West of the monument, Sequest State Park (88 campsites), set amid impressive old-growth trees on Wash. 504 about 5 miles off I-5, is the closest public campground to Coldwater Ridge. This campground is set on Silver Lake adjacent to the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. For reservations, contact Washington State Parks Reservations (tel. 888/226-7688;

East of the monument, Iron Creek (98 campsites), a Forest Service campground, is the closest to Windy Ridge. This campground is set amid old-growth trees on the bank of the Cispus River.

South of the monument, the Lower Falls Recreation Area (42 campsites) on the Lewis River is a beautiful spot set beside the waterfalls for which it is named. For information on national forest campgrounds in the area, contact the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, 10024 U.S. 12 (P.O. Box 670), Randle, WA 98377 (tel. 360/497-1100; For national forest campground reservations, contact (tel. 877/444-6777 or 518/885-3639).

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