Olympic and Mt St Helens Road Trip

This road trip includes parks: Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and more!

Olympic offers glacier capped mountains, wild Pacific coast and magnificent stands of old-growth forests, including temperate rain forests. About 95% of the park is designated wilderness, which further protects these diverse and spectacular ecosystems.

On May 18, 1980, at 8:32 Sunday morning, Mount Saint Helens erupted. Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of the mountain collapsed in an astounding rock debris avalanche. Almost 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits almost instantly. A mushroom shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet in the air and drifted downwind, turning day into night over eastern Washington and beyond.

Mount Rainier was established in 1899. The 235,625 acres includes Mount Rainier at 14,410'. This is an active volcano encasing over 35 square miles of snow and ice.

From Rain forests to volcanoes, Olympic to Mount St Helens to Mount Rainier, there's plenty for any park enthusiast to enjoy. Use this self-guided road trip to help you plan your adventure around the state of Washington.

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.