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Mount St. Helens South Route

Toledo is known as the Gateway to Mount St. Helens, and the views from the Cowlitz Prairie just north of town paint a beautiful scene of the volcano in the distance with the peaceful setting of the prairie in the foreground. State Route 505 goes through Toledo on the way to linking up with the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, which leads to the mountain directly from the west side. It’s the shortest and most scenic route to the mountain’s most popular tourist areas from the north.

Start your trip by taking Exit 63 from Interstate 5, routing your trip through Toledo, and continuing on the highway until you hang a left at State Route 504.