Trail #211 Lakes

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Lakes Trail # 211 begins at Coldwater Lake Boat Launch and follows the northwest shore passing through blown down trees, wildflowers, and alder thickets. Deer, elk, and coyotes often use the trail, traveling between feeding grounds. Minnie Peak and its impressive rocky summit frame the valley to the north. Lakes Trail #211 follows the shoreline until reaching the head of Coldwater Lake, 4.5 miles from the trailhead. The junction with Coldwater Trail #230 is 0.5 mile from the head of Coldwater Lake.

Continuing northeast from the junction with Coldwater Trail #230, Lakes Trail #211 enters Boundary Trail #1 (area is unavailable), 3.1 miles from Norway Pass Trailhead.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/13/21: Low elevation areas are snow-free, but snow has fallen in the Mount Margaret Backcountry. Expect snowy and slushy conditions, which may be hazardous in some areas. 
Fees No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Spring-Sumer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
  • Off trail travel prohibited to protect the fragile environment.
  • Day Use Only.
  • No camping, fires or livestock. Pets allowed ON LEASH only. They must stay on the trail.
  • See Mount St. Helens Map for trails where mountain bikes are allowed in Closure Area #1. Bikes must stay on the trail at all times to protect the fragile landscape.
Closest Towns:  Toutle, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information



Coldwater Lake Boat Launch or Coldwater Trail #230 via South Coldwater Trail #230A.



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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles

  Elevation : 
2500' - 2700'


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