Along Highway 504
Approaching Mt St Helens
Hwy 504 east of Kid Valley
Most visitors heading for Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument from I-5 take Highway 504 to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Along the way there are a number of visitor centers and viewpoints that are worth a stop for their views of the mountain and the north fork of the Toutle River.
Information at these locations provides a more complete picture of the events leading up to and following the 1980 eruption.
Mt. St. Helens and the Toutle River (P13A0168)
This is the view of Mt. St. Helens and the north fork of the Toutle River from Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center. At the time of my last visit, helicopter rides were available from here for getting a much closer look at the volcano.
Looking Downstream along the Toutle River (P13A0172)
This is a view from the Forest Learning Center looking downstream along the north fork of the Toutle River. Much of the land surrounding Mt. St. Helens is part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forests continue to be managed as a source for lumber.
Mt. St. Helens and the Toutle River (P13A0176)
Also from the Forest Learning Center, this is a view looking upstream towards Mt. St. Helens.
You may also like these Mt. St. Helens destinations:
- Johnston Ridge Observatory, Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington
- Windy Ridge Observatory, Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington
- Highway 504 Viewpoints, Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Buried A Frame And Bigfoot, North Fork Survivors Gift Shop, Kid Valley, Washington
- World's Largest Egg, Winlock, Washington
- Nutty Narrows Squirrel Bridge, Washington