Saturday, February 5, 2011

A hidden gem

This was a short jaunt up a gentle slope to June Lake, a shallow pool located on the southern flank of Mount St. Helen. The trail was full of dirty, compacted snow and led our group through the woods for about two miles before popping out onto a lava flow. It was difficult to truly appreciate the lava flow since several feet of snow covered the ground but there were plenty of lava rocks dotting the broad field. Within minutes (and a Snickers bar later), we arrived at the lake, which was nestled against a stand of trees with a little waterfall barely visible through the mist.
St. Helen was obscured by the weather - as were the rest of the views - but finding this little gem made the day worth it.

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