Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Roxie12chick
Olympia, WA76 contributions
Gorgeous September day
Sep 2020 • Solo
Johnston Ridge Observatory was closed but the Mountain was out in all of her glory. A beautiful day and quite a few people were there as well, most had masks but not all.
Written 6 September 2020
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StevoinMinnesoto
Cottage Grove, MN577 contributions
Worth the long drive
Sep 2019
Located about 40 miles east of the visitor center on winding roads, this is the only way to and from I-5 so you have to take the same road down as you took up. The views on this road are quite spectacular and you get glimpses of the volcano on your way up before finally ending up in different parking lots that offer unrestricted views that take your breath away when you realize this happened in just seconds. We hiked one of the trails that led to the last parking lot but only made it a bit more than halfway as the trail became very narrow with a tremendous drop off if you slipped on the sand. There was nothing to grab onto if you did slip and the bottom was probably over 100 feet down. That being said, we can highly recommend this Monument. It's spectacular.
Written 28 February 2020
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cherylyosh
San Francisco, CA307 contributions
Volcanic
Oct 2019
My husband and I visited the Mt. St. Helens National Monument. The drive was well worth while! We loved the video documenting the explosion, creating the national monument. The footage was absolutely captivating. The look out center was perfect for viewing Mt. St. Helens and surrounding area. The visitor center was interesting from the standpoint of many survivors' stories of personal experiences.
Written 8 November 2019
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Les J
Murrieta, CA555 contributions
Be sure to watch both videos
Aug 2019
As a retired science type, I love these kinds of things. What I am not enthralled with is crowds. These places are usually loved to death so I try to avoid peak times. Mid-afternoon, midweek, mid-August it wasn’t too crowded by their standards. It was for mine. For the first time visitor a good understanding of the event is available if they’ll take a few minutes & read the displays. Most definitely watch the videos. Being one who tried to survey the area immediately after the eruption (couldn’t, the freeways were closed from Redding north due to ash), but has visited multiple times, starting with before any visitors’ center was constructed, I am still in awe of how little we do truly understand about God’s handiwork - in spite of what my fellow science types would profess.
Written 15 October 2019
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Arlethea M
Boise, ID42 contributions
THE Geological Event of our Lifetime (if you were alive in 1980)
Sep 2019
We drove into the monument from I-5 on the west side (there are other entrances.) You will drive about 28 miles to get to the meat of the exhibits. One website I found strongly advised stopping at the Forest Education Center about halfway up. We did, but this is NOT much about the volcano. It's a Weyerhauser-sponsored PR exhibit explaining its forest practices. If you have a lot of time and interest in their reforestation efforts, do this. But, you really, really want to go all the way up to the Johnston Observatory. The exhibits are terrific. The video they show is a bit full of trendy edits that can be disjointed and annoying, but it's still worth seeing. You will get a clear idea of just how devastating and powerful the 1980 eruption of this active volcano really was. And you'll be fascinated by the ongoing monitoring. You will walk away with a newfound respect for the scientists who study volcanoes and an even deeper respect for the power of our planet. You will see fascinating survivor stories from people who were on the mountain the day of the eruption. And if you're lucky enough to arrive on a clear day, there are a number of viewing stations where you can see the volcano and the new dome(s) it is building. It can be windy and cool up there, even in summer, so dress accordingly. Plan at least an hour or more!
Written 10 September 2019
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