- Easy (to Windy Ridge Viewpoint)
- 0.2 mile round trip
- 200 feet elevation gain
- Open late June through October
- Moderate (to Loowit Falls)
- 9.2 miles round trip
- 900 feet elevation gain
- Difficult (to Plains of Abraham)
- 11.4-mile loop
- 1400 feet elevation gain
For a close look into the mouth of Mt. St. Helens’ steaming crater, start at the Windy Ridge parking area. A staircase climbs 200 feet to a popular viewpoint, but longer trails lead right up to the crater’s outlet—a badlands chasm below 200-foot Loowit Falls. A trail planned for 2015 will climb to an even closer viewpoint above Loowit Falls. Hikers are not allowed to explore off trail.
To find the trailhead, drive Interstate …
This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.