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  Devastation, Spirit Lake and Mt St Helens beyond
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When the north side of Mt St Helens blew away, it sloshed the waters of Spirit Lake 800 feet up the northern slopes above the old banks, stripping away thousands of trees - many of which remain floating in the lake's waters today. Before the Johnston Ridge Visitor Center was built, most visitors got up close to Mt St Helens via the long road to the Windy Ridge Viewpoint on the northeast side of the volcano. That entails a long drive around the mountain on paved, but slow roads deep in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. There are several trails off the Windy Ridge Road that are spectacular. One goes down to the lakeshore passing Harmony Falls in 1.1 miles. Two other options head to Norway Pass. From a trailhead just norht of Meta Lake, the Boundary Trail winds up through devastated forests to Norway Pass in 2.2 miles. From the Independance Pass Viewpoint - further along the Windy Ridge road - you can hike to the same Pass in 3.5 miles along ridges and past volcanic spires high above Spirit Lake.

Norway Pass -4500 feet- gives you a postcard view over devastation, the lake, the crate and its smoldering dome within.

Address: 42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Rd., Amboy, WA 98601
Directions: From I-5, exit 21 Woodland; east following signs to Mt St Helens- SR 503 through Cougar which becomes Forest Route 90; north on FR 25 25 miles and left on FR 99.
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/trails/locations/msh-0227-independence-pass.shtml

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  • Written Jun 13, 2004
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