Trail #1: Boundary- Norway Pass to Elk Pass

Area Status: Unreachable
  
 

This section of the Boundary Trail #1 (area is unavailable) starts at Norway Pass Trailhead and heads east to to Elk Pass Trailhead. Ghost Lake Trail #1H is accessible along this section. You'll reach the junction to this short trail leading north along clearwater Creek to Ghost Lake before just west of the Monument boundary. 

Enjoy excellent views of Mount St. Helens as you hike through the blown-down forest within the Monument. The trail winds in and out of patches of green and standing dead timber. You will observe that many trees were protected from the searing blast winds by high ridges deflecting the main force of the eruption, leaving some trees only singed and others untouched. Take a side trip to explore the eerie shores of Ghost Lake which is surrounded by the gray skeletal remains of what was once a lush green forest. As you walk look for small trees that survived the eruption because they were shielded beneath a blanket of snow!

As you continue you will enter a forest that is much like the one that once surrounded Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake before the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980. You'll access views of the jagged peak of Mount Hood and the lush young forest of the Clearwater Valley. This valley was salvaged and replanted following the eruption. 

Care should be taken not to disturb developing plant and animal life along the fragile shoreline of Ghost Lake. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Winter conditions exist; expect snow and ice.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Water: Yes, Norway Pass TH
Restroom: Yes, Norway Pass TH
Passes:  A valid Recreation Pass is required at Norway Pass Trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens Visitor Centers

General Information

Directions:

Elk Pass Trailhead  (Cowlitz Valley Ranger District)

From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer right in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Follow Forest Road 25 for 21.9 miles and arrive at the trail. The trail crosses Forest Road 25 road at this point.

Norway Pass Trailhead (Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument)

From State Highway 12 in Randle WA, take WA-131S south for 2.8 miles to Forest Road 25. Continue on Forest Road 25 for another 24.3 miles to the junction with Forest Road 99. Turn right onto FR 99 towards Windy Ridge.  Drive approximately 9.2 miles to Forest Road 26 and turn right.  The Norway Pass Trailhead will be .09 miles on your left.

From Cougar WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on FR 90 for 16 miles and stay to the left on Forest Road 25, pass the Pine Creek Information Center. Drive FR 25 for 25 miles to the junction of Forest Road 99. Turn left onto FR 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 9.2 miles to Forest Road 26 and turn right.  The Norway Pass Trailhead will be .09 miles on your left.


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
6 miles

  Elevation : 
3640' - 4520'

 

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