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.