June Lake Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 446 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

From Vancouver, drive north on I-5 to Highway 503 (Woodland, exit 21). Drive east 35 miles to Forest Service Road 83. Turn left and drive 6 miles to the signed trailhead on the left.

hiking
3 days ago

It was a great trail even with having to walk a little to the trailhead. Not a lot of people, beautiful view of the mountain & a little bit of snow. Highly recommend with kids!!! You can walk around the lake thru a "path" & walk behind the waterfall! Around 5ish miles from Marble sno-park (gate closed for cars but you can walk, about a mile to the tail head from marble snow park)

hiking
10 days ago

Great short day hike for families. The road to the trailhead was indeed still closed and it is a .9 mile (or 20 minute) walk to the trailhead. Round trip this took us about 2.5 hours to do 4.8 miles. Enjoyed the sound of rushing water, waterfalls and the lovely lake at the top.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike. Lots of fallen trees but easy to get over or around. Gate to trail head is still closed so you’ll need to walk up the road but it’s an easy walk. Beautiful lake and a great spot to take a break and enjoy lunch. We took our time and enjoyed being outside. Total hike toke about 3 hours.

hiking
closed
25 days ago

Road was closed this weekend.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Great snowshoeing conditions and trail. Pleasant and easy trek through the forest, then upon reaching June lake and the waterfall it is an excellent reward of gorgeous scenery. Measured about 1 mile from Marble Mtn SP to the June Lake TH, making it a round trip of about 5 miles. Snowmobile traffic on the stretch of Rd 83 was the only downside. Recommend taking the Pine Marten trail for about .5 mile, keeps you off the 83 road and from being suffocated by snowmobile exhaust for at least a little bit. Once at the June lake trailhead it is perfect serenity again.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Great snowshoeing today. It’s a pretty trail with a few great views of Mt St. Helens. The snow is packed and it seemed possible to do it without snowshoes but we wore them and saw endless footfalls deep into the snow the whole trail! So recommend snow shoes or skis. The waterfall is not frozen but it is all very pretty. The roads are clear. Park at snow park and about half mile walk on closed road gets you to trailhead.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

hiking
snow
4 months ago

We blazed a trail up the loop side not the usual way up.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

The road to the trail head is closed. You have to park at the snopark about a half mile from the regular entrance and walk in. There was absolutely no one else on the trail. We didn't use snowshoes. There were areas they would have been nice, but it was okay without. Poles or crampons are helpful. There is about 10 inches in the deep parts and 3 inches in the trails under the trees. The lake is partially frozen and the waterfall is gorgeous. Definitely a good winter hike. Elevation gain was a decent workout.

hiking
7 months ago

Not the prettiest lake I've seen but a nice quick hike. One spot you can see the mountain decently if not overcast.

hiking
9 months ago

a good easy hike. The out is mostly uphill, but not too steep. Need a few breaks if you have littles with you, but my 4yo, 6yo's, and 11yo did the full hike, no problem

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Hike to June lake easy and beautiful. Continuing to Chocolate falls extends the hike to scramble over 0.8 mile lava boulders. Medium level difficulty. Great payoff views and two waterfalls. Total 5.5 mile loop and 983 ft elevation gain.

hiking
9 months ago

Used June lake as our loowit starting point for a counter clockwise out & back to the Plains of Abraham.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun trail, beautiful views, waterfall and lake at the end of the trail. 1.6 miles each way..

hiking
9 months ago

Trail to lake is a pleasant gradual climb through the Forest. June Lake is pleasant but underwhelming. NOTE: The trail from June Lake to Loowit is not well marked. Go straight when you get across the bridge over the creek. It can be very confusing with the wide open space. Essentially follow the edge of the lake towards the far north end of the sandy area. You will see a trailhead that looks like it may go to the June Lake falls - it doesn’t buy steeply takes you up to join the Loowit.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike for small kids. Our 7 and 4 year olds had a great time. slight incline the whole way with no steep sections. Saw a black bear cross the path on the last incline before the lake. Falls were going strong on 8/7/19 and the rock field to the west of the lake was cool.

Great, easy trail with cool little pond and awesome waterfall. Lush, shady, with many old growth trees along upper end of trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Great light walk for the family and the cool creek water was a great refresh on a hot day.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy walk to a small lake and waterfall.

hiking
11 months ago

Did Lowitt loop today as a day hike. had a great time, even got to see some goats near Wndy Pass. Long hot periods of no shade, hat/ full head covering is a must multiple places for water although some was very silty. started at June Lake TH, Total hiking time was 13 hours 45 mins

hiking
11 months ago

Trail was great. Clear of snow well onto the loowit trail.

Mon Jun 03 2019

We did this trail on Sunday, 6/2/19. It was beautiful, gorgeous weather, and there was a bit of snow on the ground right after the bridge, about a mile up.

hiking
Mon May 13 2019

The road is still closed to vehicles but the trail is open to hikers. What a great hike! 1.6 miles to the lake and waterfall. The trail is very well maintained, with a slight incline to the lake. Once we reached the lake we veered towards the left, which was a huge rock field with stellar views of Mt St Helens. We hiked a bit on the rocks and found a great place to lunch with the most amazing views!

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

snowshoeing
snow
Sat Mar 23 2019

Snowshoe hike the June Lake today. most of the snow is gone from the trees but still lots of snow remains. very slushy and easy to sink down half a foot in some places. Signs of someone postholeing, definitely need snowshoes. Not only will it be easier for you but for those snowshoeing. The weather was incredibly warm and sunny until we got ready to leave the lake and turn back, then the clouds and light rain came up quickly and right on schedule. We had the entire hike to ourselves and only heard the distance roar of snow machines as we got closer to the road. I would definitely recommend taking the Pine Marten Trail as this will keep you off the road most of the way until you get to the actual TH. Blue diamonds guide your way very easily. Road to and Marble mtn snow park is plowed with no snow on road bed or parking area. Very clear.

hiking
Sat Feb 23 2019

Wonderful snowshoe in Narnia! One of my favorites. Worth the three hour drive from Seattle. You can extend the hike to 6-8 miles by taking the loop and tracking along one of the legs of the trail to the backside of MSH. SR503 was clear the entire way. Snow started at the adjacent FS road. SnowPark lot was plowed, but tamped down snow and ice. We used our 4 wheel drive, but did no need for the chains. Trail can be tricky to find without a map! Especially if doing the longer loop. We had to cross along 244D and break trail along the way, sinking a few feet into the snow even with our snow shoes. The hill right before the turn off to the lake was a total white-out. But once we dropped down to the lake, things calmed down quite a bit and allowed for a lunch break. Lake was half frozen and falls were in full force. Just a lovely trail.

snowshoeing
snow
Sat Feb 16 2019

Great Snowshoeing. Definitely need snowshoes. The trail actually starts about 1.3 miles from the designated trailhead due to the snow covered road. The roads are otherwise kept clear with bulldozers. Hike a bit further to leave the tree line and visit chocolate falls. Get your snow park permit at the Cougar Store 16842 Lewis River Road.

hiking
snow
Sat Feb 02 2019

hiking
snow
Sun Jan 27 2019

I would recommend micro spikes and to bring snowshoes. It’s a beautiful area.

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