Awesome Hike

"Awesome is an understatement." ~ Chad "I was blown away by the spectacle of this place." ~ Tina

Questions? Email explore@mshinstitute.org or call (360) 207-1675

The most spectacular trail system in the Mount St. Helens area, this challenging 10-mile hike from Johnson Ridge Observatory winds through the heart of the blast zone in the Mount Margaret Backcountry, past Coldwater Peak, and along south Coldwater Ridge. You’ll see spectacular wildflower displays, stunning views of St. Helens Lake and Spirit Lake, and twisted logging equipment: all reminders of the destructive and renewing powers of this great volcano. And at the end of the day, we’ll shuttle the group back to their vehicles. Guided by the Mount St. Helens Institute complete with geology and biology lessons, this will be a day you won’t soon forget!

Challenge Rating: Strenuous 
Distance: 10 miles 
levation Gain: 2000 ft (loss 3700 ft)
Meeting Location: Coldwater Lake picnic area  
Minimum Age: 12+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult) 
Maximum Group Size: 10
Cost: $106

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