Easy Rambling

This whole week has been grey and I’m more than ready for the sun that’s coming back out to play this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 80’s in town, so me and the family are escaping to higher elevations and cooler waters. We’re headed north and taking refuge next to Mount Saint Helen’s June Lake.


The June Lake Trail is an easy 1.3 mile hike that takes you through a young forest, over a little bridge and to a shallow subalpine lake on the southern slope of Mt. Saint Helens. The lake isn’t very big but the scenery is worth the hike. On the farthest shore is June Lake’s waterfall and on it’s southern shore is a small sandy beach for the kids to play.

With so many other famous trails on Mt. Saint Helens, this little trek is often overlooked. If you’re lucky, the day you choose to go hiking only a handful of others will too. You’ll get to enjoy the beauty of the lake without much disturbance.

junelakewaterfallTo get to the trailhead: From Interstate 5 take exit 21 on to Route 503 East toward Cougar. After 35 miles, turn left on Forest Service Road 83 and drive six miles to the trailhead on the left.

Trailhead address: National Forest Road 83, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cougar, WA 98616
Trailhead coordinates: 46.137203, -122.156568

Happy Adventuring!


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