Meta Lake Trail

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain26ft
Trailhead Elevation3,631ft
Elevation Min/Max3631/3640ft
Elevation Start/End3631/3631ft

Meta Lake Trail

Meta Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 3,631 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 26 feet. The Meta Lake Trailhead parking is near the trailhead.

Meta Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Take a few minutes to check out the Miners Car Exhibit and imagine what it must have been like to have been here on May 18, 1980 when the volcano blew.

The tread winds its way through the small fir trees and fireweed from the parking area to the lake. Along the way, stop and read the interpretive sign about “Survivors”, explaining how frogs and brook trout survived the blast and ash under a covering of snow and ice."

"Take the short walk from Miners Car Exhibit through the blown-down forest of the Blast Zone as you stroll to Meta Lake, soaking in the proof of nature’s tremendous survival and rejuvenating capabilities."

"Walk a paved path to an observation deck at the edge of little Meta Lake. Learn how certain life forms survived the 1980 eruption and how this small body of water helped the regeneration of life within the blast zone.

Then walk another paved path to a different outcome—a demolished car belonging to three people who perished from the forces of Mount St. Helens."

"The Meta Lake Trail celebrates life that miraculously escaped devastation during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. This broad, paved trail weaves through a lush forest of alpine and noble firs; these trees survived the fiery blast because of their youth and diminutive size.

The early-spring eruption leveled tall, mature trees in the area, but, because there was still more than 10 feet of snow on the ground at the time of the blast, the younger, smaller trees along this trail were shielded by a deep snow blanket."

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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mt St. Helens 332S
Green Trails No. 332 Spirit Lake
USGS Spirit Lake E
USGS Spirit Lake East
Local Maps

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Nov 2018