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Backpack - June Lake

Enjoy a short easy backpack on the south side of Mt. St. Helens to picturesque June Lake, where we set up our camp before day hiking on a section of the nearby Loowit Trail that surrounds the mountain, seeing spectacular remains of ancient volcanic activity and nice views of the mountain. A tall waterfall feeding June Lake adds a nice touch to our campsite scene.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 415 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,140 ft
  • Pace: 2.0

Meet at 11 AM Saturday at the Lone Fir Cafe in Cougar, on the left side of SR 530, reached by heading south on I-5, turning east in Woodland onto SR 530 and continuing  to Cougar. 

From the Lone Fir Cafe, we will caravan for about a half hour to the June Lake trailhead by heading east on SR 530, which soon becomes FR 90.  Turn left at FR 83 and continue to the June Lake trailhead on the left.  We'll then hike north on Trail 216B to June Lake.  After setting up camp, we'll day hike for about two hours RT onto and on the Loowit Trail, heading north to Fire Creek and back, with about 800 feet gain in 2.5 miles.

After a camp dinner, we'll have smores around a campfire if campfires are permitted.  We will hike out after breakfast on Sunday and will have the option to stop for a tour of Lower Ape Cave during the drive home, if there is interest in doing so.  Cars parked at the trailhead must display the Northwest Forest Pass or National Park Pass.  

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June Lake



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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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