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A Day Hike Adventure on the South Side of Mount St. Helens

Dear U.S. Phenomenon,

I hope this email finds you well! I wanted to share an exciting adventure my friend Jake and I recently embarked upon. We decided to explore the beautiful south side of Mount St. Helens, and it turned out to be an unforgettable day.

We started our hike at June Lake, a sweet little trail that winds through lush forests. The air was crisp, and the scent of pine surrounded us. Jake, ever the practical one, had his topographic map and compass ready. I, on the other hand, had my camera slung over my shoulder, eager to capture the magic of the wilderness.

The trail led us to the Ape Cave lava tube—a fascinating underground world. We ventured deep into the darkness, our headlamps illuminating ancient rock formations. It felt like stepping back in time.

Next, we explored the Trail of Two Forests, where casts of trees entombed by lava told stories of volcanic eruptions long past. The boardwalk took us through a surreal landscape, and I couldn't help but marvel at nature's resilience.

Our final stop was Lava Canyon, where majestic waterfalls cascaded over columnar lava formations. The trail hugged the canyon walls, offering breathtaking views. Jake and I stood there, awestruck by the raw power of nature.

As we hiked back to our starting point, I couldn't help but feel a sense of wonder. The whispers of the forest, the ancient rocks, and the hidden beauty—all of it left an indelible mark on our souls.

If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend exploring the south side of Mount St. Helens. It's a place where adventure and mystery converge, and every step feels like a discovery.

Thank you for your time, and may your own adventures be just as remarkable!

Warm regards,



(1) Visit - South Side | Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center.

(2) June Lake — Washington Trails Association.

(3) Ape Caves & Volcano Viewpoint — The Mountaineers.

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