Trail #232 Winds of Change

Area Status: Unreachable

The Winds of Change Trail provides an educational walk near Coldwater Science and Learning Center. Trail users are guided by interpretive displays illustrating the effects of the May 18, 1980 lateral blast on plant and animal life. The trail provides views of Mount St. Helens and the North Fork Toutle River. Wildflowers, shrubs, and young trees flourish along the path.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail open only during operational hours of Coldwater Science and Learning Center. The center is currently closed.
Operational Hours: Winds of Change Trail available during operational hours of Coldwater Science and Learning Center. Currently, Coldwater Science and Learning Center is closed due to COVID 19 precautions. Center closed at least until Dec. 19. Opening date yet to be determined.
Fees No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Medium
  • Off trail travel prohibited.
  • No pets, stock, or bicycles.
  • Day-use only.
Closest Towns: Castle Rock, WA, Toutle, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:

General Information


These sites are near Coldwater Lake and provide recreation opportunities:

Coldwater Lake Picnic and Boating Site

Science and Learning Center at Coldwater



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Day Hiking

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
0.4 miles

  Elevation : 
3000' - 3080'


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