Mount St Helens Field Trip
7Wonders Museum at Mount St Helens
Saturday, August 10, 2013, 9:30 – 5:30 PM
No fee, but reservations requested
You are invited to a full day of discovery beginning at the 7Wonders Museum and Bookstore, located on the beautiful Spirit Lake Highway, gateway to Mount St Helens.
When Mount St Helens erupted in 1980, it didn’t just blow away its summit…. It also blew away the assumption that it takes millions of years of slow gradual changes to produce geological features such as canyons, rock layers and river systems. The eruption gave geologists a front-row seat to events which can create petrified forests, causing reinterpretations at Yellowstone National Park and Petrified Forest National Park. In the aftermath, its ecological recovery amazed the naysayers.
Here is our itinerary (times are tentative):
9:30 am. Arrive at 7Wonders Museum and Bookstore, 4749 Spirit Lake Highway, Silverlake, WA 98645. We are 9.5 miles from Interstate 5 (exit 49, one of two Castle Rock exits).
10:00 am Attend 7Wonders of Mount St Helens presentation
11:00 am Depart 7Wonders for auto tour, stopping at Buried A Frame, bridge overlook at entry of blast zone from the May 18, 1980 eruption.
Noon Arrive for a lunch break at the Forest Learning Center (free exhibits, gift shop, picnic and small playground). When done, depart for Hummocks Trailhead
1:30 PM Hike Hummocks Trail inside the Mount St Helens Volcanic Monument, a two hour hike (with interpretive talks,) 2.5 miles. This is a fairly easy trail for all ages, with some uphill at the very end. Hike on top of the landslide debris deposited by the largest landslide in recorded history! Observe the amazing recovery in plant and animal life!
3:30 PM Depart trailhead for our last stop, Johnston Ridge Volcanic Observatory. This is on your own. Fee area ($8 per adult, age 16 and up, children free). Exhibits, shop, films of eruption and recovery, easy, paved vista trails for great photos.
· There will be about 45 miles driving from 7Wonders to the final destination on our tour.
· Bring: sack lunch, water/snacks, sunscreen, hats, sturdy shoes/boots.
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