Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument

Cougar, Washington

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Many of us can still vividly remember that fateful morning in May of 1980 when, after several months of rumbling and threatening, Mount St. Helens blew its top, sending over a thousand feet of its peak and much of the north face of the mountain high into the air in an explosion of unimaginable force. Ash and darkened skies blanketed hundreds of square miles downwind as far as Spokane. Everything in the immediate path of the blast was instantaneously destroyed by the combination of intense heat and winds of several hundred miles per hour. It was nature at its most furious. What had before been one of the jewels of the Cascade Range was turned into a barren wasteland. Visiting Mount St. Helens today, the destruction is still clearly evident, though signs of life are rapidly reappearing in the fertile land that the volcano left behind. It is a strange world, with a unique kind of beauty. To truly understand what immense power must have been unleashed that morning, you have to see and feel it in person. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.
Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

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Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

by Larry H. Ludmer (Hunter Publishing)

Many of us can still vividly remember that fateful morning in May of 1980 when, after several months of rumbling and threatening, Mount St. Helens blew its top, sending over a thousand feet of its peak and much of the north face of the mountain high into the air in an explosion of unimaginable force. Ash and darkened skies blanketed hundreds of square miles downwind as far as Spokane. Everything in the immediate path of the blast was instantaneously destroyed by the combination of intense heat and winds of several hundred miles per hour. It was nature at its most furious.

What had before been one of the jewels of the Cascade Range was turned into a barren wasteland. Visiting Mount St. Helens today, the destruction is still clearly evident, though signs of life are rapidly reappearing in the fertile land that the volcano left behind. It is a strange world, with a unique kind of beauty. To truly understand what immense power must have been unleashed that morning, you have to see and feel it in person. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

©  Larry H. Ludmer/Hunter Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Cougar
Season: Year-round, best in summer
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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