Mount St Helens, Washington

With slopes depicting a lunar landscape covered in ancient volcanic detritus, a trip to Mt St Helens National Park is an absolute geologist's dream. Keen hikers will find around 200 miles of trail, incorporating some incredible views.

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Mount St Helens ToursWhatever draws you ever closer to this simmering beast the chances are that you'll never encounter anything else in British Columbia quite so special, so arm yourself with camera, boots and sturdy stick and head for a national park that's got seismic stamped all over it. 

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Mount St Helens, Washington

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Elk viewing
The elk of Mount St Helens have long been an added attraction for walkers and nature photographers visiting the national park and although organised hunts are still part and parcel of life in Washington State there's still plenty for true nature lovers to observe under more peaceful circumstances. Best advice is to take your best binoculars to the Forest Learning Centre where they have an excellent viewing platform as well as the starting point for numerous trails where elk can be viewed from closer quarters.
When to go
In general the climate of Mount St Helens is pretty seasonal and as such you'll find more heat during the summer with August topping the temperatures. Winters in this region of America are cold and pretty wet with snow not being uncommon well into the spring with the highest trails boasting an all-year-round covering. Mt St Helens is relatively uncrowded and the summer months through to October are considered to be the best times to visit.
Highlights & Activities

Mount St Helens Tour Highlights

The Cascade Range
As you'd expect from an area that falls within the Pacific Ring of Fire, things can heat up pretty quickly. With all that activity you'll find numerous snow-capped peaks and cone-shaped monoliths which make for some quite awesome backdrops to a hiking tour in Pacific Northwest USA.
Harry's Ridge Trail
A local legend, 83 year old Harry R Truman, point blank refused to leave his Spirit Lake lodge dwellings situated at the foot of Mount St Helens. Suffice to say that Harry is no longer with us however, in his memory the short trail above the lake has been dedicated to his stubbornness.
The Hummock's Trail
When Mount St Helens blew in 1980 it deposited a vast amount of its cone-shaped body upon the surrounding countryside. One group of monumental mounds are now known as the Hummocks, on a circular trail that snakes through lush green vegetation.

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