Description

This hike’s a blast—literally. Navigate pumice fields and matchstick forests in the heart of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 blast zone. Despite taking a direct hit from the volcano, which leveled trees for 230 square miles and blanketed the landscape in ash, this area is no barren wasteland. Nature has been busy recolonizing. Avalanche lilies are prolific, and the hills are alive with furry fury—from ground squirrels to elk. This harsh topography is awe-­inspiring, especially when viewed from Norway Pass at 4,500 feet, where you can see the mount’s crater and dome reflected in Spirit Lake below.
Insider Tip Shade is nonexistent. Slather on the sunscreen.
Distance from ­Downtown 140 miles
Permits and Passes Northwest Forest Pass
Map Green Trails no. 332 Spirit Lake

Activity
Hike
Difficulty
Moderate
Distance
4.5 Miles
Location