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An easy forest trail to June Lake that gets steep leading to the intersection with the Loowit Trail.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

3,402' 1,037 m

High

2,730' 832 m

Low

683' 208 m

Up

11' 3 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy forest trail to a pretty lake. Potential backpack trip for small children.

Description

The Trailhead is easy to find off Forest Road 83. There is a small parking lot and a trail sign for the June Lake Trail. There was a sign posted warning of a recent cougar sighting in the area a few days earlier, so taking the proper precautions such as hiking in groups, and keeping pets close is recommended.

The trail is a wide a gentle uphill forested trail that follows a creek to your left. This creek is the outflow of June Lake. The trail is easy to follow. At a few points, you'll get a glimpse of Mt. St. Helens. On my outing, the top was shrouded in clouds but the view was still impressive. In about a mile you'll come to a small bridge that crosses the outflow creek from June Lake. Once across you'll be in a flat open area. Small campsites are dotted around this open area. Continue on to the right of the trail and you'll see small June Lake. It is surrounded on three sides by steep forest. A waterfall flows into the lake directly across and a small cascade is to the left of that.

I originally decided to undertake this route to scout an easy backpack trip for my granddaughter. This is very doable for small kids. The potential campsites are in the open area on the opposite side of the trail from the lake. Behind the campsites is a big rock flow and dry wash.

Flora & Fauna

Some deer can be seen along the way. Be aware that a cougar warning sign was posted with a sighting 6/29/2016. Salamander can be found in the lake.

Contacts

Shared By:

Steve Jackson

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June Lake and waterfall.
Jul 7, 2016 near Amboy, WA
Bridge crossing June Lake outflow creek.
Jul 7, 2016 near Amboy, WA
Beginning of June Lake Trail.
Jul 7, 2016 near Amboy, WA
Cougar sighting sign.
Jul 7, 2016 near Amboy, WA

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Aug 9, 2021
Jenifer Gorlach
Jul 30, 2019
Claudia Hume
Sep 26, 2017
Felicia Harger
Great area to explore, secondary waterfall gives great view of lake. Lots of camp fire circles near lake. 3mi — 3h 00m
Aug 13, 2016
Cameron Booth
First in-and-out backpacking trip with out young son. Probably about as far a 5-year-old can make it. Nice campsites at lake. 3mi
Jul 10, 2016
Andy Bo
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