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Mount St. Helens Climbing Permits on Sale Beginning Feb. 1, 2012

Mt. St. Helens Climbing Permit Reservation Web Site

Mount St. Helens Institute Continues the Sunday Hiking Program!


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Mount St. Helens Institute Offers Snow-Camping Seminar and More!


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Mount St. Helens Institute Introduces Free Snowshoeing Adventures


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Forest Sno-Parks Hit Hard by Recent Record Rains


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SR-503 Road Trip

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May 18, 2011...click here for more pictures.

Mt. St. Helens Tourism Caravan Tour

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30th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens Eruption

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The 30th Anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens took place at Johnston Ridge Visitors Center on May 18, 2010. The distance from I-5, at Castle Rock, is about 51 miles. It is a spectacular drive on a very nice paved road. You will pass Silver Lake...Click here for information and pictures.

Gifford Pinchot Spring 2009 Newsletter

Cascades Volcano Observatory Open House

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The Cascades Volcano Observatory held their open house on May 8, 2010. It was well attended. We always learn a lot and it is really exciting to meet and talk to the scientists. For more pictures of this event, click here. Click here for pictures of the 2008 event.

2010 Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show

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Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show was held February 10 - 14th 2010 in the Portland Exhibition Center. Cowlitz County Tourism sponsored a booth boosting the Mt. St. Helens area...click here for more info and pictures.

Hoffstadt Bluffs Grand Re-Opening and Stake Holders Luncheon

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Several people attended a wonderful event on a beautiful sunny day, at the Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center, on the 29th. anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The Mt. St. Helens stakeholders held their luncheon meeting and several dignitaries held a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the grand-reopening of the Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center...click here for more info and pictures.

Cascades Volcano Observatory Open House

Ground Breaking for New Mount St. Helens NVM Headquarters

Click here for more picturesMembers of the public were invited to participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the new Mount St. Helens National Volcano Monument Headquarters office on Thursday, June 1, at 2 p.m. The new office will be constructed on the site of the current office in Chelatchie Prairie. The headquarters office has been at this location since the summer of 1980. For more pictures, click here.

U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory

Click here for more picturesThe U.S. Geological Survey established the Vancouver, Washington, office during March 1980, in response to unrest at Mount St. Helens. On May 18, 1982, the Vancouver office was dedicated as the David A. Johnston Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) in memory of the geologist, employee, and colleague who lost his life in the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens.

The Cascades Volcano Observatory held an open house on May 21, 2005 and on May 3, 2008.

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The Last Frontier Casino
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The New Phoenix Casino
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Mt. St. Helens Fishing Derby
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25th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens Eruption
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Mt. St. Helens VolcanoCam
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Mt. St. Helens by Air

On April 27, 2006, Terry Richard and I toured Mt. St. Helens from the air. We took off from the Woodland airport. The weather was perfect and the entire ride was like sitting in your living room. No bumps or anything. I felt it was a privilege to see this awesome mountain up close. I also enjoyed the view of Horseshoe Lake from the air. Thanks go to Terry Richard. ~Noel Johnson~
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Roger Brown's Story

The morning of May 18, 1980 my sister came into my home excitedly telling me that the mountain was exploding. Well, I didn't want to miss that so I drove to the top of the hill where I could see that she was right. So I went back to the house, grabbed my camera, jumped into my car and sped to the Kelso airport. I quickly got into my Cessna 172 plane with three friends that were standing by and headed for Mt.St. Helens...

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Lewisriver.com would like to thank the Browns for sharing these incredible pictures.
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Johnston Ridge Observatory

The drive to Johnston Ridge Observatory is nothing short of spectacular. From Interstate 5, take Exit 49 and travel east on Highway 504 (Spirit Lake Memorial Highway) to the end of road, close to 51 miles. The Observatory is located at an approximate elevation of 4,500 feet. It is about five miles from the volcano and lies in the heart of the blast zone. The displays inside the building are very interesting and educational. The film of the eruption is a must. Take the one-half mile walk on the Eruption Trail and learn how the eruption shaped the surrounding landscape. Visitors can expect to see views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain, and the landslide deposit.

There is Parking for 350 cars, 50 RV's and 20 buses.

Click here to view pictures taken on September 21, 2003

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The many faces of

Mt. St. Helens

A native Washingtonian's look at the reawakening of Mount St. Helens


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Where Were You When The Mountain Blew?

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Click here to go to the Woodland Tulip Festival
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