Backpack - Vanson Lake Loop

Vanson Lake Loop

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  • Sat, Oct 1, 2011 — Sun, Oct 2, 2011
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking, Backpacking
  • Adults
6:00 AM
This is a one night backpack in the area north of Mt St Helens, trail mileage is approximately the same day 1 and day 2. Depending on time and conditions there may be the opportunity to explore the trail up towards Vanson Peak after getting to the lake.

*Approximate* Route

Trip #16 from Backpacking Washington: "This loop partially within the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument travels through a deep glacier-carved valley draped in spectacular old-growth forest and over a high ridge at the edge of t he 1980 blast zone that now bursts with wildflowers and views. Add a couple of placid high-country lakes, an old fire lookout site, and a resident elk herd and you have all the makings of a wonderful adventure"

Driving Directions (From Seattle)
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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