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Last August I made my first ever trip up to Mount St. Helens with my family. Despite having lived in the region all my life, I had never been before. Along the way, we stopped at Fire Mountain Grill at Hoffstadt Bluffs for lunch. There are some great views of the Toutle River Valley from the back deck, including the desolate areas of ash and destruction which still surround the river.
Toutle River Valley, Mount St Helens ash & debris by Dawna Morton
Toutle River Valley, Mount St Helens ash & debris by Dawna Morton
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The summer sun breaks through a cloudy pacific northwest sky, shining on the Toutle River as it meanders through the ash and debris left in Mt. St. Helens’ path of volcanic destruction through the Toutle river valley. Off in the distance the mountains are peaceful below the ominous clouds.
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Once we reached Johnston’s Ridge, there were some breathtaking views of the mountain as well as a nice visitors center with a movie about the eruption and tons of activities for the kids. There is a day use fee for being there though, so If you go up be prepared to fork out some money.

Mount St Helens lava dome by Dawna Morton
Mount St Helens lava dome by Dawna Morton
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Swathed in billowing white clouds, the snow cover mount Saint Helens lava dome has an ominous kind of beauty.
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Lake and mountain view near Johnstons Ridge by Dawna Morton
Lake and mountain view near Johnston’s Ridge by Dawna Morton
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I’m not 100% sure which lake this is, but I think based on looking at maps that it is either Coldwater Lake or Clearwater Lake.

As seen from Johnston’s Ridge, near Mount Saint Helens, a hiking path climbs towards either Coldwater Lake or Clearwater Lake through mountains still recovering from the volcano’s destruction.

We only hiked up to the top of the first little viewing area and back, but it looks like it would have been fun to make a day of it and hike the whole path if we’d had more time and more energy that day. The paths  were paved  and even stroller  friendly, albeit a bit steep.

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Lake and mountain view near Johnstons Ridge 2 by Dawna Morton
Lake and mountain view near Johnston’s Ridge 2 by Dawna Morton
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I think based on looking at maps this shows Coldwater Lake and Clearwater Lake. As seen from Johnston’s Ridge, near Mount Saint Helens, Coldwater Lake and Clearwater Lake are seen surrounded by mountains still recovering from the Mt St Helens’ volcanic destruction.
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Mount St Helens lava dome 2 by Dawna Morton
Mount St Helens lava dome 2 by Dawna Morton
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A break in the clouds over the snow-covered mount Saint Helens lava dome bathes the crater in summer sunlight..
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