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Pika Trail Snowshoe Loop

South Cascades

Location

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens
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Length

5.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 3400 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
 
 

Use the Pika Trail to make a 5 mile snowshoe or cross-country ski loop with 900 feet elevation gain from the Marble Mountain Sno-Park. From the Sno-Park, take Pine Marten Trail 244A east for one mile to June Lake Trail 216B. Ascend to June Lake, then take the Pika Trail west to Swift Trail 244 and descend 2 miles to the Sno-Park.

From June Lake, the scenic 0.6-mile Pika Trail climbs west across the jumbled, blocky basalt of the June Lake Lava Flow with great views of Mount St. Helens. This trail is easiest to traverse when the snow is deep enough to solidly cover the lava flow and bury the boulders. A few wooden posts mark the route across the lava flow. Look for a blue diamond where the trail enters the forest and continues to climb over a ridge to the forested junction with the Swift Trail.

The Pika Trail is best used as a winter trail since tread has not been built across the rough June Lake Lava Flow.

 

Pika Trail Snowshoe Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1313, -122.1708 Open map in new window

Trailhead

South Cascades -- Mount St. Helens

Pika Trail (#244D), Pine Marten Trail (#244A), June Lake Trail (#216B), Swift Trail (#244)

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Mount St. Helens (Craig Romano & Aaron Theisen, Mountaineers Books, 2015)

Green Trails Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument No. 332S

Buy the Green Trails Mount St. Helens NVM No. 332S map

Getting There

From I-5 at Woodland, drive State Route 503 east for 30 miles to Cougar. Continue east on SR 503, which becomes Forest Road 90, for 7 miles. Turn left on to FR 83 and go 6 miles to the Marble Mountain Sno-Park. Restroom available.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit
 

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