Headed to Mt St. Helens for a hike this morning. Utter perfection. The sky was so blue, the mountain was out in all of her glory(rare), and the drive up and back was magnificent. I got there early as it was to be in the...More
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Mt St Helens is beautiful and fantastic to see. If you are in the mood for an easier drive with great views...from the west side drive up highway 504 to the end. Fantastic views of the crater and spirit lake, as well as, LOTS of...More
We loved this side trip. The trip in to the visitors center seemed long. The drive out seemed short. The time spent at the center and the walks on the trails was wonderful. Good view, Good history.
The approach is long and winding. At some point, though St Helens was still hidden by terrain, I began to notice the tops of trees were missing and the ground was uniform grey and granular. Then I came around the last curve and came face...More
Lovely when the mist lifts and the mountain is all yours . . . for a few minutes. Marvel at the power of nature when you see the trees filling the lake when the mountain blew 30 years ago.
So happy we made it here during our time in the Pacific Northwest. We made it here on our second attempt because the first day was too cloudy, but thankfully the weather cleared for us. This place is breathtaking. The observatory is packed with tons...More
We reached the parking lot of the Johnston Ridge Observatory shortly after 6p.m. The scenic drive took around 40 minutes (hardly any traffic). The visitor center had closed for the evening. It was still worth the drive and the time to view this majestic mountain!...More
I've started the trip with a visit to Johnston Ridge Observatory where I've found very interesting information about Mount St. Helens and the eruption from 1980. You may want to watch the very informative film about this incident. Also you may want to try the...More
The views are amazing. Make sure you take the hike up the hill, the view is worth the climb. The museum was pretty informative but the actual guided talk was informative, fun, and you get to learn what the mountain is currently doing.