Forest Road 99 in Gifford Pinchot National Forest opened Thursday, giving visitors access to Mount St. Helens eastside attractions such as Windy Ridge, Meta Lake and the Miner’s Car as well as the Mount Margaret Backcountry.
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Visitors to this remote and unique location deep within the blast-zone can see the amazing impact and recovery from the 1980 eruption. It is an experience to be had nowhere else in the world and only for a short time each year due to snow.
Mount St. Helens Ranger Cory Wall said interpreters hope to see local families taking advantage of ranger-led activities along Forest Road 99 and Windy Ridge, as well other sites on the monument.
“Each year I speak with visitors from close cities such as Portland or Seattle who have not been here since before the eruption. They almost always express regret they had not taken the opportunity sooner,” reported Wall. “They rave over the landscape and the stories our Ranger’s share. We would really like to see more local families taking advantage of this unique experience.”
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will be offering daily Ranger-led activities at sites along FR 99, including Eruption Talks at the famous Windy Ridge Viewpoint and at The Blast Edge, Donneybrook and Harmony. Click here for more information on Mount St. Helens.