[Guest Post] Mount St. Helens, An Active Volcano in the Pacific Northwest

[Guest Post] Mount St. Helens, An Active Volcano in the Pacific Northwest

Mount St. Helens is known as the volcano in the Pacific Northwest in the state of Washington and often seen from Oregon that erupted in 1980 and caused a lot of damage and nowadays peopleenjoy visiting, reading about its history and hiking it.

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This Mount is an active volcano located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows. (source)

Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its tragic eruption on May 18, 1980, “the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States.” Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (298 km) of highway were destroyed. An avalanche triggered by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused the eruption.


Nowadays, Mount St. Helens is a popular climbing and hiking destination. A climbing permit is required year-round for anyone who will be above 4,800 feet (1,500 m) on the slopes of Mount St. Helens.

Families and children can enjoy a visit alike.
Families and children can enjoy a visit alike.

The Forest Learning Center at the Mile marker 33 on SR 504, features a great exhibit on the mountain. Children can play in the playground, as well as climb into the helicopter and pretend to be flying around the mountain. The eruption chamber is a fun experience. It also houses a nice gift shop. Free admission.

The Johnston Ridge Observatory, at the 52 mile marker on SR 504, is named after the volcanologist David Johnston, who was camped out on this ridge observing the volcano when it blew. His final words were “Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it.” He was never found.

This site has an amazing view of the volcano, as well as great exhibits and movie showings. It is open May through October. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. It is a US Forest Service fee site and costs $8/adult.


All photos by Mani.

Mani (A New Life Wandering) is a girl in her twenties with a name from India but born and raised in Mexico City. In 2008 she met her soul-mate (an American) while traveling in India. She blogs about travel, food and photography as well as her personal unpredictable experiences, attempting to seek a simpler life, wandering around the world, and surrendering to God.

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  1. Great post. Very informative and the photos are beautiful.

    1. Yes the photos are amazing. And Miss Mani writes great posts:)

  2. Nice of you to share…maybe i should climb it sometime 🙂

    1. Sure sir 🙂

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