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Summer on the Mountain: Mount St. Helens pinnacle of recreation, science and learning

Despite Johnston Ridge Observatory closure, southwest Washington's infamous volcano still a draw on 44th anniversary of eruption

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 18, 2024, 6:13am
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The broken peak of Mount St. Helens looms over a lone fisherman at Coldwater Lake.
The broken peak of Mount St. Helens looms over a lone fisherman at Coldwater Lake. (Scott Hewitt/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT — The fact that unpredictably moving rock has blocked the road to its prime visitor center says a lot about Mount St. Helens. Much of the landscape around this active volcano is literally new, making it one of the most uniquely beautiful and educational sites to explore in the whole Pacific Northwest.

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