Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake is on the shore of Silver Lake, 5 mi. e. of I-5 exit 49 to 3029 SR 504 (Spirit Lake Memorial Hwy.). A walk-in model of the volcano illustrates its composition; pictorial and interpretive material and a film highlight the May 18, 1980, eruption. A short trail outside the center leads to a viewpoint overlooking Silver Lake and, 34 miles east, Mount St. Helens. The vegetation along a 1-mile wetlands trail is representative of the local ecosystem's ongoing recovery.
Hours: Daily 9-5, mid-May to mid-Sept.; daily 9-4, Mar. 1 to mid-May and mid-Sept. through Oct. 31; Thurs.-Mon. 9-4, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 30 minutes minimum.