Trail #211 Lakes

Area Status: Open

The Lakes Trail # 211 begins at Coldwater Lake Boat Launch and follows the northwest shore passing through blown down trees, wildflowers, and alder thickets. Deer, elk, and coyotes often use the trail, traveling between feeding grounds. Minnie Peak and its impressive rocky summit frame the valley to the north. Lakes Trail #211 follows the shoreline until reaching the head of Coldwater Lake, 4.5 miles from the trailhead. The junction with Coldwater Trail #230 is 0.5 mile from the head of Coldwater Lake.

Continuing northeast from the junction with Coldwater Trail #230, Lakes Trail #211 enters Boundary Trail #1 (area is unavailable), 3.1 miles from Norway Pass Trailhead.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/16/2023: Lakes Trail is now open and accessible. Johnston Ridge is unreachable by vehicle due to a closure on State Route 504 at MP 45.2 due to a landslide. Learn More
Fees: No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Spring-Sumer-Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
  • No camping
  • No stock or bicycles.
  • Pets must be on a 6 foot leash at all times. 
    • Hiking in this environment can pose the following dangers to pets: 
      • Little to no shade
      • Little to no water availability 
      • Blowing dust and fine particulate matter 
      • Abrasive trail surfaces due to volcanic rock 
  • No off-trail use. Off-trail travel by people or pets tramples vegetation and impacts sensitive research areas 
  • See Mount St. Helens Map for more information.
Closest Towns:  Toutle, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information



Coldwater Lake Boat Launch or Coldwater Trail #230 via South Coldwater Trail #230A.


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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles

  Elevation : 
2500' - 2700'