South Coldwater Ridge


Day Hike - Coldwater Ridge to Coldwater Peak Saddle

Explore the Mt. St. Helens area on this strenuous hike to Coldwater Ridge trail and Coldwater Peak. Weather permitting, views of St. Helens and some early flowers.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph on average, slower on steep stuff

0830 at the Coldwater Ridge trailhead on SR 504. 

My goals for this trip are as follows:

1. Be safe.

2. Explore an area new to me.

3. Make to Coldwater Peak or somewhere close to that.

4. Get a good workout.

My expectations for trip participants are as follows:

1. Practice Leave No Trace principles.

2. Be respectful of all participants.

3. Have the physical conditioning necessary for this trip. 13 miles and 3000' of gain is a strenuous hike. Pace is about 2 miles per hour, slower on the steep uphill parts, faster on easier sections. 

Things to think about when signing up for this hike:

1. It's a LONG drive from the Seattle area. Plan on a long day.

2. The terrain is all within the blast zone, meaning there is very little shade and if it's sunny there will be lots of sun exposure. Plan on packing all your water, there likely won't be anything to filter. 


South Coldwater Ridge

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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