Stewardship - Coldwater Lake


Stewardship - Coldwater Lake

The Olympia Mountaineers are super excited to have a two day stewardship activity at Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument this weekend. Please join the Olympia Mountaineers for this unique opportunity to perform volunteer work in removing invasive species (Scotch broom) to help protect Mt. St. Helens National Monument at spectacular Coldwater Lake on the shoulder of Mt. St. Helens. Participants can join for either 1 or 2 days (June 8th and June (9th). If you are interested in attending for the weekend, please register for both days.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 550 ft
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Meeting Time & Place will be given in the Hello Stewardship Participant Email. 
  • Volunteers who wish to camp over night will be camping in a primitive camping facility which may include a great view of Mt. St. Helens (weather permitting).
  • Volunteers will need to bring food & water, toiletries, sleeping bag & all  other personal items needed  if camping.
  • NOTE: additional information will be sent in participant email.

  • Directions:I5 South to Exit 63, turn Left and head east for 3 miles. *Slow down to 40 mph at Jackson Hwy, and then to *25 mph as you enter Toledo (*cops were out in force). Drive through Toledo, cross over Cowlitz River (cops sat in wait just past bridge to give unsuspecting speeders tickets). Cross over the Cowlitz River and proceed straight ahead, up the hill on HWY 505 (the Hwy is unmarked) for 12 miles to HWY 504.
  • At HWY 504, turn left on 504 and drive 28 miles to junction for Coldwater and Johnston Ridge. At the junction proceed straight to gate across hwy and proceed to the Coldwater Lake Science and Learning Center. Please plan to arrive by 8:00am. Stewardship welcome begins at 8:30am and tool safety talk begins at 8:45 am.

Additional rules for using the facilities at the Science and Learning Center:

  • Vehicles must be parked in designated areas. Quiet Hours are fromm10:00 pm – 7:00 am. All trash and recycling must be packed out by the group using the volunteer housing.
  • Groups will be primitive camping, plan accordingly. Pets are not allowed. The Science and Learning Center is a federal facility, and as such, the use of alcohol, cannabis (even if allowed by state laws), and illegal drugs are not allowed on site. Additionally, firearms are not allowed inside federal buildings and are not allowed on the grounds of the Science and Learning Center or in and around volunteer housing.

Mountaineers activities are run by volunteers who share their skills and love for wild places voluntarily – they are not professional guides. When you register for an activity you are responsible for choosing a trip within your capabilities, selecting suitable clothing, and carrying The Ten Essentials.

To see updated notes and instructions from your leader visit the My Activities section of your profile page.

When you sign up for an activity with us, you are agreeing to be appropriately prepared and you understand that the group stays together. The Mountaineers wants to ensure this is a fun and safe trip for all participants.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your participation, please visit your profile page or contact Member Services. If you need to cancel after registration has closed, please contact the leader directly.

Happy Adventuring!
The Mountaineers


participants will earn:

leaders will earn:


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

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Safety:   Please wear long sleeve clothing shirt/pants, sturdy boots. Please pack all food and water necessary for this activity.  Carry tick/bug repellant and sun/heat protection. Bring extra clothes & shoes to change into for after stewardship activity.
  • Hard hats, gloves, eye protection (can be your own sunglasses or outdoor work goggles/glasses).
  • NOTE: Tools, hardhats, work gloves, and eye protection are provided.
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