Lava Canyon Interpretive Site via Smith Creek Trail #225
based on 23 tracks & routes Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument #24 hike out of 99 in
11 hrs 33 min
This is a moderate one way trail to Lava Canyon Interpretive Site in Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument.
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Ape canyon to Smith to Lava Canyon
We hiked this clockwise. Left at 2 am. I would not recommend the final section back by way of lava canyon trail. That section was really dangerous, with trail erosion and some very narrow sandy sections along cliffs above the canyon. We didn’t see the danger sign until the end. Beautiful section, but not worth the risk for me.