Mt St. Helens National Volcanic Monument


On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens Erupted, shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale.

Mt St Helens Visitor center is 2 hours drive from Redmond WA. It is perfect for a sunny day trip.

Visitor Center:

  • Get the maps and newsletter from here. There is a snack shop at the visitor center.
  • They also show a 13 minute movie on St. helens volcano for $5 per person.
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory is about 1 hour from the Mt St. Helens visitor center.

Johnston Ridge Observatory:

  • Johnston Ridge Observatory open 7 days a week, 10 am to 6 pm, mid-May through October. $8 for entrance to the Observatory.DSC_0204
  • This is the closest you can get to the volcano. The view is incredibly beautiful!
  • There are talks by the rangers and movie at the amphitheater.deck
  • Hiking trails: There are both easy and moderate hikes.trail3

Ape Caves:

The Third Longest lava tube (13,042’ long) in North America.

  • A Northwest Forest Pass, America the Beautiful Pass or $5 in the fee tube is required for site use.
  • Cave open during daylight hours. No pets, food or drink allowed inside the cave, except water. Bring two-three light sources per person.




  • Carry discovery Pass ($30. Can also be used for parking in all Washington state parks.
  • These maps are available at the visitor center.




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