backpack: Lower Lewis River

Distance to campsite: 2.6 miles, Bolt Camp
Distance including day hike: 9.2
Elevation gain: 200 ft.

Backpacking in to the Bold Camp Shelter campsite, located next to the Lower Lewis River. This was my second backpacking trip, so we chose an easy destination. This is west of the Lewis River waterfalls, and while the trail does connect to that area, we did not hike to it since it would have meant crossing the highway and entering an area with crowds. Be aware that mountain bikers also use this trail, so keep an eye out for them and move off trail to let them pass.

Lower Lewis River

Lower Lewis River Trailhead

Lower Lewis River

cathedral forest

Lower Lewis River

hiking in

Lower Lewis River

sunny forest

Lower Lewis River

Lower Lewis River

Lower Lewis River

view from the trail

Lower Lewis River

easy rolling trail

Lower Lewis River

lush forest

Lower Lewis River

our campsite

Lower Lewis River

riverside beach at the campsite

Lower Lewis River

bend in the river

Lower Lewis River

cut out for mountain bikers

Lower Lewis River

clear water

Lower Lewis River

trail beside the river

Lower Lewis River

green pools

Lower Lewis River

view from my tent

Lower Lewis River

hiking out

Lower Lewis River

on the bridge at the trailhead

Lower Lewis River

obligatory stop at Mount St. Helens pullout

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