Crawl through tree molds and lava tubes on the Two Forest Trail

Washington’s Mount St. Helens has long been a hotspot for volcanic activity. Plus, the mountain actually provides a window into the past allowing you to see the region’s rich volcanic history through its trails. The Two Forests Trail is a unique opportunity to go underground and come face to face with lava tubes and tree mold.

If you’re a fan of Washington’s most unique hiking trails, you’re probably familiar with the nearby Ape Cave Lava Tube. The Two Forests Trail is somewhat similar in that its big draw is the tunnels formed by lava. However, the trail also gives you a glimpse of two forests, both scorched by lava but with different looks.

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Compared to Ape Cave, Two Forests is shorter and probably a bit more comfortable for those of you who don’t want to spend so much time underground.

Not only that, but once you’re inside the tunnels, you’ll notice that the pattern of the walls and ceiling around you looks a lot like tree bark. And that’s because in the past, the tunnels you crawl through are actually tree mold, i.e. the remains of trees from previous volcanic eruptions. It’s a cool experience and something you can’t do in many other places.

So if you’re ready to start your hike, be sure to pack warm clothes, a flashlight, and get ready to peek into Washington’s volcanic past.

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