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While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists flock to see what remains of this famous volcano.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hiked Harry's Ridge trail in October. The fall colors were just stunning. At the end of the trail you have a great view of the Spirit Lake and the open crater of Mt. Helens just in front of you. Not too difficult trail to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Iwona K
Reviewed November 14, 2018

A day trip or two, ideally an overnight trip from Seattle or Portland, how long you stay depends on what you're interested in. On the west side, the Forest Learning Center, Coldwater Lake, and the Johnston Observatory are highlights; on the south side the Ape...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

There is quite a bit of info out there about climbing Mt. St. Helens. I summited on September 5, 2018. It was much more difficult then I expected. First the first, then seven giant boulder piles, then the ash at the very top. Once you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank wegougo
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

The final last words on-site at the mountain spoken to the Vancouver station monitoring the volcano. I had no idea of the destruction. Wow. It’s a must-do if you have time. Please listen to a Ranger-led talk about the eruption. Tour the Johnston Ridge center...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

During the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, Spirit Lake received the full impact of the blast from the volcano. I remember where I was that May day in 1980 and it was a must for me to see this while in the area. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Violette54
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We remember the eruption of Mt. St. Helens so we had to visit the site! The documentation and videos were sobering. The magnificent and dangerous power of nature was sobering, and the immense size of the eruption was truly amazing. The destruction and devastation is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

I'm happy these days to pay a premium and book small group tours to get a more personal experience. Tour company Evergreen Escapes does just that and my group only had 7 plus the tour guide/ driver. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dante G
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Actually one of the best kept secrets in the world. Beautiful scenery everywhere including the mountain itself, the big tree forests and view of nearby mountains. Countless hiking and driving opportunities. No, it won't erupt again without plenty of warning. Regarding taking dogs, research the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank leaning
Reviewed September 22, 2018

Permits for summit sellout when they go on sale each February...I got mine on the secondary site (purmit). Hiking the summit was a must do during my visit to the area Permit: $22 Car park:$5 Time: 7 hours, 20 minutes Challenging hike with bouldering, minor...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Summerasalifestyle
Reviewed September 16, 2018

We had waited all summer to get permits for this summit and it was totally worth it. Permits are released way in advance by the national park service and are needed to go above the ~6000 ft mark. The way up is half boulder field,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Luke Y
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