M O U N T S T . H E L E N S
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Thursday, July 8, 2004
Highlights: Active volcano (eruption potential), mountain climbing, hiking, camping, steam vents
Atlas: Mount St. Helens
Address: Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, 3029 Spirit Lake Highway, Castle Rock, WA 98611
Hours: Open year round.
Fees: $15 - climb to crater rim (falling in - priceless), $5 daily, $30 annual - Northwest Forest Pass
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In 1980 Mount St. Helens blew approximately 1500 feet of her top and in the process created a huge mess. Fanning out north of the mountain's crater, the eruption's hot ash cloud scorched and scoured the valleys below, killing everything in its path for miles upon miles. Two years after the famous eruption, the mountain and the surrounding area was officially deemed a National Monument by the President and Congress. While tragic, the bright side of the eruption's aftermath provided a unique environment for scientific study. Scientists could now observe the slow return of plant and animal life to this once vibrant forest.
I only touched upon the southern reaches of Mount St. Helens during my road trip. To suppliment things, I've dug up some old pictures I took a few years back when I hiked to the mountain's crater rim.
Come with me for a quick peak at this amazing volcano...
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