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Fall 2017

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www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 18 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 The air got cooler as we neared the 3,050-foot Old Man Pass and, after 13 miles, spun northwest onto Curly Creek Road. Reaching McClellan Overlook, we found a postcard view of Mount St. Helens' southern face. Continuing west on Curly Creek Road and later Forest Road 90, thick fog and birch trees crowded the road, giving it a dreamlike haze as we negotiated 25-45-mph turns with inconsistent traction. A forest of spindly trees created an optical illusion of narrowness. The eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 reduced the mountain's peak by 1,312 feet. This view of the northern face shows the new pinnacle that's forming inside the caldera.

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