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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Mountaineering, Hiking
Description: While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists flock to...
While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists flock to see what remains of this famous volcano.
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Mt St Helen's

Hard to get to, little food, 104 mile RT to the I5; allow 3-4 hrs with driving, hikes, visitor center time

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Hard to get to, little food, 104 mile RT to the I5; allow 3-4 hrs with driving, hikes, visitor center time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

"Awesome" is rather an overused word however it is valid in this instance. Our trip to Mount St Helens was wonderful, partly thanks to beautiful clear weather and excellent visibility. We drove to Johnston Ridge first (just over 50 miles from I5) and it took just over an hour. The views were spectacular and the visitor centre itself was really... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

First of all, I will start with our biggest mistakes climbing the Mount Helens for others to have in mind.Since it was our very first time climbing a 4,345 feet Volcano,our mistake was,we over-packed leaving us with extreme heavy baggage on our backs up to the very peak of the peak! It was a very strenuous climb and dangerous since... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We had visited from the west on a previous visit, like most people. So this time we entered the park from the east side. We highly recommend it for spectacular scenery and very informative information at all the pullouts. However, it is a very long drive from anywhere. The roads are all paved, but the ones getting to that area... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is not your average tourist destination. It is also obvious in the media because it is not promoted as much as Rainier is. But a friend suggested we go there. So on our drive back from Portland we had to pick between Rainier and St Helens and we ended up picking the latter. We parked at the first visitor... More 

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Lancaster, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The Johnston Ridge observatory was wonderful. We had the National Park pass, so it didn't cost us anything, but there is an $8 fee per adult to take the trail. There are no picnic tables at the observatory, but the ranger said we could eat our picnic at the outdoor amphitheater. Views are amazing! The information inside the museum was... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

As with most things in Washington, the weather is key. When we drove up there, we got lucky to see Mt. St. Helens from the Observatory. The visitor center is 45 minutes before you reach the observatory but you can stop by there to see what the view possibly will be like before you make the rest of the drive.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I love Mount Saint Helens. There is a museum on the mountain. There is movies and it taught my kids that Mt. Saint Helens didn't kill everything. That animals still lived. I loved it and I highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Natalie and I drove up to Johnston Ridge observatory in mid August. The road up to the observatory was in excellent condition, and the traffic was light. (note we made the trip on a Wednesday mid morning). We did stop at Hummock trail and did an easy 2.5 mile hike before proceeding to the top. While at the observatory, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We camped Near Stevenson Washington, and took a day ride locally and up to the mountain. The roads are awesome, until nearing the observation area, where the road is a bit washed out and sagging in places. The views are breathtaking. Seeing the devastation that took place when the mountain erupted, is amazing. 100 mph , 300' winds blew over... More 

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