The last spur (Trail #1G) switchbacks steeply up for 0.7 miles, and gains about 700 feet as it climbs to the summit of Coldwater Peak at 5727 feet elevation. The route goes around St. Helens Lake at the base of Coldwater Peak and then turns east again to climb the ridge to Mt. I hiked on a sunny, cloudless day and from the peak was able to see four mountains in panorama: Mt. Die Route ist am besten von Mai bis Oktober zugänglich. 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. 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. Coldwater Peak Hike Info. The trailhead at 8:00 am the temperature was 53 degrees. There was low cloud coverage on the way in, making the last 20 miles slow going (road paved the whole way). Bear left and begin the steep, well switch backed climb to the top of Coldwater Peak. Drive/Parking: The drive is easy to the observatory parking lot and the lot is huge. In about another 3/4 mile you will come to the junction of Trail #1E. Once a piece about the size of a car tire rolled down so close and so fast we had to run back uphill to get out of the way. 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". The trail continued traversing above St. Helen’s lake. The last spur (Trail #1G) switchbacks steeply up for 0.7 miles, and gains about 700 feet as it climbs to the summit of Coldwater Peak at 5727 feet elevation. One warning - the recent snow and then sunshine meant ice sheets on the rock faces. We had the trail all to ourselves when we hiked on a Monday. 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. A lot of signs of wildlife, but no first hand sightings. It can be a bit slippery at parts if there is ice/snow packed on the trail. Heard elk song from the parking area. Completed 10/8/20 Amazing views the whole way. Took a wrong turn and almost headed down to Coldwater Lake. Great run. 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. Portions of this part of the trail are steep and little shade is offered. Amazing views the whole way. Parking Pass. Weather was really foggy which made it pretty nice since most of it the trail is exposed. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke nur für erfahrene Abenteurer geeignet. 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. There was one mountain goat laying on the rocks right at the summit. Amazing spot to have lunch with views of the other great mountains on the horizon. Stay right here another .4 miles along the east slopes of Coldwater Peak (between it and St. Helens Lake). In the winter time, the area between St. Helens Lake and Coldwater Peak tends to be covered in snow. Mt. Logistics + Planning. Drive/Parking: The drive is easy to the observatory parking lot and the lot is huge. This is a difficult out and back trail to Coldwater Peak in Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. The hike is moderate with ups and downhills throughout the hike. Run up to Coldwater peak was more of a hike but definitely worth the 3/4 mile. Margaret. 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. Run up to Coldwater peak was more of a hike but definitely worth the 3/4 mile. It's 12.8 miles round trip with 1,900 feet of elevation gain and a high point of 5,727 ft. 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. Outstanding hike, gets a bit long at the end. 10.70 miles w/ 1903ft elevation gain. Mountain Conditions. Jul 9, 2014 - Boundary trail No. It’s supposed to be a day hike, but I seem to have a way of stretching these things out…so it also took me part of a night to get out of there. The Boundary trail is amazing. Johnston Ridge Observatory 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. The area is completely void of taller trees which makes sense because this area was in the blast zone. Hood and Mount Saint Helens. Margaret and would be the nearest official campsite. 10/10 would recommend. Outstanding hike, gets a bit long at the end. St. Helens. Good views and easy to navigate if you've brought a map. I believe the only thing open in the Observatory is the gift shop. Fall . The views are panoramic and spectacular. The trail traversed under Coldwater Peak, and we decided to wait until for the following day to climb when we had reliable water. On a clear day you can see Mt. Plenty of herds of Elk were seen running around early morning and a fairly decent amount of mountain goats were seen on the ridges. Well maintained trail. Toutle, WA 98649. Visitor Center, movie theater, ample parking. 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. Margaret and then climbs steeply to the Coldwater Peak area and its junction with Truman Trail #207. From Castle Rock, Washington (I-5 Exit 49) take Spirit Lake Highway (Hwy 504) 52 miles to the end at Johnstons' Ridge. 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. 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. 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. General Day Use Fee . There are about 10 porta johns where the food cart used to be. There was low cloud coverage on the way in, making the last 20 miles slow going (road paved the whole way). Heard coyotes howling on my way down. It then descends from Mt. Sights to See . Although in the midst of the blast zone, the trail is alive with color. Trail gets a little busy as you get closer to the visitor center but that is to be expected. 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. 1 northeast of St. Helens Lake, one camp … Current Conditions: 11/17/2020: Expect snow on the trail. It's 54 miles long and runs for the most part along a ridge in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. 1 from Johnston Ridge to Coldwater Peak best part of visiting north side of volcano Please see this link for info. The views are panoramic and spectacular. Adams, Mt. Trail gets a little busy as you get closer to the visitor center but that is to be expected. Three camps are along Boundary trail No. coldwater peak. Nearly no wind at all, but very exposed to the elements (sun, rain, etc) so hikers should come prepared. Definitely a thigh killer though! Hiked this trail on 10/25. Hood and Mount Saint Helens. 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. 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. This switchbacks up the grassy slopes.6 miles to the summit. 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. The early afternoon sun warmed the rocks and the ice would break off in huge pieces and roll down the hill. High . Saw no one on this portion of my hike. Most of the views were hidden until midday when the lower hanging fog started to clear. Beautiful views even with the Yakama fires. The trailhead at 8:00 am the temperature was 53 degrees.