It’s pretty amazing to see the impact the explosion of Mt. St. Helens had on the surrounding landscape, completely deleting whole sections of forests, and revealing new features and topography. This lava canyon is one of the “new” features the eruption revealed, and it’s pretty fascinating! I would say this is a challenging hike if you hike to the end, mainly because of difficult footing and some steep climbs. But it’s not very long (maybe 4.6 mi/7.4 km round trip).
There were signs everywhere warning not to get off the path as many people have died in this fast moving water
Some scrambling required
Person with a death wish, apparently
Sea of horsetail (Equisetum) looks so soft!
Nice, tall trees ❤
I like this photo for two reasons: 1) my hiking buddy gives you a sense of scale (she's small but not that tiny) 2) that little tree is lit up by a sunbeam like a Christmas tree
This path pleases me
Felt compelled to photograph this pile of boulders
Big trees! Hiking buddy for scale
At one point, you get to climb down this fun ladder ~30 ft
A fun suspension bridge!
Coastal Hedgenettle (Stachys camissonis)
Gotta love these ferny forest understoreys
Big old pile of lava (I'm sure there's a technical name for this…lava ridge?)
It looks super dangerous
Water carving through the lava
A much deserved rest on the log couch!