Trail of Two Forests

Randle, Washington

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Nature trails are usually a bore for young children. But someone, 1900 years ago, must have had kids in mind when a lava flow from Mount St. Helens covered a forest and created an 80-foot tunnel just big enough for kids between the ages of five and fifty to crawl through. The Trail of Two Forests winds through an existing forest to lava casts of one that stood here 1900 years ago, so children can easily see the reason for the name of this trail.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Nature trails are usually a bore for young children. But someone, 1900 years ago, must have had kids in mind when a lava flow from Mount St. Helens covered a forest and created an 80-foot tunnel just big enough for kids between the ages of five and fifty to crawl through.

The Trail of Two Forests winds through an existing forest to lava casts of one that stood here 1900 years ago, so children can easily see the reason for the name of this trail.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,820 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Local Contacts: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 364 Mount St. Helens; USGS Mt. St. Helens; USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument handout
Driving Directions: Directions to Trail of Two Forests

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