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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hiking trails: There are both easy and moderate hikes.
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.