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Mount-Saint-Helens is an active volcano located in the Cascade Range in Skamania County, Washington. It is 96 miles south of Seattle and 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. Mount Saint Helens is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. Mount Saint Helens is famous for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980, which was the deadliest and most destructive volcanic event in the history of the U.S. Fifty-seven people were killed, and 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways, and 185 miles of highway were destroyed. A massive debris avalanche caused an eruption, reducing the elevation of the mountains summit from 9,677 feet to 8,365 feet and replacing it with a one-mile wide horseshoe-shaped crater. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied. Mount St. Helens is 45 miles west of Mount Adams. These sister and brother volcanic mountains are approximately 50 miles from Mount Rainier, which is the highest of the Cascade volcanoes. The nearest town to Mount St. Helens is Cougar, Washington in the Lewis River Valley, about eleven miles southwest of the peak. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest surrounds Mount Saint Helens. Following the 1980 eruption, the area was left to gradually return to its natural state. In 1987, the U.S. Forest Service reopened the mountain to climbing. It remained open until 2004 when renewed activity caused the closure of the area. It was again reopened in 2006 to climbers.

Surrounding areas: Mossyrock, Washington (26.8 mi), Kalama, Washington (34.0 mi), Packwood, Washington (37.5 mi)

Mount Saint Helens Vacation Rentals

Mount Saint Helens Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Seasons Motel200a Westlake AveMorton, WA25.1 mi.(360) 496-6835

Mount Saint Helens Weather & Climate

Mount St. Helens weather can change at any time, on any day throughout the year. The weather is greatly influenced by the Pacific Ocean, elevation and latitude. Mount St. Helens is located in a remote area of southwestern Washington State. There are no cell phone towers within the Monument or the Gifford Pinchot National Forest surrounding the Monument. Even at lower altitudes, reception may or may not work, depending on weather and other factors. Do not rely on your cell phone in an emergency while visiting Mount St. Helens. Visitors are advised to have extra clothing, rain gear, and a tent for protection against storms anytime of the year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 42°F 33°F 17.20 in. -
February 46°F 34°F 15.06 in. -
March 52°F 36°F 12.14 in. -
April 57°F 39°F 8.71 in. -
May 65°F 44°F 5.43 in. -
June 70°F 49°F 3.93 in. -
July 78°F 53°F 1.54 in. -
August 78°F 53°F 1.90 in. -
September 73°F 50°F 4.41 in. -
October 62°F 44°F 8.42 in. -
November 48°F 38°F 18.33 in. -
December 42°F 33°F 19.11 in. -

Mount Saint Helens Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Scappoose Industrial Airpark airport (SPB) located about 43 miles southwest of Mount Saint Helens in Scappoose, Oregon, the Portland International airport (PDX) located approximately 46 miles southwest of Mount Saint Helens in Portland, Oregon, the Portland Troutdale airport (TTD) located roughly 46 miles south of Mount Saint Helens in Portland, Oregon, the Chehalis Centralia airport (CLS) located around 50 miles northwest of Mount Saint Helens in Chehalis, Washington, the Portland Hillsboro airport (HIO) located about 58 miles southwest of Mount Saint Helens in Hillsboro ( Portland ), Oregon, the Olympia airport (OLM) located approximately 63 miles northwest of Mount Saint Helens in Olympia, Washington, the Columbia Gorge Regional The Dalles Municipal airport (DLS) located roughly 63 miles southeast of Mount Saint Helens in The Dalles, Oregon, and finally the Aurora State airport (UAO) located around 71 miles southwest of Mount Saint Helens in Aurora, Oregon.

Mount Saint Helens Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Oaks Amusement ParkPortlandOR52.2 mi.
Puyallup FairPuyallupWA68.3 mi.
Wild Waves and Enchanted VillageFederal WayWA77.8 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA77.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Ironwood Green Golf CourseGlenomaWA21.5 mi.
Maple Grove GolfRandleWA25.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Cooper SpurPortlandOR52.2 mi.
Mount Hood MeadowsPortlandOR52.2 mi.
Mount Hood SkibowlGovernment CampOR65.4 mi.
State Parks
Wormald State ParkWA27.4 mi. 
Ike Kinswa State ParkWA29.7 mi. 
Seaquest State ParkWA30.3 mi. 
Battle Ground State ParkWA31.2 mi. 
Paradise Point State ParkWA33.9 mi. 
Barnes State ParkWA36.6 mi. 
Lewis and Clark State ParkWA37.0 mi. 
Jackson Court House State ParkWA38.2 mi. 
Matilda Jackson State ParkWA38.2 mi. 
Beacon Rock State ParkWA38.3 mi. 
Lang Forest State ParkOR39.4 mi. 
International Museum of Carousel ArtHood RiverOR46.9 mi.(Art)
Oregon Historical SocietyPortlandOR52.2 mi.(History)
Oregon Museum of Science and IndustryPortlandOR52.2 mi.(Science)
Bathtub Art MuseumPortlandOR52.2 mi.(Art)
Portland Art MuseumPortlandOR52.2 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA46.3 mi.
Oregon ZooPortlandOR52.2 mi.
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA73.8 mi.
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA97.4 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA97.4 mi.

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