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Cave in Mt St Helens

Ape Cave

Ape Cave is a 2-mile-long lava tube formed 2000 years ago by a lava flow that followed a deep watercourse. It's the longest lava tube in the western hemisphere. Hikers can walk and scramble on either the 0.8-mile Lo…
Viewpoint in Mt St Helens

Spirit Lake & Windy Ridge Viewpoint

The most remote entrance to Mt St Helens is the eastside entrance, which is worth journeying to for the Windy Ridge viewpoint. From here you'll get a slightly chilling visual of how destructive the blast was in 1980…
Observatory in Mt St Helens

Johnston Ridge Observatory

Situated at the end of Hwy 504 and looking directly into the mouth of the Mt St Helens crater, the observatory has exhibits that depict the geologic events surrounding the 1980 blast and how they advanced the scienc…
Museum in Mt St Helens

Mt St Helens Silver Lake Visitor Center

Situated 5 miles east of Castle Rock, this center is the best introduction to Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument. There's a classic film and various exhibits including a mock-up of the volcano where you can duc…
American in Mt St Helens

Cougar Grill

Zero competition hasn’t left the Cougar Grill resting on its laurels. On the contrary, this little middle-of-nowhere abode makes a heavy impression on passing travelers, itinerants, summiteers and people who took th…
Museum in Mt St Helens

Mt St Helens Forest Learning Center

Situated at Mile 33 on Hwy 504, the learning center is basically a showcase for the lumber industry, though it does run another interesting film about the eruption. There are restrooms and a gift shop on-site.
Lake in Mt St Helens

Coldwater Lake

Coldwater Lake, 43 miles east of Castle Rock, was created in 1980 when water backed up behind a dam caused by debris was brought down by the eruption. The recreation area here (restrooms, phone, boat launch) is the …
American in Mt St Helens

Fire Mountain Grill

A not untypical American grill menu is enhanced here by its unexpectedness (there’s nothing else for miles around), great views and pleasant new location (it has moved into the elegant 19 Mile House, just up the roa…