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Pika Trail Snowshoe Loop

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens
46.1313, -122.1708 Map & Directions
Length
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
900 feet
Highest Point
3400 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Mount St. Helens along the Pika Trail Snowshoe Loop. Hiker Dave. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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Sno-Parks Permit

The Pika Trail is a scenic winter non-motorized connector trail between Swift Trail 244 and June Lake Trail 216B. Continue reading

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Hiking Pika Trail Snowshoe Loop

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.

Hike Description Written by
Susan Saul, WTA Correspondent

Pika Trail Snowshoe Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.1313, -122.1708 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Sno-Parks Permit

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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.

More Hike Details

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

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

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