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June Lake Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Lava flow near June Lake (cfm)
View along the June Lake Trail (cfm)
  • Start point: June Lake TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: June Lake
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 2.8 miles round trip (4.8 mi in winter due to added distance on closed road)
  • Elevation gain: 440 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: June-November for hiking, snowshoeable from Marble Mountain Snow Park in the winter
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: yes
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

This delightful, easy hike is a great choice for the family. The trail gently climbs through a young forest along June Creek. Soon you reach a small sparkling lake and the views of Mt St Helens. Nice 40-foot waterfall plunges on the other side of the lake. Some good campsites are close to the lake.

If you want to ski or snowshoe to June Lake in winter, park at Marble Mountain Snowpark (snow pass will be required). Follow the closed road 1 mile to June Lake Trailhead; alternatively, you may take Pine Marten Trail No. 245E - it goes parallel to the road and is off-limits to snow machines. The trail starts at the far end of the trailhead parking lot.

Side trip options

To extend the hike, you may continue over lava field 1/4 mile to the Loowit Trail. Take Loowit trail west (left) and continue just over a mile to reach another 40-foot waterfall - Chocolate Falls. In the right conditions, the falls' water is so saturated with ash from the volcano that it indeed looks like chocolate milk. However, the hike to Chocolate Falls would involve several traverses over lava fields and may be difficult for children. With a side hike to Chocolate Falls, total trip will be 5.7 miles out and back, with 1,150 feet of elevation gain.


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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • 100 Hikes in NW Oregon by William L. Sullivan


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