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.

information FOR LEADERS

scheduling

 Please use the South Coldwater Ridge route/place to schedule a loop trip around Coldwater Lake on the South Coldwater Ridge and Lakes Trails. 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
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Coldwater Lake

Day Hiking Trip
PREFERENCE TO OLYMPIA BRANCH CONDITIONING HIKING SERIES PARTICIPANTS. Trip may open to general membership at
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Aug 1, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Jul 27
Olympia Branch

Day Hike - Coldwater Lake

Day Hiking Trip
Experience the impact of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens along the shore of
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration opens Jul 26
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Coldwater Lake

Day Hiking Trip
Experience the impact of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens with a pleasant hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Tue, Aug 17, 2021
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Aug 2
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Coldwater Lake

Photography & Day Hiking Trip
Birthday hike, please join me.
Difficulty: Moderate
Thu, Aug 14, 2025
No Prerequisites
12 participants
Canceled
Seattle Branch
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