Camping Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest Campground Washington where to camp
There may not be any campgrounds in Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, but there are plenty of places to camp in the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest and other parks. Here are two campgrounds consider:Beaver Bay Campground This campground, which is not operated by the national forest, is conveniently located near trails like Ape Caves, Trail of... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: September 3, 2013
Lave Canyon hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest Washington
With a name like Lava Canyon, you aren't likely to overlook this trail in the blast zone of Mount Saint Helens. What can you expect from this hike? For starters, you'll travel down a narrow canyon with precarious edges and exiting waterfall views. Then you'll cross the canyon on a suspension bridge that bounces and sways a bit too much for comfort. If that sounds good,... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 3, 2014
June Lake Trail Washington hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest
You know you're hiking in a special place when the trail to a waterfall-filled lake in the shadow of America's most famous volcano is not the area's must-do hike. With so many exceptional trails in Washington's Cascade Mountains, June Lake Trail could easily be overlooked. This 2.6-mile hike visits a shallow subalpine lake on the southern slopes of Mount Saint Helens. ... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 3, 2014
Ape Caves Trail Washington hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest Ape Tube
Ape Cave is one of the longest lava tubes in the world, measuring approximately 2.5 miles in length. Hikers may travel unguided through the lava tube. After minimal preparations, Ape Cave deliver a one-of-a-kind adventure. If you ever wanted to go on a long hike in a dark tunnel, Ape Cave is the place. From the cave's main entrance, visitors can head down to the lower... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 3, 2014
Trail of two forests hike Washington lava forest tunnel Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Trail of Two Forests offers a window into two time periods of forestation shaped by nearby Mount Saint Helens. The current forest is obvious - moss, fern, trees, and fighting shrubs that have regrown over lava that covered this land approximately 2,000 years ago. The second forest is ghosts of trees that once stood here. As slow-moving molten lava cooled, it surrounded... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: January 3, 2014

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