Bear Meadow Interpretive Site

Area Status: Unreachable

This site is where the famous photo progression of the 1980 eruption was shot by Gary Rosenquist. It is set at the edge of the blast zone and ancient forests and provides the first views of the volcano and the Clearwater drainage on Forest Road 99.  Interpretive signs help explain the 1980 eruption as viewed from this site in 1980. Boundary Trail #1 (area is unavailable) may also be accessed from this site. 

Picnic tables and bathrooms are available. The parking and viewing areas offer accessible, barrier-free opportunities for education, exploration, and enjoyment.

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

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Forest Road 99 gated just past Wakepish Sno-Park for the winter.
Operational Hours: This site is open as snow allows.  See Current Conditions.
Fees $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1),Compost 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


A flat parking lot and barrier-free paved paths offer access for all to the interpretive signs and spectacular views.


From State Highway 12 in Randle WA, take WA-131S south for 2.8 miles to Forest Road 25. Continue on Forest Road 25 for another 24.3 miles to the junction with Forest Road 99. Turn right onto Forest Road 99 towards Windy Ridge.  Bear Meadows will on your left approximately 2.2 miles up Forest Road 99.

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 and turn left at the junction of Forest Road 25 and Forest Road 99. Bear Meadows will be on your left approximately 2.2 miles up Forest Road 99.

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