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Lava Canyon Trail #184

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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Point to Point

2,836' 865 m

High

1,718' 524 m

Low

18' 6 m

Up

1,137' 347 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Description

The Lava Canyon Trail #184 starts at the Lava Canyon parking lot. The beginning of the trail (1/2 mile) is a paved stroller path. The paved path ends at a viewpoint with a few informational plaques about the unique rock formations and scenery.

There is a bridge off to the right that is that start of the Lava Canyon Loop Trail. Currently (October 2019), the suspension bridge crossing back across the canyon further down is closed, so beware that if you start the loop trail, it may be an in and out hike.

If you follow the main trail down the canyon, it is not for the faint of heart. It is a dangerous trail with a steep drop off on one side. About a 1.5 miles in, you have to climb down a 30 ft ladder. A good turn around spot is 2.5 miles in at a bridge that crosses back across the canyon. This trail has some gorgeous views and the waterfalls are spectacular! Even if you just hike the stroller path, it is well worth the trip!

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One of the many waterfalls along the hike!
Oct 4, 2019 near Amboy, WA
The 30ft ladder on the trail.
Oct 4, 2019 near Amboy, WA
Hiking a section of the trail that drops off on one side... the views are gorgeous!
Oct 4, 2019 near Amboy, WA
The view of the Muddy River off of the side of the Lava Canyon Trail.
Oct 2, 2019 near Amboy, WA
Lava Canyon
Oct 24, 2018 near Amboy, WA
Lava Canyon
Oct 24, 2018 near Amboy, WA

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Sep 2, 2021
Shannon Tokumaru
Part of Ape Caves June 2021
Jun 25, 2019
Byron V
Trail is in good condition for the most part. There are a few spots that are somewhat steep with loose rock and one quite narrow section with loose…