Lava Canyon, in the south part of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, is a hike I've wanted to do for quite a while. It starts out tame enough, following a series of small cascades downstream, but soon those cascades became real waterfalls, and the trail got a lot steeper.
The sign at the trailhead was pretty scary!
And we soon figured out that every time we saw a Danger sign, there was a good view of a waterfall behind it.
The trail crosses the water a couple times, including a very wobbly suspension bridge.
The view from the bridge. Don't know how I managed to hold the camera still with all the bouncing!
Another off-trail detour to get a picture...
A perfect spot for lunch!
Yes, that's the trail - must be where they sketched the warning sign.
Can you see me coming down the steep trail? I'm not very good at downhills.
Sometimes it's easier to just go down on my butt.
Hey, if Sherry can hug trees, I can hug lava balls....
One more waterfall, where it was clear that the trail would be dropping quickly again.
We turned around there and started back. What a great hike - highly recommended!