Lava Canyon Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, WA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Vancouver, north on 1-5 to Highway 503, exit 21. Drive east 35 miles to Forest Service Road 83. Turn left and drive 10 miles to the signed trailhead at roads end.
-Decent hike gets your blood pumping
-Walking over rocks sometimes
-Church group completed it with toddlers and pregnant women
Great trail not very busy at all ether. I was there mid day on a Saturday and felt like I was the only one there. The way back is a bit of an ass kicker but definitely worth it.
Couldn't have asked for a better hike on a Saturday morning. Arrived at 8:30am as the only car in the parking lot. Had the entire area to ourselves until we started the return trek and found the trail very busy and the parking lot packed. Worth getting up early for! Definitely heed other reviews regarding the various levels of difficulty on the trails. The last trail section is steep but totally worth it and very doable. Excellent hike.
The loop is fairly easy and most people can do it. On the loop there is a 125ft suspension bridge-very cool and very high(don't look down if your afraid of heights), but spectacular. From the suspension bridge there is a much more difficult trail that is marked by expert hikers only sign. I took it and ran into an old lady huffing up it lol. But use extreme caution on it as there are parts that drop off into the canyon 100 plus feet (especially hiking down it) it eventually comes to a 50 ft metal ladder hooked into a cliff that you take down to continue the hike. Loved this hike !
I loved this trail! it loops around from easy to difficult and they have a swing bridge. loved the scenery- saw snakes and chipmunk and the waterfalls are fantastic. great afternoon!
Didn't go too far past the suspension bridge but loved the quiet when we did. Lots of people but I felt it was worth it. Made a great day.
I arrived at the trailhead about 8 am on a Sunday morning. There was only one other car in the parking lot. As others have stated the sights and sounds were fantastic. I did not meet very many folks on the more difficult trail below the suspension bridge but when I returned to the car after about 4 hours of taking photos the parking lot was overflowing with cars.
It was far too crowded during my visit to be enjoyable and full of people acting not sensibly on the trail: a grown man playing with Legos at the entrance to a suspension bridge, blocking others from using it, people trying to cross the slatted, shaky bridge with panicky dogs (and a few cats too, weirdly); one dude blasting his tunes from his phone (seriously, wear headphones); a guy with a 3 year old tied to him walking along the waterfalls; a Darwin Award seeking family climbing cliffs for selfies. It reminded me of how hiking was in the popular section of Yellowstone (without people molesting bison and falling into geysers). Empty, this would be a beautiful hike. The glacial water has that beautiful robin's egg blue color and the upper bridge is perfect for long exposure shots of the falls. There are dramatic views of the Southern Cascades. Perhaps this would be a good off season hike.
Absolutely gorgeous. The top section (before the first suspension bridge) is crowded but if you head down into the canyon after that, rather than continuing on the loop, the crowd thins out and completely worth it. The couple of ladders were fun (but probably not super fun if you have dogs or children) in the lower section and you went through a couple of diverse terrains. Remember, if you go down, you have to come back up. Its a little rough but totally doable. I'll be showing this place to many friends.
Beautiful hike! The hike up to the top of lava canyon is a bit of work but well worth the effort.
Beautiful and amazing. Too many people.
Absolutely beautiful! We hike with my little man on our back. I would not say it's great for kids or dogs just because of the bridge and ladder but we did! Muddy river is REALLY muddy but totally awesome! Will definitely be doing this again this summer!!
easy hike, felt like it wasn't long enough for the drive so we picked up different hike on the way back. The introduction to the trail was paved. the rest of the trail I felt was not clearly marked and you made your way around to the suspension bridge. the highlight is definitely the bridge.
Great hike! As you'd expect, its populated and busy at the trailhead. Get there early to avoid most of the crouds. The views are everywhere! Experience everything from a suspension bridge to metal steps to wood bridge to high ladder to roaring water below you and a waterfall. The water is clear and blue! You even get solitude from the crouds if continuing to the end of the trail where you eventually parallel the creek and cross over the wide cutout of the creek to the other side. The end is a normal trailhead, a much different experience from the beginning yet still beautiful in its own right! A must do hike and worth the crouds.