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. Go left onto Boundary Tr1 and ascend the undulating ridgeline terrain past the Coldwater Peak Tr1G intersection and Saint Helens Lake at 6mi, then pass The Dome at 7.3mi, reaching the Mount Margaret ride summit at 8.9mi. Hike on the Boundary Trail until you reach the turnoff for Coldwater Peak. Fully sun exposed although today was incredibly foggy. This is a popular hiking trail and well worth the effort. 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. 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. 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). The trailhead at 8:00 am the temperature was 53 degrees. We’re on top before we know it, and somehow have the place to ourselves, so we sit on the summit block for lunch and beer, staring down in every direction at the lakes and rivers and valleys that seem to all radiate from our central peak. 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. Our plan was to hike the Boundary trail #1 to the Coldwater Peak trail #1E to the summit of Coldwater Peak (5,727'). At.4 miles from the saddle and previous trail junction, turn left at the sign for Coldwater Peak Trail. Our plan was to hike the Boundary trail #1 to the Coldwater Peak trail #1E to the summit of Coldwater Peak (5,727'). Two dogs on trail (dogs are not allowed in the National Volcanic Monument)... but well behaved. Good job fellow hikers! 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. After 5.5 long miles, you’ll reach the Coldwater Peak Trail. Started the hike around 6:30 am and was treated to a beautiful sunrise! Not handicap accessible and would not recommend for young children as the l 3 miles or so you are hiking on a ridge,, with steep drop offs. Logistics + Planning. Most of the views were hidden until midday when the lower hanging fog started to clear. Johnston Ridge Observatory Plenty of herds of Elk were seen running around early morning and a fairly decent amount of mountain goats were seen on the ridges. Not handicap accessible and would not recommend for young children as the l 3 miles or so you are hiking on a ridge,, with steep drop offs. Heard elk song from the parking area. The trail heads east away from the parking area along Johnson Ridge. Started the trail at 2:50am. Saw no one on this portion of my hike. I’d like to say it’s because I spent too much time waiting for sunset pictures, but that isn’t entirely accurate. Trail Guide Best Trails & Photos. Visitor Center, movie theater, ample parking. Jul 9, 2014 - Boundary trail No. Mt. Phone: 360-274-2143. Beautiful views of three mountains and three lakes from the top. Please see this link for info. 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). Ran into only two other people on the hike so I was the first one out at 9am and alone at the summit! Incredibly windy meaning lots of dust in the eyes. 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. Margaret and then climbs steeply to the Coldwater Peak area and its junction with Truman Trail #207. Margaret and would be the nearest official campsite. Most of the views were hidden until midday when the lower hanging fog started to clear. One of my very favorites, it's a "must-do" on my summer hiking list. Adams, Mt. A lot of signs of wildlife, but no first hand sightings. Bear left and begin the steep, well switch backed climb to the top of Coldwater Peak. The strawberries and mountain huckleberries lining the trail slowed our progress as we ate our way across the basin. It's 54 miles long and runs for the most part along a ridge in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. 10.70 miles w/ 1903ft elevation gain. The route goes around St. Helens Lake at the base of Coldwater Peak and then turns east again to climb the ridge to Mt. But although coming close, I'd yet to summit Coldwater Peak. On a clear day you can see Mt. The early afternoon sun warmed the rocks and the ice would break off in huge pieces and roll down the hill. Er führt entlang eines Sees, vorbei an herrl Saint Helens, Saint Helens Lake, Coldwater Lake, and Spirit Lake from the summit. Beautiful views even with the Yakama fires. This is a difficult out and back trail to Coldwater Peak in Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. Boundary Trail to Coldwater Peak ist ein 11.9 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Toutle, Washington. The Boundary trail is amazing. Gorgeous. Reach the Loowit Viewpoint, a popular pullover for motorists heading to the observatory. No litter! The trail dropped down towards a saddle (5,070 ft), where the boundary trail reaches a junction with the Coldwater Trail 5.2 miles from the trailhead. I recommend a very secure pair of sunglasses to shield debris. Got started about 0930. Anyway, the trail to the top of Coldwater Peak is about 12 miles roundtrip with ~2000 feet cumulative elevation gain. Plenty of herds of Elk were seen running around early morning and a fairly decent amount of mountain goats were seen on the ridges. High . Nobody in my group used trekking poles but I'm sure they would have come in handy. The early afternoon sun warmed the rocks and the ice would break off in huge pieces and roll down the hill. A bit of wildfire smoke collecting around the mountain, but not enough to ruin the experience. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and horses and is best used from May until October. St. Helens. Trail: well maintained and east to follow signage. Great run. 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 … Started the hike around 6:30 am and was treated to a beautiful sunrise! Coldwater Peak Trail Trail Reports no reports have been added for Coldwater Peak Trail yet, add a trail report . It's 54 miles long and runs for the most part along a ridge in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Coldwater Peak Hike Info. Outstanding hike, gets a bit long at the end. The trail starts at the east end of the Johnson Ridge parking area (4189') and is paved at first (but not for long). In the winter time, the area between St. Helens Lake and Coldwater Peak tends to be covered in snow. 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. I recommend a very secure pair of sunglasses to shield debris. This section of Boundary Trail #1 (area is unavailable) ... Take the side trip to Coldwater Peak and enjoy an outstanding panorama of the beautiful Cascade Mountains and Mount St. Helens' dynamic volcanic landscape. It's 12.8 miles round trip with 1,900 feet of elevation gain and a high point of 5,727 ft. Ran into only two other people on the hike so I was the first one out at 9am and alone at the summit! Beautiful view of the mountain and the after affects of the blast, pyroclastic flow. Trail reports are used to indicate a trails current condition and inform builders and other riders about any issues on a trail. Portions of this part of the trail are steep and little shade is offered. Adams, Mt. 10/10 would recommend. From Castle Rock, Washington (I-5 Exit 49) take Spirit Lake Highway (Hwy 504) 52 miles to the end at Johnstons' Ridge. Attempted to do this hike solo on Monday 10/5/2020, but there was an exposed rocky, sketchy area (4.08 miles in via Johnston Ridge) I did not want to do solo and in the dark. 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