When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, more than 1,000 feet of the mountain was destroyed and deposited in areas for miles around the volcano. Those pieces, known as hummocks, are large deposits of rock, mud, ash and other pieces of the mountain that vary in size — some as large as a few hundred feet.
There’s no better place to get up close with remnants of the mountain while getting a grand view of the volcano than the Hummocks Trail, just ten miles from the crater of Mount St. Helens. This family-friendly trail loops around a part of the Toutle River Valley, originating in a parking lot near Coldwater Lake and ending there as well.
The Hummocks Trail is a great opportunity to see the plant and animal life that has begun to call the area home in the years since the eruption. In the spring, lupine and red paintbrush can be seen in some areas; ponds provide ilfe-giving water to animals such as beavers and birds.
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