Weekend Getaway: Mount St. Helens Silver Lake Visitor Center

craig.hill@thenewstribune.comJune 7, 2013 

MOUNT ST. HELENS SILVER LAKE VISITOR CENTER

What: More than 300,000 people visit the Mount. St. Helens Silver Lake Visitor Center each year. The facility is packed with interpretive displays on the area’s cultural and historical significance. The history of the mountain since the May 18, 1980, eruption is documented here.

Where: Six miles east of Castle Rock on state Route 504

When: Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 15 and 9 a.m-4 p.m. from Sept. 16- May 15.

Activities: A highlight of the facility is a large, step-in model of the volcano. You can also view two working seismographs. Outside, you can explore Silver Lake on a 1-mile trail. Nearby Seaquest State Park offers hiking, bird watching and boating.

Getting there: From Interstate 5, take Exit 49 to state Route 504. The facility is located six miles east adjacent to Seaquest State Park.

Cost: $5 for those older than 15, $2.50 for youth ages 7-17, free for children 6 and younger. Family passes are $15.

Of note: A boardwalk lets visitors hike through wetland areas without causing damage.

Information: 360-274-0962, parks.wa.gov/stewardship/mountsthelens

craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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