Mount St. Helens


Rebirth race

Forest or mountaintop, which will come first? In a colossal race between natural processes, scientists are watching geological and ecological forces race each other in…


Working amid devastation

For Grover Laseke, the eruption of Mount St. Helens wasn't a spectacle. It was a grueling, dangerous, serious job. Grueling as a trek through ash-blasted…


A race to survive

In the spring of 1980, as Mount St. Helens rumbled, Trixie Anders was among the hundreds of visitors who were drawn like moths to the…


Reliving the spirit of Spirit Lake

There are pictures of Sandy Ford sunbathing atop a snowdrift in her halter top and shorts. And the story of the woodpecker boring into the…


The old man and the mountain

If a screenwriter had written a character like Harry Truman into the script of a volcano movie, it would have been scorned as a contrived…

More Mount St. Helens News

Five outings for Memorial Day weekend in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

May 26, 2016, 6:05 AM

The high country remains under snow, but there are lots of hiking, fishing, driving options while waiting for summer to arrive

Flies prove productive for trout at Coldwater Lake

May 26, 2016, 6:03 AM

Anglers test different fishing philosophies at scenic lake on north side of Mount St. Helens

Park rangers lead Mount St. Helens programs

May 24, 2016, 6:01 AM

State park rangers are leading a series of programs, including some that focus on the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, at two adjacent sites just east of Interstate 5 near Castle Rock.

Mount St. Helens: Reid Blackburn and an array of equipment were lost; a notebook survived

May 18, 2016, 6:03 AM

Columbian photographer Reid Blackburn made a slight revision to the cover of his notebook that explained his role on Mount St. Helens 36 years ago.

Off Beat: Her family’s story, Mount St. Helens intertwined

May 16, 2016, 6:00 AM

Anna Lowe wanted to know more about her grandfather, who was killed when Mount St. Helens erupted 36 years ago.

Mount St. Helens: The memories of survivors

May 15, 2016, 6:03 AM

Fifty-seven people perished when Mount St. Helens erupted, and even more feared that death was closing in.

Mount St. Helens visitors centers are a blast

May 13, 2016, 6:03 AM

Remember that oddball, playing-with-your-head tune about the maybe-mountain? “First there is a mountain; then there is no mountain; then there is.”

Too little oxygen culls Yale Reservoir kokanee

May 12, 2016, 6:05 AM

State says turnover in reservoirs occasionally happens, killing fish

Johnston Ridge Observatory opens Saturday

May 12, 2016, 6:02 AM

Two special presentations scheduled on Wednesday to commemorate 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens

Spirit Lake Highway set to reopen for season

May 10, 2016, 6:02 AM

The highway leading to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will reopen all the way to the end this weekend.

Tiny quakes notwithstanding, no Mount St. Helens eruption is expected soon

May 9, 2016, 8:28 PM

An ongoing swarm of earthquakes under Mount St. Helens doesn’t mean the volcano is likely to erupt soon, but scientists are studying the tiny quakes to see what they reveal about magma movement deep underground.

Major Gifford Pinchot forest road to stay closed

May 6, 2016, 4:28 PM

Flooding wiped out road No. 23 in two places in the national forest

Hiking Hummocks’ chaotic landscape

May 5, 2016, 6:05 AM

Trail on the north side of Mount St. Helens is a jumble of sharp ridges and small ponds left over from the massive 1980 eruption

New research unveiled at eruption anniversary

May 5, 2016, 6:04 AM

Mount St. Helens — The 36th anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens will be remembered at the Johnston Ridge Observatory Theater with a presentation on the latest scientific research on the volcano, as well as the mountain goats that inhabit the area.

Weed warriors needed at Mount St. Helens

May 5, 2016, 6:01 AM

Volunteers needed to help in Coldwater Lake area