Hikes in Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument

When Mount Saint Helens erupted in in 1980, it instantly became America’s most well known Volcano. Over 200 square miles of forest were scorched, 250 homes were burned, and 57 people were killed. Evidence of the powerful eruption and previous volcanic activity can be witnessed on trails around Mount Saint Helens. Two years after the eruption, Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument was established to help preserve this area and monitor its recovery. The monument is managed by the US Forest Service as part of the greater Gifford Pinchot National Forest. At the south end of the park there are several interesting trails through terrain shaped by Mount Saint Helens.

Highlights of Mount Saint Helens

  • This 1.25-mile loop explores a colorful canyon re-carved by the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens.
  • This adventurous 0.75 to 3.75-mile underground hike travels through one of the longest lava tubes in the world.
  • This 0.25-mile nature trail tours a landscaped that was transformed by a molten lava flow, and for extra fun, visitors can crawl through a 50-foot long lava tub that runs beneath the trail.
  • This 2.6-mile hike visits a small lake and a waterfall on the southern slopes of Mount Saint Helens.

Mount Saint Helens Hiking

This collection of trails in Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument lists hikes from north to south. The table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, GPS maps, elevation profiles, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. Below the table is an interactive map showing the location of each hike.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Lava Canyon Trail750Lava Canyon
This loop explores a colorful canyon re-carved by the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens.
1.25 miles
250 feet
46.165878,
-122.088824
June Lake Trail800June Lake
This out and back hike visits a small lake and a waterfall on the southern slopes of Mount Saint Helens.
2.6 miles
450 feet
46.137203,
-122.156568
Ape Cave850Ape Cave
This adventurous underground hike travels through one of the longest lava tubes in the world.
0.75 - 3.75 miles
400 feet
46.108362,
-122.211432
Trail of Two Forests900Trail of Two Forests
This short nature trail tours a landscaped that was transformed by a molten lava flow. For extra fun, crawl through a 50-foot long lava tub beneath the trail.
0.25 miles
25 feet
46.099126,
-122.212565
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It isn't pack mentality that makes Dog Mountain one of the most popular hikes on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. The grassy slopes near the summit put on a winning display of spring wildflowers, enhancing year-round views over the gorge's beautiful surroundings. Dog Mountain Trail is steep and largely forested, ascending 2,825 feet in 3 /13 miles. Two... Read more.
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Tagged with · Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area · Free Trails · Stevenson · Summits
Distance: 7.4 miles · Elevation change: 2825 feet
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Coyote Wall Hike Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Little Maui Trail Little Moab Trail Coyote Wall Trail Washington
Take a drive through the Columbia River Gorge and you're sure to be impressed by a diagonal band of cliffs on the Washington side of the gorge that rise from the river toward the mountains above. These grand and daunting cliffs are called Coyote Wall or the Syncline. A network of single-track trails and old jeep roads extend up alongside the columnar basalt ledge. ... Read more.
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Tagged with · Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area · Free Trails · White Salmon
Distance: 5.8 miles · Elevation change: 1575 feet
By: Published: Last updated: August 29, 2017
Camping in Beacon Rock State Park Main Campground Columbia River Gorge Washington
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Hamilton Mountain Trail Beacon Rock State Park Hike Washington Columbia River Gorge Pool of the Winds Rodney Falls Hike Hamilton Mountain Loop
Only hike Hamilton Mountain Trail if you like charming forests, bold waterfalls, and awesome cliff-top views. Hamilton Mountain Trail passes a viewpoint for the Pool of the Winds, where Rodney Falls plunges into a rock-wrapped punchbowl. The trail rises to a summit along the Columbia River Gorge, ascending 2,025 feet on a 7.75-mile lollipop loop. Some of Hamilton... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beacon Rock State Park · Stevenson · Summits · Washington State Parks · Waterfalls
Distance: 7.75 miles · Elevation change: 2025 feet
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Beacon Rock Trail Beacon Rock State Park Hike Washington Columbia River Gorge
Beacon Rock rises like a stone tower with sheer cliffs dropping to the Columbia River. Beacon Rock Trail could be the Columbia River Gorge relative of Moro Rock Trail in Sequoia National Park. The trail is built right up the side of the basalt monolith, using over fifty switchbacks and at least a dozen cliff-straddling bridges to reach a pointed summit. The hike up... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beacon Rock State Park · Stevenson · Summits · Washington State Parks
Distance: 1.6 miles · Elevation change: 600 feet
By: Published: Last updated: July 28, 2017