Lava Canyon


Day Hike - Lava Canyon

Ape Canyon/Lava Canyon

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  • Moderate/Strenuous, Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,900 ft

5:00 AM at Ash Way P&R - southwest section

Ape Canyon - Hike alongside the massive mudflow that swept the Muddy River to a viewpoint that overlooks the lahar basin and the volcano. Further up the trail is a ridgetop that looks down into Ape Canyon and up onto East Dome on the flank of Mount St. Helens. Lava Canyon - The hike starts with the Interpretive Trail. The trail offers a different experience from other trails. We will hike through some metal stairs, a springy suspension bridge and a long ladder that leads down to the gorge floor. There is a small side trail leads to a tall fin of lava and a series of small waterfalls.


Lava Canyon

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