"Forested Slightly Sloping Hillside" Seaquest State Park by glabah
Seaquest State Park Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 35 photos
NOTE: As of July 1, 2011, a day use fee has been implemented at many Washington State parks. This fee is $10 per day, or a $30 fee for a year pass. There is a $5 fee in addition to the annual pass fee if purchased at one of the many resellers. Please see my Discover Pass tip for a little more about this. For a bit more about Washington State parks in general, please see my Washington State Parks tip.
Seaquest State Park has two very distinct areas. The vast majority of the park is on the north side of highway 504, which is the main highway to get to the north viewpoints into Mount Saint Helens. It is set aside as a deep woods forested preserve where there are camp sites and hiking trails. A few small clearings exist for the day use picnic areas, the horseshoe pits, and a few other locations.
The other part of the park, located on the south side of highway 504, has become dedicated to the Mount Saint Helens Visitor's Center. This is a state operated facility today and is politically part of the state park operation. However, functionally it is more a part of the Mount Saint Helens National Monument than it is Seaquest State Park. For example, there is no charge to park in the visitor's center parking lot, but the parking lot close to the state park does require a Discovery Pass parking fee. This section also includes a trail called the Silver Lake Trail, which is also essentially part of the Mount Saint Helens monument in terms of its function.
These two sections of Seaquest State Park are connected by a pedestrian tunnel under Highway 504. If you visit one and have time, I highly suggest also walking over to the other for a brief visit.
Camping facilities at this state park include RV sites and Yurts.
The above photo shows the main day use area and picnic facilities.
- Pros:Noise from the busy highway quickly dies away as you go deep into the park. A number of trails. Connection to Mt. St. Helens Visitor's Center by pedestrian tunnel under highway.
- Cons:Not any really special views of anything in the forested part of the park, but Mt. St. Helens Visitor's Center area offers trail with some views.
- In a nutshell:Nice quiet respite on your way between Portland and Seattle that is somewhat off the major through highways, but popular at peak of Mt. St. Helens Visitor's Season.
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