I am still trying to understand why I agreed to ride 97 miles to Lava Canyon on the south side of Mount St. Helen. I guess it is because I was told that the trek would be about the same distance as the one the day before and we would see waterfalls, cross a swinging bridge and climb down a 40 ft ladder.
The trail explores an area scoured by mudflows during the 1980 eruption. The trail began as a paved, barrier free trail but quickly changed to a very challenging trail, which included a 1.4 mile loop with a suspension bridge. The trail got very narrow and steep. At times we had to cross small streams stepping from rock to rock or log to log. There was a section that we had to hold onto a chain that was in the rocks to cross a rocky area that water was flowing. Below were more rocks and the waterfall. I looked once but decided that was enough.