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Boundary Trail #1



53.9 mile 86.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 10,797' 3,291 m
Descent: -8,395' -2,559 m
High: 5,662' 1,726 m
Low: 2,515' 767 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 60% (31°)


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A historic long distance trail that provides many challenges with amazing views.

Leslie Kehmeier

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife


Boundary Trail is a very challenging long distance route beginning off of the Spirit Lake Highway in the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and ending at Council Lake

Along its length, the trail has fantastic views of St. Helens, Rainier, Adams with a few glimpses of Mt Hood. During the Ice Age, the area was heavily glaciated, evident by the knife-edge ridges and cirque basins seen from the route.

Due to its length and technical challenge, Boundary is often done as an out-and-back along portions of the trail or by shuttling to the end of the trail. There are significant climbs and descents throughout the route.

From Elk Pass to Badger Peak, there is a long, steady climb. From there to the south ridge below Craggy Peak, the route follows a more mellow grade to the east side of Hat Rock. The segments from Langille Ridge to the eastern end are a series of very steep climbs and descents through creek drainages, accessing Juniper Ridge Trail #261 and Dark Meadow Trail #263. Throughout the hike you'll have expansive views of the South Cascades in a very remote setting.

Be aware that from Bear Meadows until Council Lake the trail is shared with horses, motorcycles, and bicycles.

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Sep 16, 2019
Jessica Thompson
boundary trail to ghost lake and then parking lot to Norway pass
Jul 27, 2019
Laura Smith
Sep 5, 2018
Joe Bussiere
From Johnston Ridge Observatory to Base of Harry’s Ridge Trail and back 6mi
Aug 17, 2018
Savannah Sanford
Jun 24, 2018
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Mount Saint Helens from the Coldwater Peak ridge
Oct 16, 2019 near Morton, WA
A flotilla of logs on Spirit Lake, Harry's Ridge, and Mount Saint Helens
Oct 16, 2019 near Morton, WA
Approaching the rock archway the trail passes through
Oct 16, 2019 near Morton, WA
Three mountain goats give scale to Mount Saint Helens (white dots, lower right)
Oct 16, 2019 near Morton, WA
Memorial on Eruption Trail for those who died during the 1980 eruption.
Jun 12, 2019 near Morton, WA
Mount St Helens, Washington, USA
Aug 10, 2017 near Morton, WA


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