Trail #232 Winds of Change

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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: 2/12/2019: Science and Learning Center open for winter season, but trail has mixed snow and ice and is not currently ADA accessible.
Operational Hours:  Open weekends, 10am to 4pm, the hours of operation of Coldwater Science and Learning Center.
Usage: Medium
  • Off trail travel prohibited.
  • No pets, stock, or bicycles.
  • Day-use only.
Closest Towns: Castle Rock, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

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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