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Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
+1 360-274-0962
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle
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This Forest Service facility gives an overview of Cascade Range volcanism and the events before and after May 18, 1980.
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Hwy. 504, milepost 5, Castle Rock, WA 98611
+1 360-274-0962
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Even if you only have 1/2 a day drive up to see Mt St Helens. Every pull off is great. The forest service center are excellent. Cold Water Lake is beautiful. So many hikes and photo ops. Wish they opened earlier. Bathrooms at Cold Water...More

Thank Sandibe
Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum provides good information on the geological forces behind the event, as well as the event itself. There is a film with some decent footage. Overall, this is the place to get the information you need to make the drive to the observatory more...More

1  Thank MidLifeCrisisGreg
Reviewed 6 days ago

The movie and the exhibits are a must for visiting Mt. St. Helen's. They give the history of the eruption and explanations of the natural causes for the eruption. The staff was really helpful. It's a nice way to start your visit.

Thank fitza44
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a good place to stop on our way to the Observatory. It has lots of info pics and a movie about the eruption. Kids liked the exhibits and all the "old stuff"

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

THis was our second visit to Mt. St. Helens. It was just as breathtaking as the first visit. A must see whether you like volcanoes or not.

Thank mc S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the visitor centre for Mt St Helens. It's the only one I've come across that cost (didn't accept National Park Pass) and unfortunately, although interesting, it had very little to tell/display to justify the $5.00. Also, unfortunately, if the observatory at Mt St...More

Thank rbthodge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum and film need some serious updates. There's not much to see here, so save your five bucks and buy an espresso somewhere. 😐

Thank JLNaumann
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great information, short movie too. Took my first good picture of Mount St Helens All very helpful before going on to Johnson Observatory. It also has Handicap parking, basic snack shop & restrooms.

1  Thank Debbie T
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We drove to Mt. St. Helen's from Tualatin Oregon where we were camping. The drive was beautiful! We stopped at the first visitor center, watched the movie and got information on the way to Mt. St. Helens. The Johnston visitor center had a excellent display...More

2  Thank mimitosix
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Just your normal visitors center. Lots of made in China stuff to buy. Staff were knowledgable and helpful. Stopped in to pick up destination specific info. Good supply in well stocked display racks. Very nice facility.

Thank Barbara R
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Hello! I will be staying in Packwood in early July and will be driving to Seattle in the morning. I would like to see Mount St. Helen's on either the East or West side. First of all, would we have time to see MSH? We don't have to be in Seattle until late afternoon. Secondly, would it be faster to visit the East or West side? Thanks!
18 June 2017|
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Response from mimitosix | Reviewed this property |
We drove to Mt St Helens from Portland as that is where we were staying. The observatory is the place to get the best view and information about the eruption!!! Hope it works out for you.
Thank you. Sorry, not planning on redwoods that day. Coming about 159 miles from everett wa. And then doing Mt. St. Helens and wondering if we should stay at castle rock or plan on 50-100 miles more in the direction of the redwoods? Actually wanting to go west to 101 and then south. I wasnt aware we can actually go up the mountain?? Thank you
1 October 2016|
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Response from faecanuck | Reviewed this property |
If you have time, of course, continue on! The road is the best part! 🍃
Did you go to first visitor center or johnston ridge? We will be coming from Everett WA and want to see the best of Mt. st. helens and then comtinue south to ser yosemite and redwoods. How far do you think we can make it in one day, seeing evetything there is to ser? Any information would be appreciated for that part of the country.
30 September 2016|
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Response from Sharon K | Reviewed this property |
Depending on your age and stamina, I would suggest leaving Everett very early in the morning to avoid Seattle/Tacoma traffic (you probably know how bad it can be.) As suggested, maybe skip the visitor's center and drive on... More