Mount St. Helens Trip Planner
Welcome to Mount St. Helens!
Famous for the 1980 eruption that decimated a large chunk of the mountain and the surrounding area, Mount Saint Helens is a testament to the power of nature. Since the blast, the area has slowly been restored to the recreation area that existed prior to 1980 and now features an interpretive center at Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument that shows the chronology of events that led to the massive blast. Local flora and fauna have also made a steady recovery since the eruption, affording visitors glimpses of the local wildlife that continues to call Mount Saint Helens home. The surrounding area is easily explored from the towns of Morton, Kelso and Castle Rock, all of which are located within 40 mi (64 km) from this giant of geologic history. Aside from seismic chronicles, this region features several state forests ideal for hiking, biking and picnicking.