Coldwater Lake

Hike the Lakes Trail that skirts Coldwater Lake and then up a hill to a viewpoint and junction with the South Coldwater Ridge Trail. Consider hiking the Lakes Trail & South Coldwater Ridge Loop for a little more mileage and elevation gain.

getting there

Take Exit 40 off of I-5 and drive SR 504, Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, to the Coldwater Lake Trailhead. 

on the trail

lakes trail

Hike the Lakes Trail  until you reach its junction with the Coldwater Ridge Trail. It's 9 miles round trip with 550 feet of elevation gain.

lakes trail & south coldwater ridge loop

The trailheads for the Lakes Trail and South Coldwater Ridge Trail are about 1.5 miles apart, so unless you want to walk the road, it is best to leave a car at each trailhead. It's a 10-mile loop with ~1,650  feet of elevation gain if you leave a car at each trailhead.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 550 ft
  • 2,625 ft
Map
  • 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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  • Lakes Trail & South Coldwater Ridge Loop
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