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Windy Ridge Loop at Mt. St. Helens

Explore the wild side of Mount St. Helens

Immerse yourself in the heart of the Mt. St. Helens Blast Zone and experience the stark contrast between the lush old-growth forest and the blown-down forest. To experience the many beautiful and fascinating hikes in the area, a Recreation Pass may be required for parking. Hike 405 sand ladder steps to a view of the crater and spirit lake. 

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Driving Directions: From Randle travel south on State Route (SR) 131 until the road forks (1 mile).

Stay to the right, traveling on SR 131 which becomes Forest Road (FR) 25 (1 mile).

Travel south on FR 25 to FR 99 (19 miles).

Turn right on FR 99 and drive until it terminates at Windy Ridge (16 miles).

Return to Randle via the same route.

 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=81498