Flickr album link: National Forest 25D ~ Mount St Helens
National Forest Road 25D begins at the Pine Creek Visitor Center south of Mount St Helens and this touring route runs through the deep rain forests on the east of the big volcano. One would assume that this would truly be a spectacular scenic drive with endless views of the towering volcanic peak, but the opposite is actually true. The forest is so thick all along this road that it basically compares to driving through a rainforest tunnel. Those who relish the thought of capturing panoramic views certainly will be disappointed, while those who simply like meandering through a deep forest will find this scenic drive to be a dream come true.
Picturesque views of the south side of Mount St Helens and the Swift Reservoir Lake can be found near the Pine Creek Ranger Station, so it is best to plan on spending some extra time in this place before the NF 25D touring experience begins. This area is the best place to capture images of the towering volcano it all of its glory, so be sure to pack a camera for the ride. Once the trip north on NF 25D is underway, driving slow in order to take in the sights and sounds of the deep woods is the best way to go. There are very few places where clearings will be found, but there are several hiking trailheads along the way. Some of these trails meander into the wilderness on the eastern slopes, while others go to great creekside fishing spots where Bigfoot will be the only witness for a record size catch. NF 25D definitely is a touring road for rainforest fans, so be sure to log this trip on the books!
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