Ryan Lake Loop

Randle, Washington 98377

Ryan Lake Loop

Ryan Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The “Red Zone”—a 10-mile wide circle drawn around Mount St. Helens in the months preceding the 1980 eruption that was supposed to be the danger area—did not extend as far as Ryan Lake. There were three campers here when the mountain blew; all three died in the hot gases and ash cloud that reached the lake shortly after 8:30 a.m. on May 18, 1980. The Ryan Lake Loop Trail leaves from the south side of the parking area. You wind and switchback up through the young forest for 150 yards.

The path then turns west, leaving the young trees for a slope covered with silver snags and blown-down timber. Paintbrush line the trail as you pass beneath some fallen logs. Hike through a few more small trees and reach the rounded ridgeline. Between the snags, Ryan Lake sparkles below. The route returns to the parking area 0.6 mile after leaving it. You may want to walk down to the shore of Ryan Lake from the parking area. At present there are no fish in Ryan Lake."

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done the whole area 50 times short loop but the off trail is awsome,tons of elk

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best spring thru fall
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Spirit Lake E
Local Maps

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Jul 2018