Mount St.
Helens National
Volcanic Monument

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a U.S. National Monument that includes the area around Mount St. Helens in Washington. It was established on August 27, 1982 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan following the 1980 eruption. The 110,000 acre (445 km2) National Volcanic Monument was set-aside for research, recreation, and education. Inside the Monument, the environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbance. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was the United States' first such monument managed by the U.S. Forest Service. At dedication ceremonies on May 18, 1983, Max Peterson, head of the USFS, said, "we can take pride in having preserved the unique episode of natural history for future generations." Since then, many trails, viewpoints, information stations,…
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The hike to Coldwater Peak offers some of the best panoramas inside the Mount Sa…
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Before May 18th, 1980, when the beautiful cone of St. Helens was 1,300 feet more…
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Only a generation old, 160-foot deep Coldwater Lake is one of the spectacular bi…
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One of the best loop options on the south side of Mount Saint Helens takes you p…
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One of the premier day-hiking loops on Mount Saint Helens, this hike was a much …
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Mount Saint Helens' eruption on May 18th, 1980, created a swath of destruction a…
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Johnston Ridge and the upper Toutle River valley took the brunt of the May 18th,…
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Ape Cave, at 2.5 miles, is one of the longest lava tubes in North America and al…
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For those not wanting an especially rugged or lengthy hike, this short loop take…
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The trails along the northwest side of the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic …
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