The Best Travel Guide to Grand Mound, Washington
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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is an easy drive from Grand Mound to Ashford. Just an hour and a half away, the National Park is a must-see. With the warmer weather, myriad opportunities bloom for fun at the Park. Enjoy hiking, National Park camping, National Forest camping, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, mountaineering, road biking, trail running, and driving tours. The Driving Tours allow visitors to circle Rainier, explore scenic byways and take lots of pictures. During the cooler seasons, enjoy cross country skiing, snowmobiling, the Snowplay Area, snowshoeing, winter camping and snowboarding.
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Johnston Ridge Observatory

Nearly an hour from Grand Mound, in the heart of Mount St. Helens’ blast zone, lies the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Erected with the purpose of hosting displays that explore the biological and geological implications of the 1980 eruption, JRO features award-winning films, ranger talks, landscape observations, and lunch for guests. You are even permitted to hike the surrounding areas. During the summers, JRO holds the annual Music on the Mountain series in its outdoor amphitheater. JRO closes for the winter season but opens in May.
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Science and Learning Center at Coldwater

Also a part of Mount St. Helens’ exploratory efforts, the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater gives guests the opportunity to experience educational programs, picnic on the deck, receive information on the 1980 eruption and even purchase “Discover Your Northwest” souvenirs. Hike along the Elk Bench Trail and Lakes Trail, gaining fabulous views of Coldwater Lake and elk sightings. Once past these trails, you’ll find yourself in the stunning Mt. Margaret Backcountry.
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