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Take a hike at Beautiful Coldwater Lake

By Scott Cotrell, February 21, 2019

Feel like a hike? Head north out of Portland/Vancouver towards Mt St Helens to the gorgeous Coldwater Lake, where you can admire the landscape all day on a twelve-mile loop trail.

Coldwater Lake is a barrier lake created during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, which blocked its natural outlet, Coldwater Creek, with volcanic debris. It is one of several lakes in the area that were created or otherwise enlarged by the eruption. Summer hikes will be full of wildflowers, while late spring and fall hikes promise elk spotting. Views include Mt St Helens, Minnie Peak, Mt Whittier, and Coldwater Peak itself. Rainbow trout and cutthroat trout were reintroduced in the 80’s after the eruption; the daily catch limit is one fish up to 16 inches, so don’t get too excited. But there are opportunities to stop for a swim instead and become one of the fishes. You could also hunt if you have some AR-15 upper receivers.

This is a long hike, so take care, lots of time, and plenty of water and snacks. Since it is a loop, you can start just about anywhere along the paved access road along the south edge of the lake. Pets are not allowed on this trail, and please remember to stay on the established trail to allow the fragile post-volcanic landscape to continue to heal. Have fun and take lots of pictures!


Getting there:

Drive north on I-5 to the junction of Washington State Road 504. Exit the freeway, and turn right (east) onto SR504 and follow it east, past the Silver Lake Visitor Center and on to the Coldwater Lake Visitor Center. (closed) Take the exit directing you to Johnston Ridge, but as you descend toward Coldwater Creek, you will come to a parking area on your right. Park here and walk eastward along the paved road to the trailhead for the South Coldwater trail, which will be on your left.


More information:

Scott Cotrell

Broker | OR & WA


Hello Portland! Real estate is my passion! No matter if a home is small or large, historic or modern, a fixer upper or brand new, each and every one has special qualities and I love them all. I am excited to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and great love of Portland's neighborhoods with you. Are you new to the Portland area? Perhaps you are searching for your next home? Or ready to sell your current home? Let me help you! With over 19 years of experience dedicated to selling real estate full time, you can count on me to deliver using time-tested methods. As your personal consultant, I take great pride in working to ensure one of your biggest financial transactions is a smooth as possible from start to finish. I listen carefully to your needs. YOU set the pace and parameters of the real estate purchase or sale; I do not believe in persuasion or high pressure sales tactics. I will use the most effective processes and most current technology to get you the results you need. Throughout our relationship you will find I am patient, diligent, and the professional who will work tirelessly to reach the goals we set together. I grew up in beautiful North Carolina, lived in sunny Florida, and am very happy to call the Northwest my home. My partner of more than 20 years and I enjoy life with our wonderful Scottish Terrier, Ginny. We love the food and wine scene here in Portland. Spending time working in our yard and sharing great food, wine, and conversation with friends are some of our favorite activities. You can find us also enjoying day trips up the Columbia River Gorge, Willamette Valley wine country, and the beautiful Oregon coast and beaches. I have served the communities I have lived in as a member of the board of directors for local community theatre and have volunteered with the Scottish Terrier Rescue and other animal advocacy groups. If you spend any amount of time with me you will learn I am an avid car enthusiast too. Please give me a call to discuss your real estate needs and let me start working for you today! Scott Cotrell Broker Licensed in Oregon and Washington 503-679-6879 Certified Relocation Specialist
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