Castle Lake Viewpoint Observation Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Views of Mount St. Helens, Castle Lake, and the landslide debris deposits from the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. There are benches, interpretive signs, ample parking, and a short trail available.

Castle Lake Viewpoint is open year-round, but may occassionally be inaccessible due to snow-plowing.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Call the MSHNVM at (360) 449-7800 for current conditions. Expect winter driving conditions.
Fees No fee
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Castle Rock, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters and Visitor Centers

General Information


From Castle Rock, WA drive east on State Route 504 for 40 miles. Parking area will be on the right hand side of the road.

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