Mount St. Helens
Take USFS Road #83 past Ape Cave, towards
Climber's Bivouac or Lahar Viewpoint and Lava Canyon and
almost every pullout leads to a campsite. You are up and
personal with Mount St. Helens. If you look close at the
photo above, Mount St. Helens is erupting, sending up a
plume of smoke. It was acting up the last couple weeks, but
Campsite on Road#81
Our campsite was about a 1/4 mile past
Climber's Bivouac on USFS Road #81. The road to Climber's
Bivouac was closed, so we continued straight and the
pavement soon turned to dirt. Went about 1/8 mile and found
a good spot. The above photo was taken on this same road,
just a short walk from the camp. The ground is covered with
a layer of ash from when Mount St. Helens erupted, but the
main force of the blast went the other direction, leaving
the Ape Cave area relatively untouched.
Just before Lava Canyon there were
several campsites. Maybe not the best camping in the world,
but if exploring the Mount St. Helens area, they are free
and easily accessible, you are in a forest and the air is
clean and fresh. We did notice almost every camp had some
litter, from styrofoam cups to auto parts. There were no big
messes, just that you would see a couple pieces of garbage
From I-5 at Exit 21
Take Highway 503 and USFS Road 90,
approximately 36 miles to USFS Road#83.
Follow the signs to Ape Cave, Climber's
Bivouac and Lava Canyon.
Main roads are paved
Most of the dispersed campsites are on dirt roads
Reasonably maintained with some washboards.
Winter conditions include snow...
Parking at Ape Cave
Ape Cave was named by members of an
group called the Mount St. Helens Apes.
Also see: 29
Also see: AVERY
Also see: CLIFFS
Also see: FRENCH
Also see: GLENWOOD-GOLDENDALE
Also see: MOUNT
Also see: ROCK
CREEK BOAT RAMP
Also see: RUFUS
Also see: SUNDALE
Also see: TEANAWAY
Also see: WILLIAMS
Columbia River from Cliffs Park
LATITUDE: N 45°42.819
LONGITUDE: W 120°42.718
West on Hwy.14 at the John Day Dam
Road follows the Columbia River for several
miles with dispersed campsites. Incredible
Columbia River Gorge from Rufus Landing
On the Oregon side of the Columbia River
Opposite side of river from Cliffs Park
LATITUDE: N 45°41.593
LONGITUDE: W 120°45.288
Dispersed and primitive camping on the
Oregon side of the Columbia River
opposite of Cliffs Park.
John Day Dam Petroglyphs
Indian Petroglyphs at Cliffs Park
DAY DAM PETROGLYPHS
LATITUDE: N 45°42.981
LONGITUDE: W 120°42.272
From the fishing platform nearest to
John Day Dam walk along the river
towards the lock. The petroglyphs
are on the cliff face. There are Bear
Paws and other symbols.
Stonehenge Memorial near Maryhill, WA.
LATITUDE: N 45°41.660
LONGITUDE: W 120°48.380
Hwy.14 east from Maryhill, WA
Stonehenge Memorial is a replica of
the Stonehenge Monument in England...
Built by Samuel Hill as a memorial to
Klickitat County soldiers who lost their
lives in World War One. Construction
was completed in 1929.
Liberty Site, WA
Near Williams Campground in Washington.
Free campgrounds and camping
WASHINGTON CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT (South)