The Volcanoes Area
On this day trip we went over the Astoria-Megler Bridge once again and this time made a right instead of a left! We were headed to the Mt. St. Helens Vistor Center at Silver Lake in Castle Rock, Washington.
Mt. St. Helens
Mt. St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S.
- Mt. St. Helens is in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes.
- The Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.
- Mt. St. Helens is a large eruptive cone consisting of lava rock with ash, pumice and other deposits.
- Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980 was the deadliest and most econcomically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. 57 lives lost. 250 homes destroyed. 47, bridges, 15 miles of railways and 185 miles of highway destroyed.
Castle Rock is the gateway to Mt. St. Helens and this city sits at the western base of Mt. St. Helens. Check out the Harry Truman Memorial Park to read about the legendary Spirit Lake Resort owner who refused to abandon his home to Mt. St. Helens. Welcome to Timber Country too! Castle Rock is in Washington timber country. The town was incorpated in 1890 and the local sawmill was the first to produce cedar shingles, using the Western red cedar, which grows in abundance in this region.
Made a pit stop in Cathlamet and decided to go back and take the ferry for a fun little side adventure! The Julie Butler Hansen Bridge (now SR409) takes you across the Columbia River’s Cathlamet Channel and into Puget Island. Take the Wahkiakim County Ferry from Puget Island, Washington into Westport, Oregon. Then from Westport you can head back into Astoria.
Welcome to the Island! Puget Island is a 7.5 square mile island in the Columbia River. The island was named for Peter Puget, a lieutenant in the Vancouver Expedition of exploration, which first mapped the island in 1792. Pop. 798 persons.
The Wahkiakum County Ferry
This ferry is the last regularly scheduled car ferry to cross the Columbia River between two states. The ferry can hold up to 9 cars and takes about 10 minutes to ride across the Columbia River. The cost per car is $5 and you can also walk or bike onto the ferry to cross too.
(Photos by RSheridan)