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New Mount St. Helens Trails, Campgrounds Planned

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - 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 (http://is.gd/8wTdJI ) 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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