US NorthWest 2017 Travel (7) - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Changde Wu 2017-11-22
Mount St. Helens is an active volcano, and its latest eruption was May 8th, 1980. It is also the most destructive volcano eruption in US history. The eruption collapsed half of the cinder cone, and the flood caused by snow melting destroyed several villages, roads and bridges. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was setup in 1992, administrated by National Forrest Service.
Visitors can comes to the Mount St. Helens from 3 different sites, i.e. Johnston Ridge Observatory, Lava Canyon and Windy Ridge respectively, with Johnston Ridge Observatory most popular. When we came in late June 2017, Windy Ridge was still closed. So, we only visited the other two. Since these locations are not connected, it will take several hours of drive from one place to another. So, please be conservative when you make a trip plan for Mount St. Helens.