Lava Canyon Interpretive Site

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Discover more about Mount St. Helens eruptive past in this much more stark, higher-elevation setting. Stroll along a barrier-free trail and explore a mudflow-scoured canyon with views of a waterfall plunging over an ancient lava flow. Opportunities exist for more challenging hiking experiences with rewarding views. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/29/2014: Closed, snow
Fees $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Compost Toilet (1)
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters and Visitor Centers   See also:  South Side - SR 503, Forest Roads 83 & 90

General Information


From Woodland, WA take State Rout 503, becoming Forest Road 90, to the well-signed FR 83 junction. Lava Canyon is 11 miles east of the junction of Forest Roads 83 and 90.


This site and trail are barrier-free and offer anyone outstanding views.

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