South Coldwater Ridge

Hike to the up Coldwater Ridge where there are views of a volcanic landscape. It's 6.8 miles round trip with 1,525 feet of elevation gain to the Coldwater Peak Trail junction. For more mileage, continue on to the Coldwater Lake Trail or the Coldwater Peak Saddle.

getting there

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

on the trail

Hike the South Coldwater Ridge Trail  until you reach the junction for Coldwater Peak (right) and the Lakes Trail (left). It's 6.8 miles round trip with 1,525 feet of elevation gain.

Extend Your Trip

  • South Coldwater Ridge & Lakes Trail 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. Note for Leaders: This loop can be hiked either direction, however make sure to take a look at the Coldwater Lake  route/place for other groups hiking the Lakes Trail. It is okay to hike this loop as long as you coordinate with other leaders hiking the Lakes Trail, making sure to start at different trailheads so you may only momentarily pass each other on trail.
  • Coldwater Ridge to Coldwater Peak Saddle: Take the right fork and continue on to the Coldwater Peak Saddle. It's 11.8 miles round trip with 2,825 feet of elevation gain.

information for leaders

scheduling

  • Please use the Coldwater Lake route/place for scheduling an out-and-back trip on the Lakes Trail. It's 9 miles round trip with 550 feet of elevation gain.
  • The South Coldwater Ridge & Lakes Trail Loop can be hiked either direction, however make sure to take a look at the Coldwater Lake  route/place for other groups hiking the Lakes Trail. It is okay to hike this loop as long as you coordinate with other leaders hiking the Lakes Trail, making sure to start at different trailheads so you may only momentarily pass each other on trail.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 6.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,525 ft
  • 3,950 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Spirit Lake No. 332
  • Green Trails Mount St Helens NVM No. 332S
  • Trails Illustrated Mt Saint. Helens/Mount Adams
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  • Coldwater Lake Loop
  • South Coldwater Ridge & Lakes Trail Loop
  • Lakes Trail & South Coldwater Ridge Loop
  • Coldwater Ridge to Coldwater Peak Saddle
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