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    Lava Canyon Loop Trail

    Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington
    Distance0.3mi
    Elevation Gain273ft
    Trailhead Elevation2,714ft
    Top2,714ft
    Elevation Min/Max2556/2714ft
    Elevation Start/End2714/2714ft

    Lava Canyon Loop Trail

    Lava Canyon Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 2,714 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 273 feet. Near the end of the trail is a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Lava Canyon Trail 184.
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    Susan Elderkin
    "Hike through a steep-walled slickrock canyon that was scoured clear by a massive lahar during Mount St. Helens’ eruption in 1980. The river serpentines like a whitewater theme park ride, tumbling over waterfalls on its path down the Muddy River. The water pools invitingly, but this is no theme park ride. The hike begins on a barrier-free, but steep, paved trail that leads to an overlook of Lava Falls. As you walk, imagine the scene in May 1980 when 30 feet of ice from Mount St. Helens’ Shoestring Glacier, combined with ash, rock, and pumice, raced down this canyon, consuming trees and vegetation in a 15foot wave of muck." Read more

    Trail Information

    Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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    Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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    Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington

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    Kid-friendly
    Accessibility
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    Views, Waterfalls
    Features
    Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
    Local Contacts
    Green Trails, Mount St. Helens No. 332S
    Local Maps

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