Washington Cascades

June Lake

Length: 1.5 miles
Low Point: 2700'
High Point: 3200'
Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Scenery: 0/5

Difficulty: 0/5

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From Cougar, Washington, drive east on Forest Service Road 90. About a mile past the Swift Dam, turn North (left) on to Forest Service Road 83 and drive this road for another 10 miles to the trailhead on the left.

Trail Description

The June Lake Trail follows the East Fork of Swift Creek as it climbs towards the foot of Mt. St. Helens. The southern shore of June Lake offers a small beach and a large lava flow with occassional views of Mt. St. Helens. The northern end of the lake offers a small waterfall which dumps into the lake.


I agree with the comments below - the falls can vary. I've heard that's the way waterfalls work on Mt. St. Helens - water flow can vary drastically even hour by hour. I took some people up above June Lake to Chocolate Falls. When we started lunch, the falls weren't running at all, but less than 30 minutes later, they were running full force. I've heard this is a common occurrence throughout the Mt. St. Helens area. All that being said, though, it's still a great hike.
2009-04-27 15:17:55
Yeah, I agree...I've been up there a couple times in early summer and it seemed like it was going pretty good.
2004-07-30 07:12:25
Judging from Mark's pictures, it looks like that waterfall which spills into June Lake varies in flow quite a bit. During some portions of the year it can be pretty full with water.
2004-03-06 00:32:20