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    Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge Hike

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    Very Easy
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    1.9 km
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    81 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge is just across from the Ape Canyon Trailhead, offering similar unique scenery to its more popular neighbor. This canyon is thrilling, with a tall suspension bridge, waterfalls, ladders, and exposed cliffsides. While the beginning of this trail is a bit more kid-friendly, it gets more daunting as you go, so feel free to turn back if it becomes too much for your group. We also offer a guide for the entire Lava Canyon Trail beyond the bridge.

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    Route Description for Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge Hike

    The Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge is a fun hike with varied terrain and impressive scenery. There’s some narrow cliffside hiking, a ladder to climb, and a cool bridge to cross. While this hike isn’t too long, it’s not the best fit for small kids or those who are scared of heights unless you turn back at the end of the bridge.

    If you choose to hike past the bridge, stay on the trail to avoid getting stranded on narrow, rocky sections. The footing can be very loose in places, so poles are definitely recommended.

    Begin from the trailhead. You’ll pass the interpretive site (stop in to learn more about the region’s volcanic history) and switchback along the river. Cross the bridge, a highlight for kids, and then decide if you want to continue further. You can check out the falls, taking the trail on either side of the water to where they meet. There are lots of waterfalls along the trail, and the ladder climb comes near the end. Turn back from the end and follow the same route back.

    Getting to the Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge is at the end of Lava Canyon Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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