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mt st. helens july 2020

Had visited the area 12 years ago but never able to make it to this center as it was snowed in... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2020
jbarrett5
Wonderful views, trails, and films

The observatory has a few films about Mt. St. Helen's and its eruption, and a few exhibits as well... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2019
Karen M
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Fathers Day retreat to the mountain! Also stopped at Coldwater lake for the shoreline hike also with views of the mountain.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank medicarekev
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

Some of the displays need to be updated, they are becoming hard to read. Amazing view - indisputably - even on a cloudy day. Stay for the documentaries - they are worth it. One more about the geology, the other about the plants. Pretty cold up there and can get really windy so be prepared. Bring your own food if you plan to stay a while. There is a pet area but they are restricted to the parking area - NOWHERE else. Three school buses full of students were there when we visited but even then, we managed to see everything without being too crowded. The rangers have a way of dispersing the crowd so everyone can enjoy, not an easy task.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mike5466
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

2 great video's show abuout the actual volcano and about the eco recovery and what they have learned from it. GREAT VIEW makes you fell like you can reach out and touch it.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank lynncrist
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

The view of Mt St Helens is beautiful. The rangers are friendly, and inside of the information center, they have some informative things to look at. There is no food except for some trail mix sold at the counter, so bring your own. There are several trails to follow, which are beautiful— be ready for some exertion, however. Even the short ones require a steady foot as there are rocks in the dirt paths that you might trip on if you are not careful, and the road is very close to long, steep drops.

All in all, nice place to see the nature and the volcano.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Breid5
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

During our long drive to the top we had numerous glimpses of the mountain. It was worth the drive because the view here can not be beat. You look right into the section that was blown off.

A small fee gets you access to the exhibits and movie. The exhibits are pretty good. The movie is wonderful, especially the end. That makes the entry fee worth it. My kids did the Junior Ranger Badge. There are a number of ranger led programs for adults as well.

Very small gift shop. Pressed penny machines.

This site, coupled with the Forrest Lawn facility, made a wonderful day.

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank MommaJage
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