The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
More Mount St. Helens
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.
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...
Day Hiking, South Cascades by Dan Nelson. Introducing next-generation trail guides for the Northwest. More day hikes, with options for extending the trip; hike selection conveniently arranged by highway and travel corridors; more hikes close to urban centers; more year-round hikes at low elevation; clear driving directions; a portable size; and more use of color. Order now...
Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume II by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield. Features 100 routes, including top favorite sport and crag climbing areas. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, several with route overlays. Highlights fun, quality climbs for all skill levels. Order now...
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