On this day hike to June Lake on the south side of Mount St. Helens, we planned to do a short loop on the Loowit Trail to Chocolate Falls and back to the lake. I didn’t know I’d end up scrambling on lava rock without a trail for over 1.5 miles.
Located in the Mount Washington Wilderness in Central Oregon, Tenas Lakes are a group of subalpine lakes with rocky shorelines and blue-green water. We spent four days relaxing, swimming, and doing short exploration hikes in the area.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, and in normal times, this area would be crowded with hikers on the trails and busloads of tourists at the visitors centers.