Lava Canyon Trail

Harmony Falls Landing, Washington 98385

Lava Canyon Trail

Lava Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This hike begins with the wide, paved Lava Canyon Interpretive Trail, which leads to a viewing platform overlooking a stunning canyon—a deep, jagged cut through a thick layer of ancient lava. From the viewing area, the trail loops down to the canyon rim in a long series of steep (for wheelchair users) switchback turns offering excellent views.

The Muddy River cuts through the heart of this basalt canyon, which was scoured clean by the rushing mudflows during the 1980 eruption. The main Lava Canyon Trail continues east along the wild gorge of the Muddy River. You won’t find grand vistas or sweeping panoramas here. You will find a remarkable lesson in geological change—this valley was carved in part by a massive lahar, or volcano-induced mudflow of massive proportions."

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Trail Information

Harmony Falls Landing
Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
1,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Late May-November
1,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,800 feet
Top Elevation
USFS Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 364 Mount St. Helens
Local Maps

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Jul 2018