Spirit Lake Memorial Highway

Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, Castle Rock

Spirit Lake Memorial Highway

Spirit Lake Memorial Highway
4.5
Scenic Drives • Volcanoes
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A broad scenic route stretching from I-5 right through the Mount St. Helens blast area.
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD1 390 contributions
Fun Experience
Sep 2020
Even though it was foggy for a lot of the drive up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory and we could not see Mt. St. Helens nor any of the viewpoints due to the dense fog, we could still find evidence from the eruption as we drove along. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable drive, and I did like being surrounded by the heavy forest.
Written 7 September 2020
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csarchibald
San Marcos, CA4 147 contributions
Beautiful Scenic Drive Up the Mountain
Jul 2020
From the Mt. St. Helens Visitor center to the Johnston Observatory, you take a scenic drive along the Spirit Lake Highway. The wildflowers were in bloom everywhere and the views were incredible. There are several pullouts (viewpoints) along the way with great views of the mountain and the surroundings.
Written 25 August 2020
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Kristy
Huntsville, AL658 contributions
Beautiful Drive up the Mountain
Sep 2019
We enjoyed this drive up the mountain imagining how powerful the eruption was. The bridge is pretty along with the valleys.
Written 9 September 2019
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Warren G W
Rainier, OR1 614 contributions
Quite a change from 1950
Jul 2019
During the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in the 1980's, the old, winding, slightly-better-than-Forest Service road up to Spirit Lake and the Mountain was mostly obliterated. The new highway follows the old one until it crosses the Toutle Rive about 10 miles from Castle Rock. It then moves north and upward, offering magnificent views of the mountain, the Toutle River bed, and the surrounding terrain. It is a great engineering accomplishment.
Written 9 August 2019
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA5 492 contributions
Quite scenic
Jul 2019 • Couples
Lovely drive.

Great road.

Scenery is awesome all along the way.

Lots of scenic overlooks.

The drive is quite long but makes for a lovely day.
Written 12 July 2019
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Alicia Z
Mossyrock, WA25 contributions
Beautiful
Jun 2019 • Family
We took this hwy on our way to Mt St Helens and it was beautiful! You can still see evidence from the blast but nature has reclaimed its area! So beautiful!
Written 28 June 2019
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ki0ki
Williamsburg, VA6 298 contributions
50 miles from state visitor Center
May 2019 • Friends
Evidence from the 1980 blast is still remains and can be seen on the drive up closer to Mt. St. Helen's. New lakes and the mud slide path. Pieces of mountain that blew up your 14 miles away. Spectacular!
Written 3 June 2019
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78 171 contributions
A comfortable drive on Spirit Lake Memorial Highway
Aug 2018 • Couples
We did drive on Spirit Lake Memorial Highway and it was very comfortable. It was smooth to drive.

We saw lots of trees, the river and even bridge.

We enjoyed this highway.

A must see!
Written 9 May 2019
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mamahart7
Kelso, WA29 contributions
Drove up to the Elk Pullout on the way to the mountain. Couldn't go all the way up to the visitor center due to snow
Dec 2018 • Family
Coldwater Visitor center is open year round, I think, but Johnston Ridge is closed during the winter months. The drive up is spectacular with numerous views of the mountain, unless it' cloudy, then it's not visible.
Written 19 February 2019
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ4 774 contributions
Drove this road right after the eruption
May 2018 • Couples
The first time that I drove this road was in 1983, not too long after the eruption. There was nothing but gray ash, fallen trees, littered with pieces of houses, broken roofs and debris. It was eerie and you had to be alert for sirens in case you had to evacuate. I next traveled it 25 years later in 2009 and was delighted to see green landscape, trees and signs of life. Quite a difference. In 2018, it was covered in fog so I couldn't tell if anything changed. It is a nice drive. I couldn't see if there was nice viewpoints because of the fog.
Written 17 February 2019
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