Trip Around Mount St Helens
At the beginning of November, family visited us in Portland, and we decided to take a day trip up to Mount St. Helens in Washington. We were lucky enough to experience the most beautiful weather and an opportunity to picnic near a magnificent volcano. Many people make the trip around the northwest side of the mountain to Johnston Ridge Observatory, which is neat because you get a lot more history about the volcano; however, we like to explore the south side of the mountain where you can hike through Ape caves (lava tubes) and Lava Canyon. There is also a fun interpretative walk through the Trail of Two Forests, where imprints of an ancient woodland remain after a lava flow ripped through the area.
This winding southern route is one of the most gorgeous fall drives and provides incredible views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams.