Lava Canyon Trail

MODERATE 95 reviews

Lava Canyon Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

10 days ago

The description indicated best time to hike this is March-November. Just to alert everyone, I went there today and it's still closed. Ranger said they hope the snow level decreases enough to plough next weekend.

Great easy hike with beautiful views

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16 days ago

beautiful hike.

hiking
4 months ago

one of the best hikes i've done!!

5 months ago

Super fun hike and great views! The suspension bridge is a trip, totally worth the drive up there!

5 months ago

love this! beautiful scenery and not to difficult!

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

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7 months ago

A beautiful and very interesting hike in the misty rain and fog of early November

hiking
8 months ago

-Decent hike gets your blood pumping
-Walking over rocks sometimes
-SUSPENSION BRIDGE!
-Church group completed it with toddlers and pregnant women

8 months ago

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8 months ago

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

9 months ago

love

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

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.

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9 months ago

9 months ago

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 !