Miners Car Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open
Summer hike at Meta

View the sobering remains of a Pontiac Grand Prix pummeled and thrown by the 1980 lateral blast. The owners parked it and walked about a mile to a cabin near Black Rock Mine, and did not survive the blast.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/21/2023: Miners Car Interpretive Site is open. Due to a landslide of Forest Road 25, Randle and Forest Road 99 will be inaccessible from Cougar. Winter closure begins December 1st or with significant snowfall.  Learn More.
Fees: $5/vehicle/day or a valid Recreation Pass. Fee tubes for payment available at Bear Meadow, Meta Lake or Windy Ridge. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer and fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: No camping on Forest Road 99 within the National Volcanic Monument.
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA,  Randle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Pass accepted.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


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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 9.5 miles to Miners Car Interpretive Site.

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