Trailhead: Blue Lake (Mt St Helens)

Area Status: Unreachable

Provides access to: Blue Lake, the Toutle Trail #238, and the Blue Horse Trail #237.

Forest Road 8123 ends at the Blue Lake Trailhead. 


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Forest Road 81 gated for the winter on the west side just past Kalama Horse Camp and on the east side at Cougar Sno-Park. Road snow and ice covered and not plowed.
Fees No fee
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Busiest Season: Fall
Restrictions: Horses prohibited above Butte Camp Trail #238A and across Sheep Canyon.
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument & Visitor Centers

General Information

General Notes:

Located at the end of Forest Road 8123 the Blue Lake Trailhead is a popular access point for Horses, mountain bikers and hikers.


From Woodland, WA take state Route 503 east for approximately 28 miles to Forest Road 81. Take a left on Forest Road 81 towards Kalama Horse Camp Recreation Area. Follow Forest Road 81 north for approximately 12 miles to Forest Road 8123. Continue on Forest Road 8123 until it ends at Blue Lake trailhead. 

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