Viewpoint: Elk Rock

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Mount St. Helens View from Elk Rock

On State Route 504, at milepost 37, Elk Rock Viewpoint marks the western entrance to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. View the volcano and crater, and the once desolate blast zone, now green with returning vegetation. Below, see the gray, debris-avalanche deposit from the 1980 eruption which still fills the Toutle River Valley. On clear days, glimpse the snow-covered peak of Mount Adams in the distance. 20 parking spaces, 3 RV sites.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 4/23/2021: Parking lot clear of snow.
Operational Hours: Daylight hours, year round. In winter, the parking lot may be snow covered or totally snowed in. Elk Rock Viewpoint elevation is close to 4,000 feet.
Fees No fee.
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Toutle, Washington.


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