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We visited the volcanic Monument in late October. It was rainy and cold but once you see the monument, it is all worth it. We watched the 15 minute movie at the observation center which was very informative
We stopped at Mt. St. Helens on our way north thru Gifford Pinchot national forest to Mt. Rainier We drove the east side access road to the Windy Ridge Viewpoint. We went past Spirit Lake. The lake shore is still littered with the fallen tree...More
An incredible site to see. We stopped at the visitors center to walk around. Watched a video and learned so much about the devastation the eruption in 1980. I was 12 and remember it happened, but none of the details. The day was cloudy, but...More
What an amazing site. Remember back in 1980 when it erupted. My husband and I have wanted to see this site for years, finally got there. The Visitor Center at Johnston Ridge Observatory is a great bonus to the site itself. When you go, take...More
We were excited to finally go, but were quickly disappointed because the clouds obstructed the mountain completely! The visitors center was entertaining for all ages and was clean. I would recommend calling ahead for visibility info or checking that online.
We didn’t get to see this since there were so many clouds. But the visitor centers names should be changed because our maps did not take us there. However the visitor center at silver lake was very nice!
Plan to devote an entire day for this adventure. From Carson. WA, it takes about 2 1/2 hours to drive one way. The drive is very scenic. There are a few places along the way to picnic, so pack a lunch. McClellan viewpoint is one...More
This is a great stop if you are anywhere in the area. It is amazing that it has only been less than 40 years since this erupted. The views are great. Don’t forget to go in and pay. The money keeps the parks running.
Interstate 5, exit 49 will take you to Mt, St. Helen`s visitor center. Your at an elevation of 500` you will pas "Silver Lake" on to Toutle the last services stop. stay with route 504. Mount St. Helen`s is at 8,365 feet, spectacular just spectacular.
What stunning scenery you can see on the mountain drive... We visited the observatory and looked right into the crater of Mount saint Helens.. the center has lots of information and some activities you can participate in... A thoroughly enjoyable educational day