Trail #224 Harmony

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Named for a now-submerged waterfall (Harmony Falls), this steep, one-mile trail begins at Harmony Falls Viewpoint and ends on the shore of Spirit Lake. The semi-barren hillside you descend and surrounding landscape was blanketed by old growth forests, pre-eruption. Huge trees were swept away or toppled by the lateral blast of the May 1980 eruption.

On May 18th, the north side of St. Helens collapsed, slamming into Spirit Lake. The resulting “tidal” wave surged 800 feet up the opposite shore, dragging toppled trees into the lake as the water returned. Those trees still float on the lake surface. The avalanche filled the base of the lake, raising the lake level 200 feet, and submerging Harmony Falls, and the site of rustic Harmony Falls Lodge.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 7/22/2020: Bear sightings have been reported on the trail. Use caution. For information on bear encounters, visit the U.S. Forest Service "Be Bear Aware" website.
Fees $5/vehicle/day or valid Recreation Pass required at Harmony Falls Viewpoint. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Restrictions:
  • Off trail travel prohibited.
  • No pets, stock, or bicycles.
  • Day-use only.
  • No fishing or swimming is allowed at Spirit Lake.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information

Directions:

From Cougar WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on FR 90 for 16 miles and stay to the left on Forest Road 25, pass the Pine Creek Information Center. Drive FR 25 for 25 miles to the junction of Forest Road 99. Turn left onto FR 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 13.5 miles to Harmony Viewpoint. Trail starts from here.


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  Area/Length : 
1.0 miles

  Elevation : 
3400 - 4100

 



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