South Coldwater Loop {Preview}

WE WILL NEED TO TAKE TWO CARS

Northwest Forest Pass required....

Once you RSVP, Msg me and I'll give you my number in case you need to cancel short notice


I have this hike posted for July 21st but since I don't have a hiked planned for this coming weekend I'm thinking I might go check it out before taking the group up there.

I'm just looking for a small group but we will need two cars.  Is anybody interested in driving down and doing the 11 mile loop with me and taking time to explore and take pictures??
It's a dry trail so you will need lots of water and all the things you would normally bring on a hike.. I'm not a fast hiker but I do not turn back once I start,  so make sure your up for this, This is not a beginner hike... NO COTTON, NO JEANS..10 Essentials..Sharing of the gas cost..


Latest trip reports for South Coldwater Trail:

Date: Jun 22, 2013

Type: Day hike

Hike: South Coldwater Trail [#230A]

Region: South Cascades-Mt St Helens

Agency: USFS Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument

 


 

This is what hiking is all about. A Scenic ridge-line trail full of outstanding views of Mount St Helens, Coldwater lake and the surrounding valleys.

The trailhead was easy to find, just off spirit lake highway two miles from its junction with Hwy 504.

We arrived in the late afternoon, so we were limited in time but due to the nice late summer evenings we still hiked for about three hours. The trail was in excellent condition and the ascent very manageable. The only downside - no Elk sightings.

Hike this one and forget all those forested canopy trails that only provide trees and ferns for views.

 

South Coldwater Lake (SE) [c] one hand studios

 

Looking South to Mt St Helens [c] one hand studios

 

Tractor Landmark [c] one hand studios

 

 

 

 

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  • miki kanada

    more photos in the link below:
    https://plus.google.com/photos/1...­

    July 7, 2013

  • Mike Trygstad

    Phenomenal pictures!!!

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Dave Pinch

    I really enjoyed the hike different terrain around every corner.
    Tough one with the heat but very worth every minute.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Lorri

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it....I need to update info for the hike on the 21st now that I've previewed it....thank you all for coming....it was a great day.

    July 1, 2013

  • Chuck Martin

    A few notes on geography.
    Dave was correct. The peak with the observation equipment was indeed Coldwater Peak.
    I, however, was wrong. The distant peak in Oregon is Mt. Hood, and is *not* Jefferson Peak.
    I hope to post the pictures by Tuesday (cross your fingers). :)

    July 1, 2013

  • miki kanada

    It was one of the best hike! Thank you everyone:)

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Ann Holeman

    Just did this hike on Wed. The flowers are out and it was a beautiful hike. Everything is green! Have fun!

    June 29, 2013

    • Lorri

      Yay!!! Its gonna be hot but I'm still excited ...Did you see any elk?

      June 29, 2013

    • Ann Holeman

      No elk.....lots of tracks but no animals.

      June 29, 2013

  • Lorri

    I just want to make sure everyone knows its going to be 90 degrees at Mt. St. Helens on Sunday and this is a DRY, HOT, UNCOVERED, ASHY trail so bring your SUNSCREEN, EXTRA WATER or Gatorade and a hat....

    June 28, 2013

  • Dave Pinch

    I am definitely in for this hike. I live in Lacey could you please make a stop on the way down south at Lacey Martin way Park and ride, I would be happy to drive if needed.

    June 24, 2013

  • Lorri

    There also won't be as many wildflowers due to the season but an amazing hike just the same.

    June 25, 2013

  • Lorri

    Chuck... Coldwater is only the last 5 miles of the loop we are doing... We are going to start at the Johnston Observatory on Trail #1 to trail #230 to trail #230A which is the Coldwater trail.... The first part is the best part except for the elk.

    June 25, 2013

  • Chuck Martin

    It's a good thing that we're leaving early. The South Coldwater trail is WTA's hike of the week, and I know from experience that means that there will be a million hikers as a result. Luckily, most of them are late starters, so we should be okay. Another mitigating factor is that the trail isn't close to Seattle.

    June 25, 2013

  • Kathy Goulet

    Exit 109

    June 25, 2013

    • Lorri

      Ooopps...that's what I meant, I had just woke up....

      June 25, 2013

  • Chuck Martin

    Yippee! 6/30 is one of the few days that I am free. I will be really happy to preview the trail!

    June 24, 2013

    • Lorri

      Awesome... I figure this way I'll be totally confident when I take the group....

      June 24, 2013

    • Lorri

      I'm gonna practice using my compass as well

      June 24, 2013

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