Coldwater Peak, Harry's Ridge & Pumice Plain


Day Hike - Coldwater Peak

Hike across a volcanic landscape to two highpoints with views into Mt. St. Helens crater.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,850 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,727 ft
  • Pace: 1.75-2.25 mph

Coldwater Lake/Birth of a Lake Trailhead parking lot (not the boat launch side) at 8:00 a.m. Leader will provide driving directions from Olympia. Road is paved all the way. No carpooling except by members of same household. Drivers will require a Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent. 

IMPORTANT NOTES: Participants on this dayhike will be subject to strict adherence to social distancing and mask requirements. Leader will communicate specifics to the participants in advance. Please review the club's complete COVID-19 guidance. If you object to any of the requirements, please refrain from registering so that others can. 

This trip is a point-to-point hike that involves a car drop. After summiting Coldwater Peak we'll descend the Coldwater Ridge and South Coldwater Trails. It's a burly dayhike, especially in warm weather. I'll be screening registrants and reviewing your recent hiking experience with the club. Please don't be offended if I call or email for more details. 


Coldwater Peak, Harry's Ridge & Pumice Plain

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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