Trail #232 Winds of Change

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Winds of Change Trail provides an educational walk near Coldwater Science and Learning Center. 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

Operational Hours: Winds of Change Trail available during operational hours of Coldwater Science and Learning Center. Currently, the foyer only is open, 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday-Monday with the parking lot gate closing at 5:30. The rest of the building remains closed.
Fees No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Medium
  • Off trail travel prohibited.
  • No pets, stock, or bicycles.
  • Day-use only.
Closest Towns: Castle Rock, WA, Toutle, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:

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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  Area/Length : 
0.4 miles

  Elevation : 
3000' - 3080'