Mount St Helens is such a fascinating place, full of history and beauty in a strange, awe-inspiring kind of way. We are so glad we stopped.
The website is totally biased, as it's maintained by the logging company. Not knowing that, we took their advice ("Forest Learning Center, Mile marker 33 on SR 504, this is undoubtedly the best exhibit on the mountain") and went there first. Bias notwithstanding, it IS an interesting stop (and free, as they are quick to point out), but I do wish we'd stopped at the first info center (run by WA state, admission $5 adults, $2.50 kids) to get unbiased information.
The Forest Learning Center is interesting, teaching visitors all about wood and logging, and reforesting efforts. Very educational, worth the stop.
But the truly great part of this visit is the Johnston Observatory. It has a terrific movie, good ranger talks (we listened to two, including the very easy-to-"earn" jr ranger one), and informative displays. Highly recommended. Don't know the cost, as we are national park pass holders.
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