Mount St. Helens

View from Spirit Lake towards Mount St. Helens. Path of pyroclastic flow from north side towards lake clearly visible; August 2003


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Mark Straub

Mark Straub - Dec 24, 2007 1:03 pm - Voted 10/10

Excellent photo!

Great picture of the destruction that flowed into Spirit Lake.


SoCalHiker - Dec 24, 2007 1:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Excellent photo!

Thanks. It was a strange feeling standing there knowing that at the time of the eruption people who might have been at that same spot were engulfed in that cloud and swept away within seconds.


lcarreau - Jan 21, 2008 11:36 pm - Voted 10/10


What are you doing up so late?
Great photo of Spirit Lake! According
to newspapers of the time, Spirit Lake
was clogged with a mass of fallen trees,
logs, mud and ash. Blocked by the mudflow,
the lake level rose from 3198 to 3408 feet.
A tunnel was constructed by the Army Corps
of Engineers through the debris to prevent
a collapse of its dam and valley flooding.
Rainbow trout have returned to Spirit Lake!


SoCalHiker - Jan 22, 2008 12:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: SoCalHiker!

checking SP of course...LOL. Thanks for your comments. It's great to hear and see that the ecosystem is recovering from the eruption. Of course these events have happened constantly throughout of earth's history and have shaped our landscape over time. It's just because the Mount St. Helens eruption occured in recent history that this event is so heavily discussed and documented. It's a great place to visit nature's forces first hand.

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