What side of Mount St. Helens is best?
October 4, 2012 2:16 PM Subscribe
What side of Mount St. Helens would you go to on a day trip if visiting both wasn't an option?
posted by SquidLips to Travel & Transportation around Mt. St. Helens, WA (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Mrs. Lips and I are staying in Goldendale, WA this evening and the current plan is to visit Mount St. Helens tomorrow. But we can't decide what part we want to see!
We're open to any location for our stay tomorrow night, pretty much anywhere on the southerly route from Yakima to Portland, depending on the time itinerary.
It appears there's really two major Mount St. Helens options; coming in from the west and going to Johnson Observatory, or coming in from the east and going to Windy Ridge.
Visiting both does not appear to allow us much time to spend at any one site; Google says a round trip from Goldendale to each of the two sites, and back to Goldendale, is over 10 hours just in drive time. We'd at least like to get out and walk around, perhaps a little hiking (not too much), and take our time taking everything in. The shorter version of Ape Cave looks cool to me and would be an option if it can fit into our schedule.
If you were us, which way would you go / what would you do?