The "plan" for this morning was to find a campground to stay in for a few days. I took route 123 south to U.S. 12 where there is a large Forest Service Campground (La Wis Wis). It was a nice campground but the sites were close together and it looked to be pretty full. I continued south on U.S. 12 through the town of Packwood and on to Randle where I turned onto Forest Service road 25, which goes toward Mount St. Helens.
Ten miles from Randle I "discovered" Iron Creek Campground, a fantastic facility in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It was big with five loops and probably 150 sites. I picked out a site, paid the fee, and headed on up the road toward Windy Ridge and the eastern side of Mount St. Helens.
Sunday morning May 18, 1980. The above photo shows Mount St. Helens in the distance with the top 1,000 feet of the mountain gone. The main difference I noticed between this visit and the one in September 2010 is how much more vegetation there is and how much more greener it is now.
One area of Spirit Lake is nearly filled with downed trees.
A zoomed-in view of one section of trees against the shore.
Mount St Helens :: 30 Years Later posted on September 13, 2010.
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Becky Wiseman, "Mount St. Helens - August 5th," Kinexxions, posted September 18, 2015 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2015/09/mount-st-helens-august-5th.html : accessed [access date])