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. It's 6.8 miles roufn trip with 1,525 feet of elevation gain.

Extend Your Trip

  • Option 1 - Take the left fork and continue on to the Coldwater Lake Trail It's 10.8 miles round trip with 2,725 feet of elevation gain.
  • Option 2 - 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.


  • See the Coldwater Lake route/place for the Lakes Trail & South Coldwater Ridge Loop.
  • 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
  • Green Trails Spirit Lake No. 332
  • Green Trails Mount St Helens NVM No. 332S
  • Trails Illustrated Mt Saint. Helens/Mount Adams

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - South Coldwater Ridge

Day Hiking Trip
Experience the impact of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens by hiking through the
Sat, Sep 22, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration closes Sep 20
Tacoma Branch
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