Big Lava Bed Trail

Stabler, Washington

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The Big Lava Bed is the home of an old lava flow—magma oozed out of fissures and cracks in the heart of the Lava Bed (as well as along the lower flanks of Mount Adams, in the southern Indian Heaven area, and of course, around Mount St. Helens). The flows began some 9000 years ago and, as Mount St. Helens showed, volcanic activity in the area is still occurring. The Big Lava Bed is a volcanic formation, but it’s not the classic conical volcano. Rather, it is a 20-square- mile flow of basalt that flowed out of a source vent found in the north-central part of the bed, just south of Goose Lake.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The Big Lava Bed is the home of an old lava flow—magma oozed out of fissures and cracks in the heart of the Lava Bed (as well as along the lower flanks of Mount Adams, in the southern Indian Heaven area, and of course, around Mount St. Helens). The flows began some 9000 years ago and, as Mount St. Helens showed, volcanic activity in the area is still occurring.

The Big Lava Bed is a volcanic formation, but it’s not the classic conical volcano. Rather, it is a 20-square- mile flow of basalt that flowed out of a source vent found in the north-central part of the bed, just south of Goose Lake.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stabler
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,000 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 397 Wind River
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Lava Bed Trail

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