Trail #207 Truman (Willow Springs #207A)
The 5.7 mile Truman Trail #207 immerses you in the area devastated by the 1980 eruption. Looking north, you see log-filled Spirit Lake topped by Mount Margaret. To the south you look upward at Mount St. Helens’ crater and lava dome.
The trail begins at Windy Ridge Interpretive Site and starts by following a road built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to access the Spirit Lake pumping station after the 1980 eruption. (Shortly after the 1980 eruption the water level in Spirit Lake rose alarmingly, threatening to overtop the debris dam and to send a deluge down the Toutle Valley. To help alleviate this danger, barge-mounted pumps were installed to remove water from the lake. Pumping continued until a 1.7-mile long tunnel could be completed, allowing Spirit Lake to drain into South Coldwater Creek.)
Flanked by ever-growing patches of lupine, Indian paintbrush, and other wildflowers, the trail crosses several streams that originate in the crater. Wooden marking posts aid you in staying on trail as you travel across the pumice plain and climb the debris avalanche to the junction with Boundary Trail #1 (area is unavailable).
Willow Springs Trail #207A from its junction with Truman Trail #207, offers a loop opportunity. This 0.8-mile trail provides a link to the Loowit Trail #216. You can make a loop of these trails by connecting with the Loowit Trail #216 and the Windy Trail #216E.
Special Conditions: Off trail travel prohibited. No pets or stock. Day-use only. Bicycles are prohibited west of the junction with Abraham Trail #216D.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||11/19/21: Expect winter conditions. Road to Johnston Ridge Observatory typically closes in December. Forest Road 99 to Windy Ridge is already snow-covered and will officially close December 1st.|
|Closest Towns:||Castle Rock, WA; Randle, WA|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
Windy Ridge Interpretive Site (Forest Road 99)