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Spirit Lake Memorial Highway

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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 beautiful drive up to Mt St. Helens Information Centre!

A beautiful and lush drive up to the Mt St. Helens Information Centre. There are some great turn off look outs for photos of the valley and the volcano.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
mikeadey72
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Melbourne, Australia
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Hartsburg, Missouri
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331 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure why this is listed as an attraction, it's just a winding road leading to the Johnston observatory and the volcano. Nothing f interest to see from the road and not that pretty of a drive.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful and lush drive up to the Mt St. Helens Information Centre. There are some great turn off look outs for photos of the valley and the volcano.

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Colorado
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62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very pleasant 50 mile drive to the observatory ridge. The original road was destroyed in the 1980 eruption and some serious thought went into the reconstruction. Kudos to the engineers.

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Provo, Utah, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The whole drive up Toutle Valley is lush, green and beautiful. It's well worth the time to make the whole drive.

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San Diego, California
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243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Spirit Lake Highway is a beautiful drive, but a vast majority of it transects lumber company tree farms. Only the last little portion, which is actually within the National Monument, contains out of this world views with the lands naturally restoring themselves from the explosion.

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Clinton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Spirit Lake highway give you outstanding views of Mt. St. Helens all the way in. There are many viewing areas with historical markers giving information on the Mt. St. Helens eruption in May of 1980. The visitors center as well as the Johnston Ridge Observatory were closed when we were there in early May so plan your trip accordingly. You... More 

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Near Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

Dropped my son at Spirit Lake so he could bike up the highway and meet me at Coldwater Lake where I intended to kayak solo my first time. He pedaled, I drove to the Lake and paddled for hours until he reached the boat launch. The day was perfect with clear views of St Helens all day and 60 degree... More 

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Longview, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Spirit Lake Highway has several outstanding view points which allow you to look down into the mud flow. If you ever get the chance to go do it early or late in the day so that you can see the many herds of elk! If you go in September you may even hear the big bulls bugling...proving there aren't too... More 

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Odessa, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Several great viewpoints and decent road conditions ( some potholes ) overcast & snowing today so we couldn't see Mount Saint Helens today but it was still a great visit Les7h

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Avon, Ohio
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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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