On May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens spewed 540 million tons of gas and ash, toppled miles of trees, and sent devastating debris flowing down its flanks. Two years later Congress established the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to allow the volcanically altered landscape to recover naturally and to provide for educational, recreational, and research opportunities. Today the 110,000-acre monument has become a world-renowned attraction, with many thousands of visitors each year. This book offers 23 trails — from short self-guided tours to multiday backpacks — that will help you get the most out of your time on this extraordinary mountain. Through explorations of Lava Canyon, the Plains of Abraham, and much more, the author offers a close-up look at the destruction and remarkable recovery of Mount St. Helens. He discusses the area’s natural and cultural history and points out the geological features, flora, and fauna that make this dynamic region so fascinating and unique.
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Trails from the "A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens" Guide Book