A few months ago I completed my goal to climb to the top of Mt. St. Helens. It was an amazing experience but the one thing it didn’t do was give me a close up view of the blast zone located on the opposite side of the mountain. So the other day I took a friend up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory and we did a nice 9 mile hike down to Spirit Lake.
The blast zone is such a weird place because it feels like walking around in the desert in Arizona yet it’s located in the Pacific Northwest. Just a few miles down the road the scenery completely changes.
It’s definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Washington. Highly recommend it!