Windy Ridge Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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: 10/14/2014: Open Interpretive talks end late Sept.
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 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.

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