South Coldwater Loop {Preview}


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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  • A former member
    A former member

    July 7, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Phenomenal pictures!!!

    July 1, 2013

  • Dave P.

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

    July 1, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    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

  • A former member
    A former member

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

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Ann H.

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

    June 29, 2013

    • Ann H.

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

      June 29, 2013

  • Dave P.

    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

    • Dave P.

      see you at P&R at 7:00

      June 26, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    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 G.

    Exit 109

    June 25, 2013

  • Chuck M.

    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

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