Trail #210 Meta Lake

Area Status: Unreachable

Starting at Meta Lake Interpretive Center travel this short 0.3 mile interpretive trail and discover how life survived in the blast zone. The forest you see today survived the 1980 eruption, buried under a blanket of snow.

To protect fragile lakeshore habitat, please stay on the trail and lakeshore-viewing platform.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Forest Road 99 gated just past Wakepish Sno-Park for the winter.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Meta Lake Interpretive Site. (On-site payment not available)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

General Information


From Cougar, WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on Forest Road 90 for 16 miles and stay to the left on Forest Road 25, pass the Pine Creek Information Center. Drive Forest Road 25 for 25 miles to the junction of Forest Road 99. Turn left onto Forest Road 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 9.4 miles to Meta Lake Interpretive Site.

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  Area/Length : 
0.3 miles

  Elevation : 
3620' - 3640'


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