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Washington

Itinerary 1: Mount St. Helens

Itinerary 1:
Day 1: Vancouver
Day 2: Columbia River Gorge (100 miles roundtrip)
Day 3: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (200 miles roundtrip)
Day 4: Lewis & Clark Trail and the Pacific Ocean (250 miles roundtrip)

Day 3 Mt. St. Helens Nat’l. Volcanic Monument

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument:
Learn about the May 18, 1980 eruption that forever changed the landscape of Mount St. Helens. This world-class natural attraction offers year-round educational visitor centers and an abundance of scenic and wildlife viewing.

Mount St. Helens Silver Lake Visitor Center (Fee Area): Visitors will be introduced to area history and the powerful events that took place during the 1980 eruption. Take in outstanding views as you walk the Silver Lake Wetlands Trail. Mount St. Helens Silver Lake Visitor Center is on State Parks land adjacent to Seaquest State Park on State Route 504, five miles east of Interstate 5The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake is one of two visitor centers with information about the volcano. The USDA Forest Service operates the Johnston Ridge Observatory, which is located at milepost 52 on State Route 504. For information about this center, please visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument site, see link further below.

Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center (Free Admission): Great views of Mount St. Helens and the mudflow. Around the center you can watch Ash Glassblowing demonstrations or walk through the Memorial Grove for those who died at Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. For the more adventurous traveler, get a bird’s eye view of Mount St. Helens with a helicopter ride to the edge of the safety zone. A restaurant is available for group reservations. Located 27 mi up the 504.

Weyerhaeuser Forest Learning Center (Free Admission): Inside the center you can take a walk through a lifelike forest, experience the Eruption Theater, view grazing elk, and discover how private forests are managed for products.

Johnston Ridge Observatory (Fee Area): Great views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain and the landslide deposits. Programs display the sequence of geologic events and a dramatic film relives the eruption.
Call ahead for hours of operation and to arrange for group tour admission. The USDA Forest Service operates the Johnston Ridge Observatory, which is located at milepost 52 on State Route 504. For information about this center, please visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument site, see link further below.

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GPS Coordinates

1 -- Mt. St. Helens Vistor Center at Silver Lake
Decimal Lat: 46.328246 / Lon: -122.489116
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