Coldwater Lake


Backpack - Coldwater Lake

Explore the Mt. Margaret Backcountry near Mount Saint Helens--spectacular views, gorgeous wildflowers and abundant wildlife.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 30.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,700 ft

Old Federal Way Park and Ride 9 AM Friday

This 3 day trip will begin at the Johnston Ridge Visitor Center, proceed to Ridge Camp via the Boundary Trail and Harry's Ridge.  Two nights at Ridge Camp at 4020'.  On the off day, we will day hike about 15 miles RT to Mount Margaret and /or Bear Camp--glorious views of Spirit Lake and Saint Helens.  We will summit Coldwater Peak on a trail (if snow is safe) on the first or second day.  The third day, Sunday we will head West from Ridge Camp connecting to the Lakes Trail and descend along Coldwater Lake to the Coldwater Lake TH.  We will need two cars for the shuttle. Bear cannisters or Ursascks and trekking poles are required.


Coldwater Lake

  • Green Trails Mount St Helens NVM No. 332S

    Trails Illustrated Mt Saint. Helens/Mount Adams

    Green Trails Spirit Lake No. 332
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or Ursack
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Trekking poles
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