September 14, 2013

June Lake

Distance: 4 miles
Elevation Gain: 750 ft.
Location: Mount St. Helens National Monument, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

This hike begins along a creek with views of the south side Mount St Helens and climbs gently to June Lake. A waterfall along the edge of the shallow lake begins as a spring just above the edge of a lava field. Next to June Lake is a wide meadow area that was an area of mud flows when Mount St Helens erupted in May 1980. Otherwise, the area was relatively untouched by the eruption. After leaving June Lake, the trail switchbacks up to connect with the Loowit Trail (see the Native American myth that gave Mount St Helens the name “Loowit”). From here, you can head in either direction through lava fields. This trail circumnavigates all the way around Mount St Helens. We headed to the right at the junction for about 1/2 mile into the lava formations known as the worm flows before heading back the same way.

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