Trail #230A South Coldwater

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Trail in summer, no Mount St. Helens view

This 3.1 mile trail travels from State Route 504 on the south side of Coldwater lake to meet Boundary Trail #1 (area is unavailable) 2.3 miles from South Coldwater Trail 230A junction.

Logging operations were active on South Coldwater Ridge during the spring of 1980. Several pieces of heavy logging equipment were at logging sites on May 18th and were destroyed by the blast. About 1 mile from the trailhead, you will see a bull­dozer and mangled yarding tower. Blasted logs and toppled trees attest to the lateral blast’s speed and force. The trail steadily climbs to its junction with Coldwater Trail #230 offering views of Mount St. Helens, Coldwater Peak, and Coldwater Lake.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 04/22/2021: Several feet of snow on trail. Snow is still falling at the elevation. Always be prepared.
Fees No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Permit Info: A Mount Margaret Backcountry Permit is required for overnight camping in the Mount Margaret Backcountry. Camping is allowed in designated sites only and by advance reservation.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer-Fall
  • Off trail travel prohibited.
  • No stock. Dog allowed on-leash only and must stay on trail.
  • Day-use only. 
  • See Mount St. Helens Map for trails where mountain bikes are allowed in Closure Area #1. Bikes must stay on the trail at all times to protect the fragile landscape.
Closest Towns: Toutle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
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South Coldwater Trailhead

From Toutle, WA travel east on State Highway 504 for about 36 miles.

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  Area/Length : 
3.1 miles

  Elevation : 
2600' - 4200'


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