Exploring Mount Saint Helens | Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument

Hey šŸ™‚ I recently went to the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington state and I thought I would share my experience and some really cool pics. What’s better than going out in nature and taking a hike? If you are new, I would LOVE you if you subscribed to my blog and enjoy!

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View Points

Let me tell you, when you first see Mount Saint Helens, it is so gorgeous. On the road to the monument there are several places you can stop to get some pictures. They all have amazing views and weren’t very crowded.

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As you can see, these view points were great places to get close up pictures of the mountain. The first picture in this post were also take at a view point, so if you want a picture of yourself and the mountain this would be a great place to get that.

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The weather was also great and definitely not too cold. From this view point you could see a snowy mountain range, Mount Saint Helens, several lakes and rivers, as well as the peak of another mountain in the distance.

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Coldwater Lake

Next we went to a lake that was about 10 miles down the road from the view points. It’s called Coldwater Lake. This lake was so beautiful and peaceful. I loved the nature and scenery surrounding it, including these cute lil ducks. This lake was created by the seismic activity from the mountain.

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At the beginning of the lake they had a short boardwalk where you could walk out onto the lake. As you can see it had a great view of the mountain as well. There also weren’t many people on the boardwalk. ps. Dog’s aren’t allowed on the boardwalk, but they are allowed on the trail that I talk about later on.

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Hiking

There were so many places to hike at the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, but we went to the one surrounding the lake. This was a little over 5 miles, but you can always turn around and go back. We ended up hiking about 2 miles in total. As I said, there is an array of trails long and short for you to hike with amazing views.

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The hike went right around the lake on a narrow trail. It wasn’t a very steep or hard hike, more of a difficult walk lol. I really enjoyed that for the most part it wasn’t shaded with trees, so it was actually warm and had an amazing view. Dogs were also allowed on this trail and we ran into a couple sweet ones.

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Visitor’s Center

Before you get close to the mountain you can stop by the visitors center and hike through a short loop of wetlands. The visitors center was obviously closed, but I would have liked to explore inside and learn more about Mount Saint Helens.

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This short walk was peaceful and filled with nature as you can see by the pictures. There were many birds, ducks, and I even saw a snake. This would be a great place to go with younger kids as it is a short walk and provides several opportunities for them to learn.

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The main part of the trail was on a little boardwalk above the water. On a sunny and clear day Mount Saint Helens is visible in the distance. We were there pretty early so it was still overcast and a little chilly.

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Overall Mount Saint Helens was a beautiful place to visit. It isn’t too out of the way for many people and is amazing. I love taking pictures and there were so many different things to take pictures of. I for sure felt blessed to explore this beautiful place on earth! Definitely let me know if you would go here or if you plan on it. Thanks for reading! šŸ™‚

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