Mount St. Helens
Take USFS Road #83 past Ape Cave, towards
Climber's Bivouac or Lahar Viewpoint and
Lava Canyon and almost every
to a campsite. You are up and personal with
Helens. If you look close at the
photo above, Mount St. Helens is
sending up a plume of smoke. It was acting
up the last couple
weeks, but nothing serious.
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
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
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
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
Parking at Ape Cave
Ape Cave was named by members of an outdoor
group called the Mount St. Helens Apes.
Also see: 29 PINES CAMPGROUND
Also see: AVERY
Also see: CLIFFS
Also see: FRENCH
Also see: GLENWOOD-GOLDENDALE
Also see: MOUNT SAINT HELENS
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.
Complete free campground listing
CAMPING ADVICE AND TIPS
Free campgrounds and camping
WASHINGTON CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT (South)