Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument

Castle Rock, Washington

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When it comes to birding new habitat, no other place in Washington offers the degree of new opportunities found along the Birth of a Lake Trail and the rugged Hummocks Trail in the blast zone of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Each trail offers dramatic evidence of the volcanic eruption that changed the area from deep forest to barren wasteland in a matter of moments back in 1980. But more importantly the trails offer a look at which birds are returning to the mountain terrain as trees and shrubs create more cover and wetland plants fill the borders of lakes and streams. Habitats: Mountain riparian, freshwater marsh, wetland. Specialty birds: Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Northern Goshawk; Blue Grouse; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireo.

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument Professional Review and Guide

"When it comes to birding new habitat, no other place in Washington offers the degree of new opportunities found along the Birth of a Lake Trail and the rugged Hummocks Trail in the blast zone of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Each trail offers dramatic evidence of the volcanic eruption that changed the area from deep forest to barren wasteland in a matter of moments back in 1980.

But more importantly the trails offer a look at which birds are returning to the mountain terrain as trees and shrubs create more cover and wetland plants fill the borders of lakes and streams. Habitats: Mountain riparian, freshwater marsh, wetland. Specialty birds: Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Northern Goshawk; Blue Grouse; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireo."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Castle Rock
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,490 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument

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May 2018