Mount St. Helens Area

 

 

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This is the entrance to the Ape Cave. Bring a coat because it gets really cold as you go further into the cave. Also bring a big flashlight or rent a lantern at the Forest Service Station before taking the hike in.

We also suggest you take the guided tour. It has some pretty cool information.

Many sites are available via online access with incredible pictures and background information.

 

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 Many visitors like to go to Windy Ridge for views of the mountain. When St. Helens erupted, it was heard as far away as British Columbia and California.

The heat from the ash was so hot that it stripped the paint off cars and melted just about anything that was plastic.

 

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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument has many activities and tours to take part in.  A wealth of information can be found here.

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May 18, 1980.  That's when the mountain exploded and ripped through the canyon as you see in this picture.  Fifty-seven people died that day, including David Johnston, a scientist that predicted the mountain would erupt. He was six miles north of the volcano at an observation point at the time of the eruption.

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Iron Creek Falls is located near Mount St. Helens and is only about 500 feet off Forest Service Road 25.

 

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The Cowlitz River is close to the St. Helens area, and is a popular river for sport fishing.

 

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While traveling along the high elevations along FSR 25, we encountered this view of another mountain. Any guesses?

 

(Mt. Hood)

 

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This picture was taken near Kalama. Other cities around this area include Kelso, Tenino and Battle Ground.

 

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This is Yake Lake as you travel toward St. Helens and the small town of Cougar.

 

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Swift Reservoir is the huge reservoir located near the mountain. This area is very popular for summer recreation.