Trail #1: Boundary- Johnston Ridge to Truman Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This section of the Boundary Trail is beautiful hike through the Mount St Helens blast area offering up views of Spirit Lake, Loowit Falls and the Mount St. Helens crater.  

From Boundary Trail #1 (area is unavailable) travels east towards spirit lake to it's junction with Truman Trail #207. Head south on Truman Trail #207 just east of Spririt Lake, or continue north along the Boundary Trail #1 to Coldwater Peak then east to Norway Pass.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/27/2021: This section fairly melted out. Expect a few patches of snow. Deep snow remains in the Mount Margaret Backcountry. Routefinding skills needed if you go beyond the Harry's Ridge spur.
  • No fee or pass required, however site use at Johnston Ridge Observatory requires an America the Beautiful Pass or $8 per adult, children 15 and younger are free. An ANNUAL Northwest Forest Pass admits one.
  • Windy Ridge Interpretive Site requires a Recreation Pass or $5/vehicle/day. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Permit Info: A Mount Margaret Backcountry Permit is required for camping in the Mount Margaret Backcountry.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Due to the sensitivity of the area: No dogs, bicycles, camping, fires or livestock allowed in the restricted area. Off trail travel prohibited without a special use permit.
Closest Towns: Toutle, WA
Water: No water along trail.
Restroom: Restrooms available at Johnston Ridge
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General Information

General Notes:

Summers can be hot and dry, fall windy and wet.  Please be prepared. Carry the ten essentials. Due to the sensitivity of the area and the various on going scientific studies, please stay on the trail.


Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
8.2 miles one way

  Elevation : 
3600' - 4200'


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