I feel a bit stupid, but I'm having a heck of a time figuring out a spot to camp near Mt. St. Helens. We'll be driving from Corbett, OR (about 22 miles E of Portland). After our stay at Mt. St. Helens we'd like to drive up to Seattle. It seems like it makes the most sense to stay on the East side of the Mountain. But will be able to easily access the visitor centers to the west from there? Any advice? Should we stay somewhere in Cougar instead? If so, any recommendations for a spot?
I don't know why this is so tough for me to figure out! Thanks in advance for your help.