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This hike really impressed us. We were looking for something a little bit different than the usual mountain hikes were used to, so we decided to give this trail a try. We really enjoyed that the trail was unique, in that you’re quite literally traversing down a canyon adjacent to magnificent gushing water and waterfalls. We enjoyed the views most on the lower portion of the trail, and especially loved the ladders...just got a kick out of those! All in all, we loved it and would definitely do it again!

Fantastic trail

hiking
7 days ago

It was nice, very easy little hike out to the lookout decks.

It is muddy and slippery in some places, but the view points at the end are spectacular. We got to see nesting Murres and listen to their cute calls.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked this trail 7/7. Did the lower section first, which should be rated hard. It is not for small children, dogs, or anyone fearful of heights. I am none of those things but there were a couple of places on the trail that sped up my heartbeat!

As noted by another reviewer, several people have died on this trail, I imagine they went beyond the many signs telling them to stay on the trail. We saw quite a few people doing just that the day we were there. The ladder is tall but very sturdy. However, there is one place one the trail that is quite skinny and you also have to step up a couple of feet. Yikes!

Turned around at the bridge and back up the way we came down, then did the easy loop across the suspension bridge. The water is beautiful.

hiking
12 days ago

Multiple wonderful views of beautiful waterfalls, coupled with somewhat scary cliffs to traverse. There is plenty of solid ground at these points, the narrowest point being about a foot of trail, but it is quite a long way down. I highly recommend this hike as the environment is quite fantastic, but watch your little one's closely. If you are bringing a dog, these is a 30' steel ladder, nearly vertical, that you need to scale. Plan accordingly.

hiking
13 days ago

We did the whole trail. The top part of the difficult section was a little nerve racking for me since the ledge is thin and some loose dusty ground there. But it was well described.

Took us 2 hours round trip

hiking
17 days ago

so worth it you will love every step

Technically this trail is 3 modes of difficulty. You have options. The first is a paved interactive walk that has plenty of marked signage and history about the formation of Lava Canyon. It is wheelchair accessible and fairly straightforward.

The second trail is a loop. It is easy to moderate depending on what time of year you go. The trail gets slick in places. This is the portion of the trail that has the (amazing) 128 ft suspension bridge and the ladder. Its quick and I saw several families as we hiked. Kids love the suspension bridge. After the suspension bridge you can choose to go down and to the left which leads into the canyon or you can go up and to the right which continues the moderate loop you are already on.

Did I try the advanced trail? No. There is signage EVERYWHERE about people who have died because they didn't understand the risks. The third option is for experienced hikers and climbers. From what I understand it is a canyon that follows the flow of the falls. It is slick, steep, and dangerous. I know what my hiking level is. Someday I will get there. But not today.

overall the moderate Lava Canyon trail is what most think of when they learn about the trail. The views are incredible. The contrast of blackened lava and ice feed waterfalls against a cool green backdrop of forest and moss is stunning. You can see how the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's impacted the area because you are literally standing in the wake of dried lava flow 38 years later.

Great hike if you're looking for something short and sweet. Also well worth it to explore the smaller trails branching off from the main trail. Great views guaranteed, even with cloud cover. Tons of people on the trail though, so expect plenty of company!

Wow! Go!

Yes! Yes! You haven't seen it all, unless you have seen this trail. I took my kids when they were 3&5 and they did great. Highly Recommended. A favorite.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! The waterfall is absolutely beautiful! I’d rate this trail as moderate. Make sure that you have a good pair of hiking boots with a good grip. There’re a several sports that are a bit steep and some of the spots might have smooth, slippery rocks.
Make sure to bring a bug spray.
The hike is not that long but pretty exiting! If you’re still full of energy there’s Ape Canyon trail right next to it with gorgeous views of Mt St Helens.

A beautiful hike. Easily one of the most spectacular sights in the Pacific Northwest. The road to Cape Flattery is a little long being that it's long and full of curves. Once at the trail head, it's an easy hike down to the end. There are three lookout points including the one towards Tatoosh Island and the Lighthouse so make sure not to miss them. We went in early July and the weather was perfect. We were especially lucky to see whales swimming out in the water along with Bald Eagles, Sea Lions, Oyster Catchers and a few Banana Slugs. I highly recommend this venture as it showcases the beauty of the Pacific NW.

beautiful...not too crowded, easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

i don't say its hike but its walking to the good view point. but at the end its really awesome.

Easy simple hike with beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 07/07/18

Fun hike. The south side trail on the river is still closed but the north side of the river is open however somewhat primitive. There are some risky spots with sheer ledges. There is a spot with a 32’ steel ladder to traverse into the bottom of one of the canyons. Might not be good for kiddos but with that said I would have taken mine.

The first part of the trail is all paved and it has a suspension bridge that was fun. This is a loop that is surely easy to navigate. Once you hike off the pavement and onto the dirt trail it gets challenging. Have fun and be careful.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 192 with my walking club on Saturday. We went to the end of the trail and at the top we connected with the 132 Observation Peak trail & hiked down the mountain.... overall it was 18.23 miles & 3,444 elevation according to my fitbit. This is definitely a hard trail up & it looked like most hikers do this loop over a weekend. Was pretty moderate up till the 5 mile mark when you start climbing up the mountain on switchbacks. Most of us did great, I struggled on the incline but made the top. There were wild blueberries & orchids along the way & quite a few log bridges to cross over the creek. It’s beautiful & the waterfall platform was breathtaking.

on Lava Canyon Trail

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked Lava Canyon last week 7/3/18. Love this hike! The upper loop is moderate, and safe for most healthy people. If you don't like heights this isn't for you.

Hiking down into the canyon should be rated difficult. There are 90 ft cliffs. People have died in this canyon. There is alot of loose rock which makes narrow stretches slick, and sketchy! A family with small child behind us turned around and left at the first one of those sections. Good idea!

There is a rock formation in the middle of the canyon that people call "The Ship". Climbing it reminds my wife of Hobbits climbing Mt Mordor, so we call it Mordor rock. The view from the top is beautiful. You can look back at the Lava Canyon waterfalls from it. Well worth the climb.

Trail is open, went on the hike on Saturday. Nice small hike and good for family

hiking
1 month ago

We only did the upper loop as the lower was still closed fathers day weekend. What a cool area!! The rocks were a little slick for any downhill and that felt sketch. Saw another couple really struggling. Dogs may not be the biggest fan of the suspension bridge. Really quick and easy jaunt though with BIG rewards

nice area/hike. lower trail is now OPEN as of 6-29-2018 .

sidenote, follow signs to get to Lava Canyon. I was new to area, saw a sign telling me to turn left for Lava Canyon, but my GPS wanted me to go straight. i followed signs, and it got me there. it was actually the only way to get there since road ends at lava canyon trailhead . wherever my GPS was taking me was going to be 10 miles in wrong direction.

nature trips
1 month ago

HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE TRAIL IN WA SO FAR AND I'VE DONE SEVERAL!!! THE VIEWS ARE BREATHTAKING!! PERFECT TRAIL FOR KIDS AND DOGS. I TOOK ALL 4 OF MY KIDS AGED 9-14. IT IS MUDDY SO MAKE SURE YOU TAKE SOME GOOD WALKING SHOES YOU DON'T MIND GETTING DIRTY.

on Cape Flattery Trail

1 month ago

awesome view of the island and the ocean.

One of the best hikes with some amazing views.

This trail is not open as of 6-24-18! The lower trail is closed and the short loop is the only thing open.

hiking
1 month ago

Classic northwest hike . . Even though it’s only 1.5 miles rt . .ya gotta do it. Suitable for most people . . No tripping hazards . . there is a 7% grade directly from the Trailhead, but it flattens out after 500 feet. Beautiful lookout at the end of the trail . . I knoooow . . A long car ride for such a short trail . . A must do!

This was a really incredible site. A little scary as off the main trail you can get some really cool views, but no railing right next to the cliff! I recommend taking those trails off the main pathway if you are a photographer to get an awesome shot without the crowds. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful old growth with many saprophytic orchids out today. 5.9 miles to waterfall overlook. Nice campsites around 5 miles.

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