Trail #222 Ryan Lake

Area Status: Closed

Trail is in the process of decomission and is not a viable trail at this time.

This 0.6 mile is accessed from Ryan Lake Interpretive Site (area is unavailable). The interpretive loop climbs initially, offering views of Ryan Lake. The trail loops around the ridge, giving hikers views of the Green River Valley and Mt. Margaret Backcountry.

Interpretive signs help explain the 1980 eruption and the salvage logging operation that followed, etching its own story into the landscape. Access: Ryan Lake is 12 air-miles from Mount St. Helens, close enough to feel the full impact of the lateral blast from the 1980 eruption. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail is in the process of decomission and is not a viable trail at this time. 
Fees: No fee or pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Hiker use only.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1) at Ryan Lake Interpretive Site
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


From Randle, WA drive south on Forest Service Road 25 to Forest Service road 99. Follow 99 to Forest Road 26 and take it north to Ryan Lake. Forest Road 26 is closed by a washout 8 miles in on the north section, so access is via Forest Road 99.


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  Area/Length : 
0.6 miles

  Elevation : 
3300' - 3450'