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Silver Lake Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Visitor Center parking, Silver Lake (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Regulations or restrictions, etc

  • $10 day-use pass or annual Discover Pass required
  • Dogs on leash
  • Picnic tables, interpretive trail
  • $5 admission to the Visitor Center
  • Visitor Center hours:
    • March 1 - May 15, open daily 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • May 16 - September 15 open daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • September 16 - October 31 open daily 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • November 1 - February 28, open Thursday through Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
    • The center is closed on major holidays.

Driving Directions

Drive I-5 north to Exit 49 for Highway 504E, Castle Rock, and Toutle.

After exiting, make a right for the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Centers, and drive 5.2 miles before turning right for the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center.

Make an immediate left and park in the large parking area above the Visitor Center.


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