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  Across the Toutle River Lahar on road up to Center
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At the end of a grand drive - 53 miles east of the I-5 exit at Castle Rock - high above the devastion left behind by the huge lahar that roared down the North Fork of the Toutle River - lahar is the huge devastated swath created by the devastation left behind by the huge superheated ash, rock and mudflows created by the blast, which melted glaciers instantaneously. The North Fork lahar is by far the largest, but not the only lahar that was enlarged upon by the 1980 eruption. The Visitor Center is atop Johnston Ridge at 4200 feet giving a grand vista across into the Breach - the open part of the horseshoe - and at the new steaming Lava Dome rebuilding the mountain from the inside. Lots of informative displays and movies can be enjoyed at the Center.

From the Center, you can hike atop Coldwater Peak - 5727 feet - high above St Helens Lake and square in the devastated area. On the way up to the Visitor Center yo upass Coldwater Lake where you can enjoy ... the cold waters ;-\

Address: 42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Rd., Amboy, WA 98601
Directions: 53 miles east of Castle Rock exit on I-5
Phone: 360-274-2140
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm

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  • Written Jun 13, 2004
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