Trail #232 Winds of Change

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

The Winds of Change Trail provides an educational walk near Coldwater Lake. Trail users are guided by interpretive displays illustrating the effects of the May 18, 1980 lateral blast on plant and animal life. The trail provides views of Mount St. Helens and the North Fork Toutle River. Wildflowers, shrubs, and young trees flourish along the path.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/20/2016: Open for school groups and special events only. Reopens to the public on Nov. 1.
Usage: Medium
  • Off trail travel prohibited.
  • No pets, stock, or bicycles.
  • Day-use only.
Closest Towns: Castle Rock, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

General Information


These sites are near Coldwater Lake and provide recreation opportunities:

Coldwater Lake Picnic and Boating Site

Science and Learning Center at Coldwater



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