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    If you live in the northwest and you haven’t explored Mt. St Helens, now is the time to put this visit on your list of places to explore this summer. This notorious active volcano is 96 miles south of SeattleWashington, and 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon.

    The main route into the National Volcanic Monument is State Highway 504. Along the highway are several Mount St. Helens visitor centers.  Each offers different educational exhibits and viewing opportunities, as well as shops, eateries, and rest areas. There are trail heads associated with most of these spots.

    The extent of the devastation – obvious even three decades after the 1980 eruption – unfolds with each mile. Yet you will also see nature’s amazing recovery, including plants and animals of all kinds.

    The best way to experience the mountain is to spend at least a day.

    Numerous viewpoints and miles of trails have been created for you to explore by car and foot. During the summer Forest Service interpreters lead a wide range of activities, from short walks to amphitheater presentations, to help you understand and enjoy this area.