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Chocolate Falls (Mount St. Helens)

  • Mon, Feb 15, 2016
  • Chocolate Falls (Mount St. Helens)
  • Snowshoeing

Trip date: 02/13/2016. A very nice showshoe trip to just above Chocolate Falls at 3800'. The day started drizzly at the snopark, turned to snow at the Falls, then increasing rain on the way back, and finally heavy rain by the time we got back to Marble Mtn snopark.
Pretty good snowshoeing conditions. Lots of tree debris under the trees and soft above treeline. We looped over to June Lake and crossed a large lava field. Lots of holes beginning to form there, so travel with caution; that stretch would be hazardous without snowshoes.
June Lake is a great destination. It is very pretty with a high waterfall across the lake. Looped back to Marble Mtn. snowpark with nice stream views along the way. Rd. 83 is used by snowmobilers, but the road is washed out part way back. To get around it we bushwacked a short distance, then walked through shallow water for several yards back to snow. According to the map there is a trail north of the road, but is apparently not marked or used.
All in all, a great day out in spite of the rain.

 

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Nancy Lloyd
Nancy Lloyd says:
Mon, May 23, 2016 11:46 AM

<p>Trip date: 02/13/2016. A very nice showshoe trip to just above Chocolate Falls at 3800'. The day started drizzly at the snopark, turned to snow at the Falls, then increasing rain on the way back, and finally heavy rain by the time we got back to Marble Mtn snopark. <br />Pretty good snowshoeing conditions. Lots of tree debris under the trees and soft above treeline. We looped over to June Lake and crossed a large lava field. Lots of holes beginning to form there, so travel with caution; that stretch would be hazardous without snowshoes. <br />June Lake is a great destination. It is very pretty with a high waterfall across the lake. Looped back to Marble Mtn. snowpark with nice stream views along the way. Rd. 83 is used by snowmobilers, but the road is washed out part way back. To get around it we bushwacked a short distance, then walked through shallow water for several yards back to snow. According to the map there is a trail north of the road, but is apparently not marked or used. <br />All in all, a great day out in spite of the rain.</p>