Area Status: Closed
Learn about the eruption that challenged the imagination of volcano watchers at this starkly beautiful site looking over Spirit Lake towards the volcano and Mt. Margaret Backcountry. Daily talks offered at Windy Ridge in July and August. 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. Please check http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/mountsthelens/recreation#cond for conditions information.
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At a Glance
From Cougar, WA take State Route 503 past Pine Creek Information Station to reach Forest Road 25, or do so from the north at Randle, WA. From FR 25, turn west onto FR 99 which winds up through the blast zone ending at Windy Ridge.
The parking area and viewing platforms are flat, paved, and barrier-free. Toilets are also reletively easy to access.