This nearby, short-distance trek rewards early and often, starting with a close-up of Mount St. Helens perched above the eerily tranquil, log-choked Spirit Lake, at mile two. This swath of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest was decimated in 1980 when St. Helens erupted, effectively clearing out all life in the blast radius—but this route offers an unrivaled tour of the area’s regrowth. The ashy, shrub- and sapling-studded landscape traverses ridgelines and saddles, with 360-degree views of nearby Mounts Adams, Hood, Jefferson, and Rainier, with St. Helens providing a constant companion and southerly bearing.
DIRECTIONS: From State Highway 12 in Randle, take Hwy 131S south for 2.8 miles to FR 25. Continue on FR 25 for another 24.3 miles to the junction with FR 99. Turn right onto FR 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 9.2 miles to FR 26 and turn right. The Norway Pass Trailhead will be .09 miles on your left on FR 26.
From Cougar, take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to FR 90. Continue on FR 90 for 16 miles and stay to the left on FR 25, pass the Pine Creek Information Center. Drive FR 25 for 25 miles to the junction of FR 99. Turn left onto FR 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 9.2 miles to FR 26 and turn right. The Norway Pass Trailhead will be .09 miles on your left on FR 26. NW Forest Pass required.