Lava Canyon Interpretive Site
Discover more about Mount St. Helens eruptive past in this much more stark, higher-elevation setting. Access Lava Canyon Trail #184 at this site. Travel along the trail and explore a mudflow-scoured canyon with views of a waterfall plunging over an ancient lava flow. Continue on the Lava Canyon Trail for more challenging hiking experiences with rewarding views.
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At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||06/26/2023: The Lava Canyon Interpretive Site is open for the season. Both the upper and lower trails are open. Use caution and stay back from ledges. The Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge will remain closed for the 2023 season.|
|Fees:||$5/vehicle/day or valid Recreation Pass. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites. Fee tube available at the site for cash or check payments.|
|Closest Towns:||Cougar, WA|
|Restroom:||Compost Toilet (1)|
|Passes:||America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Pass accepted.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
From Woodland, WA take State Route 503/Forest Road 90 east to the well-signed Forest Road 83 junction. Turn left on Forest Road 83 for 11 miles and follow to the end of Forest Road 83 at Lava Canyon Trailhead and Intepretive Site.
This site and trail are accessible and offer outstanding views.
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