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Address: Castle Rock, WA
Activities: Driving
Description: A broad scenic route stretching from I-5 right through the Mount St...
A broad scenic route stretching from I-5 right through the Mount St. Helens blast area.
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Crooked road

This is a crooked road but its a breath taking beautifu drive. Gas up before you leave castle rock and take a lunch along. Lots of beautiful country to look at. Gods handiwork is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2014
Tammi L
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Denton, Texas
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Denton, Texas
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124 reviews 124 reviews
50 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a crooked road but its a breath taking beautifu drive. Gas up before you leave castle rock and take a lunch along. Lots of beautiful country to look at. Gods handiwork is awesome!

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Langley City, Canada
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99 reviews 99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

You're not up here just for the drive, you're on your way to see Mount St. Helens from Johnston Ridge Observatory. And there's no other way to get there. But the highway itself is very nice. You'll probably want to stop at all the points along the way for pictures and to take in the scenery. If something seems strange... More 

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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355 reviews 355 reviews
107 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Superb road up to the Observatory. It is a long drive 52 miles but it's worth the effort. Stop off and marvel at Mt St Helen's at the numerous view points. Be warned there is no organised foot at the end of the drive. Drive and enjoy.

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Scotland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

It you like driving among spectacular scenery, you'll love this. Someone else here calls it a 'winding mountain road' - well, sort of - but it's magnificently constructed, wide, with careful attention paid to gradients and curve radiuses. The curves swoop along the high sides of the valley, built there rather than on the valley floor so that the road... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful drives I've ever done. The forests are recovering from the blast and you can see signs of life everywhere. A yearling elk even crossed the road a few feet ahead of me. But the changing views of the volcano are the most amazing thing about this road. It's definitely worth it to make... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
97 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The 54-mile drive on the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway from Interstate 5 to the Johnston Ridge Observatory has to be one of the most scenic drives in the Pacific Northwest. I remember mile after mile of pristine, heavily forested countryside, the Toutle river valley, and an array of snow-capped peaks before the highway terminated with sweeping views of the land... More 

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new york
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

very beautiful drive always interesting to go from a foot of sow to green grass and fall leaves in an hour drive time

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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Nothing to dislike-- a pretty drive, and lots of veiwpoints of the valley-- but the mountain was totally engulfed in clouds and not visible.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Take your time, make the stops. Amazing trip that lots of North Westerner's miss. We spent the day making our way up and down the highway.

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Spokane, WA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

There were plenty of places to stop for pictures, visitors centers to visit, and amazing views. Be sure to stop at the very pretty Coldwater Lake.

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