Mount St. Helens
The most beautiful hike I ever did. I hiked from the visitor's center along a small trail and at times frightening steep hillsides. Totally overwhelming, helped by the bright day and clear sky. I was glad to be alone there, it helped me to absorb this dramatic scene in my own way. Two years later I revisited Mount St. Helens with my nephew. The weather was by far not as nice as here, and the nephew was not very interested in hinking here either. Some things should be experienced alone.
Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
Mount St. Helens is most famous for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980, which was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (300 km) of highway were destroyed. The eruption caused a massive debris avalanche, reducing the elevation of the mountain's summit from 9,677 feet (2,950 m) to 8,365 feet (2,550 m) and replacing it with a mile-wide (1.5 km-wide) horseshoe-shaped crater. The debris avalanche was up to 0.7 cubic miles (2.9 km³) in volume.