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Loowit #216: Windy - Castle Ridge

Intermediate
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An awesome trail that gives you a peek into the destructive power of a volcanic eruption.


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Map Key

6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

90%

Runnable

4,390' 1,338 m

High

3,727' 1,136 m

Low

823' 251 m

Up

1,189' 362 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

Water is scarce along this route. Trail is often difficult to locate, especially in inclement weather.

Description

This portion of the Loowit Trail starts at an intersection with Windy Trail #216E and terminates at the intersection with Castle Ridge Trail #216G. Run into the real center of the blast region on this segment of trail. You'll get to see how a pyroclastic flow, a debris avalanche, and a mudflow transformed the features of the area forever.

You'll also have views of Loowit Falls and the dome and crater of Mount St. Helens.
This intermittently maintained trail traverses the pumice plain and broken terrain in front of Mount St. Helens. The trail is subject to washouts. The route is marked by wooden posts and rock cairns.

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Shared By:

Brian Smith

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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hiking the 'blast area'
Nov 6, 2019 near Morton, WA
View down toward Spirit Lake
Jul 10, 2020 near Morton, WA
Flowers lining the trail
Jul 10, 2020 near Morton, WA
Volcanic landscape
Jul 10, 2020 near Morton, WA
Beautiful meadow of flowers.
Jul 10, 2020 near Morton, WA
Oasis from an underground spring
Jul 10, 2020 near Morton, WA

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