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Harry's Ridge

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point
74% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 326' 99 m
Descent: -159' -48 m
High: 4,741' 1,445 m
Low: 4,416' 1,346 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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A short dead-end trail offering excellent views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Spirit Lake, and glimpses of Mt. Hood.

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Features Geological Significance · Historical Significance · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

You need to check in at the Johnson Ridge Observatory and pay $8 a person for wrist bands. Bring park passes with you if you have one (don't leave it in the car).
There is zero shade along this route.

Description

In order to get to this trail you'll most likely park at the Johnston Ridge Observatory at the end of paved WA 504. Follow the Boundary Trail for a short distance to a clearly marked intersection. This would make a nice out-and-back run for those looking for an easy run with incredible views.

Harry's Ridge climbs up a clear open ridgeline, following more of a squiggle-route than switchbacks as the slope isn't super steep. It gets flatter as you progress while the views get better. After a short distance you'll be treated to an awesome view of Mount Adams over Spirit Lake. Look for the massive flotilla of logs knocked down by the 1980 blast on the lake far below. You'll also start getting glimpses of Mount Hood to the southeast of Saint Helens as you climb higher. Of course Saint Helens dominates this region! You can take the trail to the end or turn around when you're satisfied, but you'll have to retrace your steps to get back to whatever trailhead you started at.

Flora & Fauna

This is in the area devastated by Saint Helens and left to recover naturally. Thus, there are no trees from before 1980. The open landscape allows easier viewing of resident mountain goats and elk.

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Mt Adams and Spirit Lake from Harry’s Ridge
Dec 31, 2018 near Morton, WA

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