Kalama Snow is a hiking trail in Cowlitz County and Skamania County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 3,179 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,010 feet.
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"A popular ski trail that sees some horse use, the Kalama Ski Trail is used as an access trail or combined with other trails to make loops. The trail is almost always in the woods and atop lahar deposits. Most of the Kalama Ski Trail runs atop lahar deposits of varying ages, which were laid down during historic eruptions of Mount St. Helens. Note the spacing, type, and size of the trees as you hike and see if you can tell the relative age of the particular deposit you that are crossing. Recent deposits feature few trees, and those that exist are widely spaced. They may also show scars of the lahar. When the deposit has aged a century or so, lodgepole pine usually becomes the dominant species, although the trees will not be very large. After several centuries the soil will have gained enough organic matter to support a mature forest of Douglas and true firs, and finally the shade-tolerant hemlock will join in to create a climax forest."
--Fred Barstad, A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens (Falcon Guides).
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