Take a hike! (with me?) Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens National Monument

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).

Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava formations
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
There were signs everywhere warning not to get off the path as many people have died in this fast moving water
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Some scrambling required
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Person with a death wish, apparently
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Sea of horsetail (Equisetum) looks so soft!
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Nice, tall trees ❤
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
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
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
This path pleases me
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Felt compelled to photograph this pile of boulders
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Big trees! Hiking buddy for scale
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
At one point, you get to climb down this fun ladder ~30 ft
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
A fun suspension bridge!
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Coastal Hedgenettle (Stachys camissonis)
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Gotta love these ferny forest understoreys
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Pretty idyllic
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Blue
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Big old pile of lava (I'm sure there's a technical name for this…lava ridge?)
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Views!
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
It looks super dangerous
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Water carving through the lava
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
Shadow selfies!
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens
A much deserved rest on the log couch!
Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens

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