The Mt St Helens Visitors Center
Castle Rock, Washington
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Mt St Helens Visitors Center Jun 25, 2010
The Mt St Helens Visitors Center is located is located just five miles off of Interstate 5. But don’t think that it is the closest thing or the last place to visit before the end of the road. There are two more centers on in towards the crater. The final one is at mile marker 52, which really leaves you close to the opened horseshoe of the mountain. It is called Johnston Ridge Observatory, and was named for the volcanologist David Johnston, who was killed in the blast of Mt St. Helens in May of 1980. He was one of 57 people who lost their lives when the mountain exploded in the largest volcano eruption in the history of the United States. The Johnston Ridge Observatory is only open during May and October depending on the snowfall. We had worried a little about snow after having so much during the first of our trip but as it turned out there was no problem with snow but we were advised that the road was in very poor condition and there may be long delays due to roadwork being done. So we made our stop at the first Visitor’s Center and took a few pictures.
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