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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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Spectacular Canyon/Valley views

This is a beautiful safe highway to the mountain. While it is a long way up, there is much to see, Elk, deer and a variety of small critters too. You can view timber cuts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a beautiful safe highway to the mountain. While it is a long way up, there is much to see, Elk, deer and a variety of small critters too. You can view timber cuts that are designed to renew the forests. Enjoy the ride!

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Denton, Texas
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140 reviews 140 reviews
50 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
26 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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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376 reviews 376 reviews
111 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 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
181 helpful votes 181 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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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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