Mount Margaret Backcountry
Explore rugged trails which lead to clear lakes, steep ridges and flowered, mountain slopes. View downed and standing dead trees killed during the 1980 eruption by a sizzling, lateral blast that pummeled the pristine forest, and see the plants and wildlife that have returned. The backcounty offers spectacular views of the crater, blast zone, and log-strewn Spirit Lake, as well as Mount Rainier and Mount Adams.
Trails are narrow, steep in places and can climb over 2,000 feet. Whittier Trail #214 is extremely challenging, very narrow, crosses steep cliffs, and is unsuitable for inexperienced hikers or those uncomfortable with heights.
Camping allowed at eight campsites by advance reservation only. Forest Roads 99 and 26 to Norway Pass Trailhead normally open the end of June through November. Portions of trails are often covered by snow until midsummer. Be prepared to cross snow slopes if you plan an early season visit
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||11/21/2023: South Coldwater Trail, Lakes Trail, and Norway Pass are all open and accessible for the season. Conditions can change rapidly with incoming winter weather. Permit season ends November 30th.|
|Operational Hours:||Day use only unless you purchase a Mount Margaret Backcountry Camping Permit.|
|Permit Info:||Mount Margaret Backcountry Camping Permit required for overnight camping. Eight campsites to choose from. Obtain online or by phone (877) 444-6777 or if hearing impaired, (866) TDD-6777.|
|Closest Towns:||Randle, WA, Toutle, WA|
|Water:||Water is often seasonal springs or snow melt and not always available.|
|Passes:||A valid Recreation Pass is required at Norway Pass Trailhead: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass accepted.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
General InformationGeneral Notes:
Attached you will find camp maps with current available water sources. Please note, water availablity may change through out the summer at Ridge Camp and camps located along the Boundary Trail.
- Norway Pass Trailhead (Fee site) - Boundary Trail #1
- Coldwater Lake Boat Launch (Fee site) - Lakes Trail #211
- South Coldwater Trailhead (No Fee) - South Coldwater Trail #230A
- Johnston Ridge Observatory (Fee site) - Boundary Trail #1