Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

★★★★☆
  • 42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Rd

    Amboy, WA 98601

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  • 360-449-7800

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Following the May 1980 eruption, Mount St Helens started rumbling again in September 2004. The lava dome has been increasing in size daily, and there is the potential for a mini-explosion in the near future. So this is a good time to visit. Driving time from Portland is just over 2 hours to the visitor center, and 2 & a half hours to the observatory.
The Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center has a short video, interactive exhibits, a gift shop & a restaurant. A park ranger does regular talks during the day, and he often has a cart full of different volcanic rocks which you can touch & handle.
Johnston Ridge Observatory is slightly closer to the crater, and also has a video & exhibits, but does not have any food services. However it does have the Eruption Trail which is a half mile walk highlighting how the surrounding landscape was shaped by the eruption. The observatory is only open 4 or 5 months in the summer.

PROS: If you time it right, you could see a huge plume of smoke & ash.
CONS: Could drive all the way up there, and visibility could be zero.

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Following the May 1980 eruption, Mount St Helens started rumbling again in September 2004. The lava dome has been increasing in size daily, and there is the potential for a mini-explosion in the near future. So this is a good time to visit. Driving time from Portland is just over 2 hours to the visitor center, and 2 & a half hours to the observatory.
The Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center has a short video, interactive exhibits, a gift shop & a restaurant. A park ranger does regular talks during the day, and he often has a cart full of different volcanic rocks which you can touch & handle.
Johnston Ridge Observatory is slightly closer to the crater, and also has a video & exhibits, but does not have any food services. However it does have the Eruption Trail which is a half mile walk highlighting how the surrounding landscape was shaped by the eruption. The observatory is only open 4 or 5 months in the summer.

PROS: If you time it right, you could see a huge plume of smoke & ash.
CONS: Could drive all the way up there, and visibility could be zero.

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