New Mt. St. Helens trails, campgrounds planned

New Mt. St. Helens trails, campgrounds planned

New Mt. St. Helens trails, campgrounds planned

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 7, 2012 at 10:14 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Forest Service is looking at the possibility of adding two campgrounds and two trails at Mount St. Helens, including a new climbing route on the north side of the volcano to give hikers a look into the crater.

The National Volcanic Monument may start the environmental review this summer for a trail reaching the 6,800-foot rim on the northeast side. The Columbian reports construction could start in 2013.

The second trail would begin near Ape Cave and climb to a viewpoint.

Possible locations for two campgrounds are being studied near the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. The Forest Service hopes new campgrounds would support longer stays for education programs.

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