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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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
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Guler Ice Cave hike Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Tagged with · Caves · Gifford Pinchot National Forest · Lava Tubes
Distance: 0.25 miles · Elevation change: 25 feet
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Skyline Trail Mount Rainier National Park hike Washington Paradise Panorama Point Skyline Trail Loop
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Tagged with · National Parks · Wildflowers
Distance: 5.5 miles · Elevation change: 1625 feet
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Camping Mount Rainier National Park campgrounds Washington
Mount Rainier National Park has three main campgrounds with over 450 campsites. The campgrounds are located in the southwest, southeast, and northeast corners of the park near the most popular hiking areas. Backcountry camping is also an option, by permit only. Visit the official Mount Rainier National Park camping page for more information.   Campgrounds in... Read more.
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Mount Fremount Lookout Trail Mount Rainier National Park hike Washington Sunrise Frozen Lake Sourdough Ridge trek
Mount Fremont houses the nearest fire lookout tower to Mount Rainier. On a clear day, the lookout promises some of the park's best views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding Cascade Mountains. The 6-mile round trip hike from the Sunrise Lodge and Visitor Center to Mount Fremont Lookout is exceptionally scenic and fulfilling, with 800 feet of elevation gain. Lupines in... Read more.
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Tagged with · Lookout Towers · National Parks · Summits
Distance: 6 miles · Elevation change: 800 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 22, 2017