The Trail of Two Forests a Hidden Treasure South of Mount St. Helens


The Trail of Two Forests Interpretive Site offers a short jaunt for those returning from the recently reopened-Ape Cave on the south side of Mount St. Helens. There, a boardwalk trail elevates visitors over an ancient lava field now covered in a lush blanket of moss.

The gaping holes and tubes seen here are the remnants of the rare basaltic eruption that wreaked havoc on the mountain 2,000 years ago. Back then, lava poured out of the volcano, and trees were quickly engulfed. As the lava cooled and the trees burned, near-perfect casts were created. One tunnel, formed by fallen trees encompassed by lava, created a claustrophobic crawl space visitors can now move through on their hands and knees.

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