This is Lava Canyon near Mt. St. Helens.
|The Suspension Bridge!!!!!|
|It was surprisingly springy. My friend is testing it out.|
|View from the bridge.|
|The trail meanders through forested areas with small waterfalls. |
Then opens onto rocky cliffs with alpine flowers.
Climbing back out of the canyon, I thought I was going to die,
then there'd be ice cold water and all was well.
|The suspension bridge with some people and a dog.|
|Dipper! One of four we saw. Love them.|
|A thirty foot-ish ladder descending into the moist canyon.|
|A trickle of water was perfect to cool off under.|
|The lush shady canyon was full of trickling brooks and birdsong.|
|The end of the trail.|
|A perfect place to soak our tired hot feet.|
|Mt. St. Helens from the drive out.|
|So many wildflowers: Penstemons (three types),|
Indian Paintbrush, Bunchberry, and ripening Huckleberries.
A perfect hike!
More info on this hike can be found here.