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Address: Castle Rock, WA
Phone Number: 360-274-5200
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A broad scenic route stretching from I-5 right through the Mount St. Helens...

A broad scenic route stretching from I-5 right through the Mount St. Helens blast area.

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A stunning stretch of two lane blacktop

This is a fantastic stretch of road - certainly the best that I have ventured in USA. The actual road surface is in great condition so you can really enjoy all the twists and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
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Avon, Ohio
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1,050 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, also known as Hwy 504, stretches for about 52 miles (84k) from Castle Rock to Mount St Helens. Once one leaves Castle Rock, the first half of the drive is rather mundane but as one approaches the halfway point, the road begins to wind and various visitor centers, each with their own view of the volcano,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

This is a fantastic stretch of road - certainly the best that I have ventured in USA. The actual road surface is in great condition so you can really enjoy all the twists and turns on the way up to and down from the volcano which lives at the end of the road. There are plenty of opportunities to stop... More 

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Anacortes, Washington
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great road. Excellent condition. Extreme vistas. Takes you to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Well worth the time.

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Thank MRDyer2013
Otley West Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

We took our time and had plenty of stops along the road. Lots of view points to to get out and see how the eruption changed the landscape and how it's slowly recovering. Stunning views

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Thank bryan61
Byron Center, Michigan
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This is very well maintained road leading to the volcano. Do watch your speed has the elevation increases and you have to make the curves.

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Thank David P
Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The drive from Castle Rock to Mt. St. Helens is a beautiful drive - but it is very disappointing to me that the destruction from the eruption of Mt. St. Helens has been fully replaced by tree farms (all but about the last couple of miles). I have nothing against tree farms - but it certainly would have been far... More 

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Thank Susanne L
Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Excellent condition of roadway and several respectable bridges that make up this highway, along with grand vista viewpoints of landscapes leading up to Mount St. Helens at Johnston Ridge Observatory. A very enjoyable drive.

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Great Falls, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great drive, the re growth was unbelievable. Slow winding road where you can see the results of the eruption. The highway and bridges are great. Make sure to spend lots of time at the observatory

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful mountain scenery. The 1 mile walk thru the wetlands at the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center was easy and beautiful. The Visitor Center does a great job depicting the volcano. Nice day trip.

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Medford, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great drive through beautiful and frightening scenery that reminds you at every turn of the power of nature via volcanoes! Do not forget to bring your camera, a sense of amazement, and a willingness to buckle your seat belts! From traditionally beautiful mountain to devastated landscape that looks more like another planet, you will be amazed if you pay attention.... More 

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