August 18, 2012, we hiked the Lava Canyon trail on the south side of Mount St. Helens located in Skamania County, Washington. The south side was not directly effected by the volcanic eruption back in 1980. We had previously hiked the north side of Mount St. Helens here: The Desertnut Vlog: Mount St. Helens Hiking
The most exciting part of this hike was crossing a springy suspension bridge above the Lava Canyon Gorge. The trail winds along a steep and narrow trail, passing "The Ship" spur trail, which leads to scenic views of nearby waterfalls. We also climbed down a 30-foot ladder. The trail offers a unique perspective of the river cutting through the ancient lava. Watch the above video.
The Elevation Gain was 1600 feet. Normally it takes 5 miles round trip to complete, however we extended our hike to 7 miles.
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