Windy Ridge Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View from Windy Ridge Interpretive Site

This site is south of Spirit Lake at the end of Forest Road 99. This site accesses the area devastated by the 1980 eruption and is a top location to view this area. Looking north, you see log-filled Spirit Lake topped by Mount Margaret. To the south you look upward at Mount St. Helens’ crater and lava dome.

Nearly everything in view is within the area decimated by the eruption. Encounter the blast’s full impact as you transition from green forest to standing dead forest to blown down forest. The landscape in this area is littered with sand and gray rocks from that event.

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

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Forest Road 99 open.
Fees $5/vehicle/day or valid Recreation Pass. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 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


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.

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.


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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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