Trailhead: Blue Lake (Mt St Helens)

Area Status: Unreachable

Provides access to: Blue Lake, the Toutle Trail #238, and the Blue Lake Trail #237. Access from Forest Road 8123. The road is washed out about 1/2 mile in, so park and walk from there.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/01/2020: The trail is open but unreachable by vehicle. Forest Road 81 is gated on the west side just past Kalama Horse Camp, and on the east side just past Cougar Sno-Park. Expect deep snow on the trail.
Fees No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Busiest Season: Fall

Horses are prohibited on:

  • Toutle Trail #238 north of the Sheep Canyon Trail #240 intersection
  • Sheep Canyon Trail #240 east of the Toutle Trail #238
  • Butte Camp Trail #238A



Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information

General Notes:

Located at the end of Forest Road 8123 the Blue Lake Trailhead is a popular access point for Horses, mountain bikers and hikers.


From Woodland, WA take state Route 503 east for approximately 28 miles to Forest Road 81. Take a left on Forest Road 81 towards Kalama Horse Camp Recreation Area. Follow Forest Road 81 north for approximately 12 miles to Forest Road 8123. Continue on Forest Road 8123 until it ends at Blue Lake trailhead. 

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