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“Volcano adventure”

WIndy Ridge Viewpoint
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Mount St Helen's is a lesson in history, geology, nature and humanity. The Windy Ridge entrance to the park is less traveled, uncrowded and makes a great approach to those who like the road less traveled. You can order a DVD copy of the educational film to watch in advance of your visit to make up for the fact there is no visitor center. The interpretive signs and sites en route are well done. You are traveling through the blast zone here, so you will get a good solid education even if this is the only area you visit. Need a not-so-strenuous hike? Park at the Independence Pass trail head. You only need to hike in about a mile to get an outstanding view of Spirit Lake at the foot of the now exposed volcanic cone. If you enjoy a physical challenge, hike from the Norway Pass trail head. Scenery here may not be as "pretty" as other parks, but it's a real eye-opening experience. The terrain is ash and brush, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The roads are winding, curvy and even falling away in some places. Drivers beware.

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

A rough road with sharp curves -caution required- for about 40 min to go there. Breathtaking and closer views of the crater than in Johnston Ridge Point that we did two years ago. No crowd, no gift shop, no food, no refreshment (fill up gas tank and take drinks with you), no visitor center, no tour buses... Nothing but a feeling of world's end in a wild nature, sometimes lunar, and the terrifying scars of the eruption, even if the forest is reborn. Go up to the last parking lot to contemplate the volcano closer. Just great wind and total silence there : a strange impression of being alone and at the mercy of the monster... Spirit Lake down under with thousands of tree trunks on surface. Miner's car view point -sinister and very impressive- (car wreck of three people who unfortunately died in the eruption). Hiking possible / see USDA MSH-NVM site for the online map. A very different way to see the real strength of Mt St Helens, so far away from the beaten tracks.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Worth the drive or hike to see Mt St Helens and Spirit lake. Johnston Ridge to the west has great movies and visitor center

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Reviewed February 21, 2016
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Reviewed September 1, 2015
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