Lava Canyon Trail

MODERATE 141 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.

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6 days ago

Great hike, moderate with steep decline, do not recommend for kids. Narrow ledge at times. Views of waterfalls.

8 days ago

if you are complaining about not getting good views, you didn't go far enough. The best shots can be taken on the steep and more difficult trail, I would not recommend it for kids.

9 days ago

We expected some great hiking and views but were quite disappointed after doing this hike.

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10 days ago

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10 days ago

Got there early to avoid the crowds- totally nailed that. The hike is confusing at first, not much signage for directions when you cross the suspension bridge. We decided to take the "most difficult" trail to the right and had no idea where we were going. We ended asking others. My advice is to hike down that steep path, go down the cool steep ladder then cross the little bridge then turn back. The rest of the hike is washed out. If you are scared of heights, this may not be the trail you want to take. Take your time if you're out of shape and you'll have a good time, it's super steep and navigating up rocks.

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13 days ago

perfect for what we wanted out of a hike.

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14 days ago

The trail to Lower Smith Creek trail is washed out after the 3rd bridge. The hike is easy on the way out (mostly downhill), so that makes it harder the way back. The loose gravel and narrow path along the ridge, as well as the slippery creek with a drop off you have to cross, makes it a little sketchy. No views of the mountain on the trail, but the lava rock, multiple waterfalls and bridges make it worth doing once.

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16 days ago

trail is really overrated but nice easy hike

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