The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Congress established Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to allow for the natural recovery of the land and for research and education on this process. Numerous roads, viewpoints and miles of trails have been replaced or created for you to explore by car, mountain bike, or foot. During the summer Forest Interpreters lead a wide range of activities, from short walks to amphitheater presentations.
Although the blast of the 1980 eruption killed every living thing above ground, wildflowers now bloom, and even elk have returned to the hills. You can see how the landscape is renewing itself, via three roadway approaches into the area, helicopter rides that go right into the crater, and hiking trails. There is also opportunity to camp within the blast zone, or fish in a new lake created by the 1980 eruption, or explore the 12,810 foot-long lava tube known as "Ape Cave". Located on the south side of the volcano, the tube was created by volcanic activity 1,900 years ago.
The Monument receives nearly 4 million visitors each year, and the volcano is the most climbed in North America.
Monument Headquarters. 42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601. Phone: 360-449-7800.
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...
Washington Off the Beaten Path, 9th Edition (Off the Beaten Path Series) by Chloe Ernst. This book features the unique things to see and do from quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions and unique finds to local dining. Travel off the beaten path for a one of a king experience. Order now...
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