Mount St. Helens at Windy Ridge

Volcanic blast zone up close

Summer 2020: FR 99 is open to Windy Ridge. 

Visitors to Windy Ridge find themselves right in the middle of St. Helen's historic blast zone. Enjoy fascinating views of pumice plains, Spirit Lake, and the volcano itself rising only four miles away. 

Nearly everything in view is within the area decimated by the eruption. Encounter the blast’s full impact as you transition from green forest to standing dead forest to blown-down forest. The landscape in this area is littered with sand and gray rocks from that event. Take a hike up the sand staircase for 405 steps and a view into the crater. 

The area is seasonal and is typically opens June 30 and is open until closed by snowfall. Cascade Peaks Visitor Center has interpretive info and restrooms during the open season.