Blue Lake Loop via Toutle Trail
1 review Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument #5 hike out of 75 in
7 hrs 40 min
This is a difficult loop trail in Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument.
This trail goes by Blue Lake.
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A hike in the Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument: from the Blue Lake trailhead at the end of Forest Road 8123, across Coldspring Creek on logs, up on the west side of the Coldspring Creek canyon on the Toutle River Trail, across the bridge over Sheep Canyon Creek, down to check out 100-foot Sheep Canyon Falls, then to the canyon gouged by the South Fork of the Toutle River during the 1980 eruption of the mountain. Then up Crescent Ridge alongside the Toutle River on the Loowit trail with views of Mt. Ranier, through alpine meadows below the mountain's western glaciers, across the head of Sheep Creek canyon, then down the Sheep Canyon trail to return. It was an 80-degree mid-July day with cool breezes blowing down off the mountain and rich forest smells. Wildflowers were in bloom everywhere: queen's cup, bunchberry, inside-out flower, vanilla leaf, paintbrush, twinflower, tiger lily, columbine, beargrass, goat's beard, penstemon, phlox, bunchberry, bugbane, lupine, corydalis, and more.