Trail #230A South Coldwater

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This 3.1 mile trail travels from State Route 504 on the south side of Coldwater lake to meet Boundary Trail #1 (area is unavailable) 2.3 miles from South Coldwater Trail 230A junction.

Logging operations were active on South Coldwater Ridge during the spring of 1980. Several pieces of heavy logging equipment were at logging sites on May 18th and were destroyed by the blast. About 1 mile from the trailhead, you will see a bull­dozer and mangled yarding tower. Blasted logs and toppled trees attest to the lateral blast’s speed and force. The trail steadily climbs to its junction with Coldwater Trail #230 offering views of Mount St. Helens, Coldwater Peak, and Coldwater Lake.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Winter conditions exist; expect snow and ice.
Permit Info: A Mount Margaret Backcountry Permit is required for overnight camping. Camping is allowed in designated sites only and by advance reservation.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer-Fall
  • Off trail travel prohibited.
  • No pets or stock.
  • Day-use only. 
Closest Towns: Toutle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

General Information


South Coldwater Trailhead

From Toutle, WA travel east on State Highway 504 for about 36 miles.

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  Area/Length : 
3.1 miles

  Elevation : 
2600' - 4200'


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