The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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With the exception of limited food service at the Cold Water Ridge Visitor Center, you will have to look outside the boundaries of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to find food, lodging and other services. To help you in your search, we have listed below several communities with services catering to Mount St. Helen's visitors. Population figures, where given, are for incorporated cities and towns from the 1997 U.S. Census Estimate.
The communities are listed in terms of their distance along Interstate 5 (I-5) as measured from State Route (SR) 504, the primary access route for visiting Mount St. Helens.
North of State Highway 504.
Olympia, WA. 56 miles north of SR 504 on I-5. Population, 38,650.
Centralia, WA. 33 miles north of SR 504 on I-5. Population, 13,480.
Chehalis, WA. 29 miles north of SR 504 on I-5. Population, 7,035.
State Highway 504
Castle Rock, WA Intersection of SR 504 and I-5. Population, 2,115.
Toutle. About 7 miles east of I-5 on State Highway 504.
South of State Highway 504
Kelso, WA. 10 miles south of SR 504 on I-5. Population, 11,950.
Longview. 11 miles south of SR 504 on I-5. Population, 33,620.
Vancouver, WA. 49 miles south of SR 504 on I-5. Population, 127,900.
Portland, OR. 54 miles south of SR 504 on I-5.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson. Learn the history and science of one of the largest eruptions and the effects of the aftermath through personal stories and accounts of those caught in the disaster. Illustrations and maps enable a greater understanding of this tragic event. Order now...
Day Hiking Mount St. Helens by Craig Romano and Aaron Theison. This Mountaineers Book features every trail within and around the monument. Hikes are arranged by regions with trail descriptions, directions to trailheads and difficulty ratings along with other useful information and photographs. Order now...
Mount St. Helens 35th Anniversary Edition: The Eruption and Recovery of a Volcano by Rob Carson. Along with remarkable before-and-after images, this 35th-anniversary retrospective captures the human drama leading up to the eruption and two decades of subsequent scientific research of the amazing post-blast ecological recovery. Order now...
A Falcon Guide to Mount St. Helens: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors by Fred Barstad. This book is a comprehensive guide to this world-renowned attraction, with a close-up look at the destruction and recovery of the area. The guide includes detailed information on the natural and cultural history of the area, recreational opportunities, and historical, geological, and natural exhibits. Order now...
In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens by Charles Goodrich, Kathleen Dean Moore and Frederick Swanson. This book presents a cross-pollination of literary and scientific perspectives on the mountain's history of cataclysm and renewal. Discover the gifts of beauty, scientific illumination and of hope. Order now...
Portrait of Mount St. Helens: A Changing Landscape by Chuck Williams (Author) and Stuart Warren (Contributor). View the grandeur and the intimate detail of this beloved mountain as seen by 19th-century painters and pioneers as well as contemporary photographers. Order now...
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