Ghost Lake

A lake within the blast zone of Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption. Observe the evolving ecosystem as you travel this sparsely hiked trail.


  • The bridge is washed out at 1.9 miles. You will need to wade across Clearwater Creek.
  • For more Mount St. Helen experience, consider combining this hike with Harmony Falls   (2.4 mile2, 650 feet), the only hike to Spirit Lake, and/or Windy Ridge Lookout  (3.0 mile, 600 feet) where you can look down into Mount St. Helens crater.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 5.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 640 ft
  • 4,000 ft
  • Green Trails Mount St Helens NVM No. 332S
  • Green Trails Spirit Lake No. 332

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