June Lake Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately 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
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
462 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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
23 days ago

Great Trail.. Love the waterfall at the end..

hiking
28 days ago

Easy hike went early,had Trail to ourselves. Will go again.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail in was okay, but views of the lake have disappeared. Shrubs have grown up around the lake blocking the view and there was a lot of green-black stuff growing in the lake. This is not the summertime hike it used to be.

hiking
2 months ago

Tuesday early afternoon, we saw about 15 people total, which is more than I'm used to on other trails. Everyone was super polite and we still got to the lake and enjoyed it solo for almost 45 minutes, which was a real treat. Not as many bugs as expected, very clear and easy hike. Definitely a good starter trail or hike with kids. Only a short part vaugely close to a drop off but the trail is wide and it's not directly adjacent the trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful views of the mountain and stream. June Lake is pretty to look at, but it is not a lake; it's the little cousin of a pond. Not great for hammock camping if you need relatively specific distances between trees for your tarp, and don't plan on even getting your shins cooled down in the "lake". Great day hike if you just want to see some views though!

hiking
2 months ago

Aug 2

I like this trail. Worth squirming your way to the waterfalls when you get to the lake. Theres the big one and a misty one with great photo ops. Pretty quiet and easy trail. Mushrooms  everywhere but can’t pick

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, easy hike to a lake with a waterfall flowing into it. The lake didn't look very appealing to swim in because the it has a gooey muddy shore and is pretty shallow, but it's beautiful for taking a photo. I want to come back and do a backpacking trip up further on the Loowit Trail.

We were there on a summer weekend but only saw a handful of other people. However there was a considerable amount of trash on this trail; I picked up 3 aluminum cans, a gatorade bottle, plastic food packaging from where someone had camped at the lake, and a lot of micro-trash. There were cigarette butts, dog poop bags, and used TP as well that I did not pick up...

hiking
3 months ago

This trail treated us to a calm lake and a waterfall after a short 1.5 mile hike that was moderate.

If you are eager for more try the Bivouac trail not far down the road, you can hike just to the edge of the tree line where a permit will be required to go further, but still over a 3 mile hike with rewarding views.

hiking
4 months ago

A very mellow hike to take the kids and dogs on. The lake and waterfall are beautiful. Went midweek and had the place to ourselves. We will come here again

6 months ago

A beautiful, quiet snowshoe with the dog. Saw not a soul on the pine marten or June lake trail that morning. Still about 3 feet of snow at the lake, had to break my own trail from about .25 miles out. I was surprised there was not more foot traffic, but glad for it. Roads plowed / all asphalt getting to marble mountain.

hiking
11 months ago

Quick and easy but a great payoff. We did it in the rain and snow- the beautiful colors of the fall leaves with the crisp white snow made it a truly magical experience.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Great time trail steep and fun

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

We got to the trail head just before 9am and the parking lot was fairly empty. The trail was in great shape as it followed along a nice creek. Before we new it, we made it to June lake. The lake is gorgeous with a perfect waterfall flowing into the far side. Very picturesque! Check out just how beautiful this area is by watching the video below!

https://youtu.be/_OGT2rUNtD8

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

This was a beautiful hike. You have views of the mountain from different points along the trail and the lava flow stopped near the lake so you can explore that as well. There are a couple of waterfalls flowing into the lake and it's a gorgeous spot to have a picnic. We took our dog along and she had fun as well.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sweet little hike with a lovely lake and pretty waterfall. Great for for an easy, chill and relaxed outing.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Hiked to the fall and beyond to ape canyon.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

No snow or ice on the trail as of today. A nice, short hike to a small lake with a waterfall.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great hike still path of ice in June..

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nice waterfall and small private camping ground at the top.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Great hike! The waterfall at the end was great.

backpacking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great for day trip with family

Monday, July 25, 2016

Came in from Marble Mtn Trailhead, via Pica Trail

hiking
Friday, July 15, 2016

Beautiful hike, stream, bridge, lake, waterfall, mostly shaded until you get to lake

hiking
Friday, July 15, 2016

Switch back upward elevation going. Downhill return. Short hike to a small lake with a rewarding waterfall or two. Calm lake mirrored the falls. See pictures.

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Short, easy trail. It leads to more interesting trails though!

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Horrible rocky trail that leads to a smelly, small swamp and not a lake. Hiked more up to a crater field to find the lake. Turned around and saw several other people expecting to find the "lake". Boring hike, nothing to see, too many dogs. Not sure how everyone posts a 4-star review?!

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

great fun trail. The lake is quiet and small. friendly people on the trail. good distance not to long not to short not to steep and not to flat.

Monday, June 27, 2016

it's about a mile or so from the parking lot the lake is small and nasty from algae if you take the trail up and to the left you'll end up in the worm flows and the boulder field for some boulder jumping and adventure we past a sign at 4800' saying you need a permit lol so we went up a bit more ate lunch and turned around 8 miles total we reached 5500' lol if you wanted to you could get pretty close to the top but watch out for Rangers handing out tickets

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nice trail.

Friday, May 06, 2016

easy fun hike! suggest continuing past June lake to meet trail 216 and hike West around Mt St Helens to get great views of the mountain. 216 goes all the way around so go as far as your willing to back track! first 1/4 mile last June lake is solid uphill but over quick!!

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