“the most active volcano in america”
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, campgrounds, and picnic areas have been established to accommodate the increasing number of visitors each year.Beginning in the summer of 1983, visitors have been able to drive to Windy Ridge, only 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of the crater. Mountain climbing to the summit of the volcano has been allowed since 1986.
This really is a neat place to see. We made our way up to Windy ridge, and the name doesn't lie! So windy! But still worth it. I will note that the roads we're rough on and off and its a long drive.
I hear the climb is easy for beginners, but I've never done it. You can go right to the crater rim (nut not inside) which is insane, but it's the most active volcano in America. You need a permit to climb it, and make sure that, you know, you follow all the rules and stuff, but it's just really cool to see the volcano and, to some extent, the damage it has caused.
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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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