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At 8:32 Sunday Morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens Erupted Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. In a few moments this slab of rock and ice slammed into Spirit Lake, crossed a ridge 1,300 feet high, and roared 14 miles down the Toutle River. The avalanche rapidly released pressurized gases within the volcano. A tremendous lateral explosion ripped through the avalanche and developed into a turbulent, stone-filled wind that swept over ridges and toppled trees. Nearly 150 square miles of forest was blown over or left dead and standing. At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. Wet, cement-like slurries of rock and mud scoured all sides of the volcano. Searing flows of pumice poured from the crater. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments. A vast, gray landscape lay where once the forested slopes of Mount St. Helens grew. In 1982 the President and Congress created the 110,000-acre National Volcanic Monument for research, recreation, and education. Inside the Monument, the environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbance.

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One of the hardest hikes I've ever done, but the view was amazing.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Wonderful hike! Make sure you bring flashlights. No dogs, but it is still really interesting and fun. Bring a jacket too! It was around 40 degrees when we were down there.

This was a perfect little hike. We took out grandson and daughter. definitely dress warm, and a headlamp or flashlight. maybe an extra just in case.

definitely a unique experience

Actually wanted to hike the Harry Ridge trail but didn't see the exit so we hiked to the peak which had an amazing view. Steep though but it was worth it.

hiking
6 days ago

This was a LOT of fun and I will definitely be doing this again! Plan to arrive early to avoid the crowds. We got there by 0830 and only encountered a few other hikers, but when we got back to the entrance the parking lot was full!

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10 days ago

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