June Lake Trail 216B

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

Distance1.5mi
Elevation Gain889ft
Trailhead Elevation2,728ft
Top3,408ft
Elevation Min/Max2728/3408ft
Elevation Start/End2728/2728ft

June Lake Trail 216B

June Lake Trail #216B is a hiking and biking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 2,728 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 889 feet. The June Lake Trailhead attraction and the June Lake Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Pica Trail #244D and Loowit Trail.

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Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen
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"An easy and popular hike perfect for family picnicking, the lake isn’t much, but the setting is peaceful and geologically intriguing. Formed by an old mudflow, June Lake is fed by a 70-foot waterfall tumbling off basalt cliffs from an old lava flow." Read more
Snowshoe Routes: Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Exploring the June Lake Trail on snowshoes, with the deep old forest, wide lake basin, and crashing waterfall all swaddled in a blanket of white, is the only way to enjoy the truly wild nature of the area. The trail is a gentle path through the woods, and snowshoers of all ages and abilities will appreciate and enjoy the remarkable beauty of the route." Read more
Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"This scenic trail climbs gently to the shore of June Lake, a small, shallow pool near the timberline on the southern flank of Mount St. Helens. The surrounding wildflowers are examples of the resiliency of nature, the meadows are once again lush and green, and the lake seems to host a healthy population of frogs and salamanders. The south bank of the lake is a gorgeous tapered beach of gray sand. While the cinder cone summit is hidden behind a ridge, there are good views of the south end of the Worm Flows, an interesting network of mud and lava flows." Read more

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7/13/2018
A mellow, moderate, and short hike to a pretty subalpine lake and a picturesque waterfall! There are thrilling glimpses of Mount St Helens. Great place to take dogs and kids.
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7/3/2010
I did this hike with my wife and two 9 year old boys. It is a nice easy hike and the lake makes for a great spot to enjoy lunch. The views of Mt. St. Helens from the trail are amazing. The lake itself is very small but nice. The boys enjoyed chasing frogs. It was a good day.
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6/18/2010
Trail is dry underfoot. Cool, easy walk to lakeside. Look for tracks in sand...both elk and cougar. More than the usual amount of debri left by campers...sad.
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5/16/2010
We found this after visiting Ape Cave. Pleasant hike. Easy to follow trail. Waterfall into the lake is very pretty. More trash on this trail and trailhead than most. Next hike I may bring a trash bag.
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4/7/2007
June Lake is an easy to follow trail with minimal elevation gain. It was very enjoyable despite the fact we were followed by a string of showers escalating in a downpour on our way back and had no view of Mt. St. Helens whatsoever. The same mist that covered all the views created a magic atmosphere as the trail led us to a small lake fed by few waterfalls. We caught the very end of the snow season and encountered spots where we had to take our snowshoes off to cross a dirt field of grass patch.
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1/1/2007
The road was closed, and even dramatically washed out just before the entrance to the June Lake trailhead, but you can easily park at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park to get there. There is a temporary bridge spanning the creek that washed out the road, so you can still easily cross it. The trail itself was in good shape, and we had about 6-9 inches of snow to walk on. Our snowshoes came in handy. It was beautiful at the lake, even though it started snowing while we were there. The road getting there was basically clear all the way to the parking area. All in all, it was a great day to spend the first day of 2007!
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2/13/2006
This was an excellent day trip on snowshoes and was well worth the $9 to park at the Snow Park. Stop in Cougar for your permit (any gas station will do) then drive the remaining few miles to Marble Mountain Snow Park. The trails are really well marked and maps are available in the parking lot. There is also a unusually clean composting toilet and a large warming cabin with lots of picnic tables a a big wood stove. Unfortunately, snowmobilers will likely fill most of the parking lot with their trucks and trailers and their incessant buzzing will plague the first mile or so of the trail, but after that this "non-motorized" trail grows quiet and peaceful and the views get better and better. This can be a nice out-and-back (probably the easier option for skiers) or a loop that will take you by a waterfall and small lake. However, returning to the trailhead from this point seemed to be over rougher terrain that might prove difficult on skis; we only saw snowshoers here. We had an especially warm day with the only cloud in the sky being a whisp of steam from the mountain. If you're fit, you can do this trail really fast. We were up for about four hours and stopped many times to play in the snow, take pictures, and slide down slopes.
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9/19/2004
This is a great hike for kids! I took my 4-year old with my 9-month old on my back. The climb up to June Lake is very doable (only 1 "my legs are tired" moment). The lake itself is small and not really a swimming hole, but with the waterfall and lush surroundings it was very pretty. Even better, it was great for rock throwing. The real magic of this climb is the lava field. We scaled our way up the boulders about 40-50 feet and had a great view. For me (as the Dad), the best part was watching my son figure out how to handle the clibming. It was a real confidence builder for him. We're heading back there tomorrow.
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11/10/2002
I really like this trail because it gives beginning hikers the opportunity to see the variety of beauty in the Northwest's outdoors, experience slightly varying terrain, and view one of the most lovely waterfalls in Washington. The Cougar area of Washington State offers many day hike trails ranging from this quick and easy example to marathon thirty-mile hikes like the Loowit Trail, which actually adjoins to the June Lake Trail. A recent law passed in Washington requires that hikers and climbers purchase a day use pass costing around $5. This can be procured in the gift shop at Jack's Restaurant, which is a large blue building located on the right side of SR503 just as you are entering Cougar. Once you reach the trailhead and begin the hike, you will be walking through a lot of ash on the ground from the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. There is some mild uphill hiking that quickly turns downhill. The ground off the trail is lush and green with blue spruce and mosses. Nearing the end of the trail, you will come into a clearing. On the left is an expanse of volcanic rock, ahead of you is forest and the trail that joins up to the Loowit Trail, and on the right is June Lake. I remember this as being on of the most wonderful sights I had ever seen. To get the full effect I recommend goning in late spring or summer. There is a small waterfall that cascades into a lake covered by flowering tree blossoms, vibrant green algae, and blooming lilly pads. The sun setting casts a rosy glow on the hills and water that makes the experience magical. If you can walk, you can do this hike. Although hikers may see people camping, there is officially no camping allowed and the reason people can get away with it is because the trail is not frequently checked by the Parks or Forest Service. This trail is very good if one is looking for a short mountain bike ride.
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Trail Information

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
Nearby City
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mt St. Helens 332S
Local Maps

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Dec 2018