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June Lake

Easy (to June Lake)
2.6 miles round trip
410 feet elevation gain
Open June to mid-November
Use: hikers, bicycles

Moderate (to Chocolate Falls)
5.8 miles round trip
1100 feet elevation gain
Open late June through October

Chocolate Falls
The forests on this southern side of Mt. St. Helens weren’t hurt by the 1980 eruption, but if you stroll through the woods to June Lake’s 40-foot waterfall you’ll see other proof that you’re on a volcano. A volcanic mudflow created the lake itself about a century ago, and the waterfall drops off the edge of an ancient lava field. If you continue up to Chocolate Falls, you’ll scramble across fresh-looking lava to a stripped-out gorge where an ash-choked waterfall sometimes runs as dark as chocolate milk.

Above:  Chocolate Falls
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