On the way to Mount Saint Helens, I noticed a sign that announced a bridge overlook. I pulled off to take a look. There was an information board explaining that this spot is at the western edge of the blast zone created when the mountain exploded on May 18, 1980. Even though we are 14.8 miles (23.8 kilometers) from the crater, the pyroclastic flows were still hot enough to kill every tree here although some were left standing. The Weyerhaeuser Company, a major land owner, launched a massive salvage and reforestation effort soon after the eruption. I could see no indication of the devastation visited on this place 39 years ago.
Hike the Harry's Ridge Trail
Mount Saint Helens Volcanic National Monument
Washington State, USA