Lava Canyon

A moderate hike through a canyon formed by a lava flow on the southeast corner of Mount St. Helens. You'll cross a suspension bridge and climb a ladder to a viewpoint to see thunderous cascading waterfalls.

on the trail

The hike starts with the Interpretive Trail and offers a different experience from other trails. 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.


  • The trail may not be suitable for children or adults who are concerned about heights.
  • The trail is slippery when wet.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Moderate
  • Length: 3.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,085 ft
  • 2,840 ft
  • Green Trails Mt St Helens No. 364
  • Green Trails Mount St Helens NVM No. 332S
  • Red Marker
    46.165951, -122.088271
    46.1659506141 -122.088270787
  • Red Marker
    46.180610, -122.071710
    46.1806099116 -122.071709633

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Lava Canyon

Day Hiking Trip
Experience a day of adventure near Mount St. Helens! Explore the Lava Canyon trail and
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Moderate
Sat, Jun 16, 2018
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration opens May 1
Foothills Branch
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