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"Itinerary 3: Wildlife Adventures - Mount St. Helens & Wolfhaven


Day 1: Mount St. Helens & Wolf Haven (100 miles)
Day 2: Nisqually Wildlife Refuge & NW Trek (75 miles)
Day 3: Issaquah/Snoqualmie Falls, Padilla Bay National Marine Reserve (110 miles)
Day 4: Whale Watching/Nature Cruise San Juan Islands

Day One: Mount St. Helens & Wolf Haven

Forest Learning Center:
Operated by Weyerhaeuser Company, the Center focuses on what happened during the St. Helens eruption, salvage efforts and the forest’s return.
Vista points provide a great spot to see the Toutle River Valley and local elk herds. The closest you can get to the crater is 52 miles away at Johnston Ridge Observatory, where the road ends. Along the way, you’ll get views of the crater, lava dome, and blast zone, which extended to the current Hoffstadt Bridge.

Johnston Ridge Observatory:
The closest center to Mt. St. Helens, inside the blast zone. The film here is followed by a dramatic view of the mountain itself, and you can view the lava dome, pumice plain and landslide deposits. Closed November through April.

Wolf Haven International:
Enjoy a guided tour of a private wolf sanctuary, featuring an opportunity to see rehabilitated wolves. The center also offers Prairie and Mima Mounds Tours from mid-April through late June. Tour guide will take you through the prairie habitat and reveal the natural phenomenon of the Mima Mounds.
Overnight: Olympia

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