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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.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 446 ft 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

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Getting There

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument 42218 Northeast Yale Bridge Road Amboy, WA 98601 Tel: 360.449.7871

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.

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Jessica Wenke
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Hiking

** I lost one of my hiking shoes. It's a trail runner, Altra brand, blue and grey. It's somewhere between June lake and the trailhead. If you find it please contact me on instagram @jessicalllauren We did this trail as part of the Loowit Loop. This section is beautiful and an easy grade.

cara beth
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Britt D
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Hiking

Easy trail, too easy for my taste but that’s me. Lots of kids at the lake so don’t plan on a serene, reflective break at the lake. I continued up to Loowit trail and looped back on Swift creek trail where there was a fun boulder field to bound and a unique waterfall. It was a longer hike that I planned but I had the area all to myself with plenty of quiet and views of St Helens. Also no toilet at the TH unless I missed it tucked away somewhere? Not a lot of parking and most there had to get creative to carve out a spot.

Kristen Boespflug
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The hike was easy enough my 2 year old walked it both ways. So I would definitely recommend this trail for kids and dogs! I also recommend bringing bug spray because we were attacked by biting flies the entire way. The waterfall was pretty, the lake was pretty stinky and definitely not something you could swim in. Parking was scarce but not too hard to find a spot! I’m definitely glad we did this hike but it’s not one I’d do more than once.

Mark Seigworth
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Hiking

Easy, wide trail. Nice evening hike. The waterfall into the lake is the best part.

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Tracy Podzimek
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Hiking

Easy, pretty trail up to the lake and waterfall.

Ty Jacob
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Rich Jansen
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Hiking

Easy, popular trail. The lake is small and not spectacular, but the 3 waterfalls that fall into the lake are worthwhile.

Micaela Sullivan
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Pretty easy. The trail is marked really well. The parking area is small, but there’s some space across the street.

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Kayla Soliday
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Hiking

Perfect trail to bring little ones. My three year old made it up and back without any problems. Definitely will be back to do this one again.

Jared Corbett
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Hiking

As of 6/8, gate to the trailhead was open. Beautiful hike, though the steepness had me more winded than expected. The mountain is only visible from a small section of the trail, and a few trees in the way even then, but maybe I was missing other vistas due to fog. The lake area with the waterfall is stunning, and a great place to stop and relax for a bit.

Samantha Schoene
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Hiking

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)

Maggie De Pree
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Hiking

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.

Tawnya Ford
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Hiking

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.

Edwin Anderson
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Road was closed this weekend.

Laura Campbell
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Snowshoeing

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.

Tanya M.
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HikingSnow

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.

Mary Mattson
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Dawn Gaspar
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HikingSnow

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

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Missy Rohr
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HikingSnow

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.

Natalia D
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Hiking

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

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Javier Esparza
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Hiking

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

Erik Troelsen
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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.

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Rachell Lindley
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Hiking

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

Jennifer Sharp
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Hiking

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

David Ison
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Hiking

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.

Matt Dau
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Hiking

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.

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