Windy Ridge Interpretive Site

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Learn about the eruption that challenged the imagination of volcano watchers at this starkly beautiful site over looking Spirit Lake towards the volcano and the Mt. Margaret Backcountry. Eruption Talks are offered daily at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 during July and August.  Additional talks are given at 11:30, 12:30 and 4:30 as staffing allows.  A short but steep trail leads up an adjacent hill for more expansive views. There are bathrooms and an amphitheater for presentations.

Please note: This site is inaccessible much of the year due to weather conditions.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/15/2014:Closed for the winter
Fees  $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer and fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters and Visitor Centers   See also:   East Side - Forest Roads 25 & 99

General Information


From Cougar WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on Forest Road 90 for 16 miles and stay to the left on Forest Road 25, pass the Pine Creek Information Center. Drive Forest Road 25 for 25 miles to the junction of Forest Road 99. Turn left onto Forest Road 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 16.4 miles to Windy Ridge Interpretive Site.


The parking area and viewing platforms are flat, paved, and barrier-free. Toilets are also reletively easy to access.

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