Windy Ridge Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Ladder, Mount St. Helens, Parking lot

Located just five miles from Mount St. Helens, Windy Ridge Interpretive Site provides a close-up view of the volcano's crater and a breathtaking panorama of a landscape radically changed during the 1980 eruption and landslide. Below you lies Spirit Lake, with its floating log mat of huge trees swept into it during the eruption. Beyond, view a plain of pumice and ash and denuded hills, still fairly barren but greening with vegetation. Climb a 368 step sand ladder for a higher view. Read interpretive signs to learn about the events and people of the eruption. During summer, join an interpretive program presented at the site's amphitheater. The site is accessible and memorable for all.

Windy Ridge Interpretive Site provides access to Truman Trail #207 and Willow Springs Trail #207A.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Forest Road 99 open for the season; typically closes in November-December. Trailer drop location at Wakepish Sno-Park, at the junction of Forest Road 25 and 99. 
Fees An America the Beautiful Pass or Northwest Forest Pass is honored. The site has a fee tube where onsite payment of $5, cash or check, can be made.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions:
  • Off trail travel prohibited.
  • No pets or stock.
  • Day-use only.
  • Bicycles are prohibited within the restricted area.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Passes: America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Pass accepted.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information

Directions:

From Randle, WA travel south on State Route (SR) 131 until the road forks (1 mile). Stay to the right on State Route 131 which becomes Forest Road 25. Travel south on Forest Road 25 for 19 miles to Forest Road 99. Turn right on Forest Road 99 and drive 16 miles until it terminates at Windy Ridge.


Directions:
From Randle, WA head south on WA-131/Forest Road 25 for 19.8 miles to Forest Road 99. Turn right on Forest Road 99 and continue for 16 miles to Windy Ridge Interpretive site.

Accessibility:

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Directions:

Forest Roads in this area are winding and many have surface debris and steep drop-offs on either side. Always drive with caution, drive defensively, and expect wildlife. Motorcyclists should be especially careful. 


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  Latitude : 
46.2499

  Longitude : 
-122.1362

 

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