Last wildflower stop- Mt. St. Helens

The third day in the mountains took us through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to the East side view of Mt. St. Helens. When the mountain blew in 1980 the devastation surrounded one direction 17 miles. The ash plume circled the earth then returned, according to the Ranger talk. In 1982 then President Reagan specified a certain area near the mountain to be left as is and let nature recover without any human intervention. There is a research study area designated. Outside the study area is where the forest service removed trees and replanted in a “managed forest” way and removed downed trees so they would not contribute to a huge forest fire if a lightning strike started one in the area. Sounds right to me since the Northern part of WA is having huge forest fires as I write.

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

Spirit Lake rose 200 ft. due to glacier melting.

Spirit Lake rose 200 ft. due to glacier melting.

Reforestation at age 30.

Reforestation at age 30.


Forest flower

Forest flower


forest flower

forest flower

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5 thoughts on “Last wildflower stop- Mt. St. Helens

  1. The white part of Spirit Lake are logs that were pushed down the mountain, across the pumice plain and into the lake. So they still float 32 years later. Very interesting!

  2. I climbed Mt St Helens back in the early 70’s when I lived in Portland–long before she blew. Loved everything about the PNW, yet was called back to the east coast where I appear to be planted…Miss those rose gardens and Japanese gardens in Portland! Poor Mt St Helens!

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