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Johnston Ridge Observatory

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Address: Toutle, WA
Phone Number: 360-274-2140
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Description: A small observatory poised dramatically on a cliff overlooking the debris...
A small observatory poised dramatically on a cliff overlooking the debris left over from the famous 1980 volcano explosion.
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An Awe Inspiring Visit!

A must see! Mt. St. Helens has always been on my bucket list since seeing countless movies about the eruption in May of 1980. I was not disappointed! The observatory has a great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Michelle G
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Winchester
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Winchester
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A must see! Mt. St. Helens has always been on my bucket list since seeing countless movies about the eruption in May of 1980. I was not disappointed! The observatory has a great 17 minute movie on the events of the eruption of 1980 and the human element. Don't get up when the movie ends...wait there is an awesome surprise!... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing view and it was great to learn about the history. If you have time to do the hike it looks fabulous. The theatre was great too. Again the view is Amazing!!!

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Redmond, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Make sure you check the live webcam at Johnston Ridge Observatory (http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/) before you start There is a $8 fee They play a short movie about the volcano, and it is pretty good. Be prepared for a surprise once the movie ends, and the screen moves up :) Views of St Helens are just amazing!!

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is an excellent place to view Mt. St. Helens. The crowd was not too large during the middle of the week. Remember to bring a jacket. It is cold and windy up there!

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Arapaho
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200 reviews 200 reviews
44 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It is amazing to see the volcano after all these years, the drive up to the observatory is great. Try to time your visit while it is not raining.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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50 reviews 50 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We went for a family trip to this great place, with following result and feedback for you as TripAdvisor User Entrance/Welcome = good Service = good Location & Atmosphere = great View = unbelievable Next time again = yes Hint/Tip: - take a jacket with you it's getting colder

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Aurora, Colorado
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Loved it all and very informational and the weather was great so the view was wonderful. Great photo taking spot. A must see for all.

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Chicago, Illinois
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95 reviews 95 reviews
21 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

There are four Visitor Centers on Spirit Lake Highway, the last being Johnston Ridge Observatory. We went to this one first, and stopped at the others on the way back. I realize that we were so fortunate to have a beautiful sunny day to see the volcano, though the breeze was chilly, so bring a jacket. At the observatory, we... More 

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Staunton
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125 reviews 125 reviews
21 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My daughter wasn't really pumped at the thought of driving about 50 miles in and then back out in order to go here...but...she was blown away by the view of St. Helens. Photos do not do it justice. The movie at the visitor center was very moving....BUT...people in charge....PLEASE let the tourists know that the voice yelling at the very... More 

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Toledo, Washington
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127 reviews 127 reviews
55 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Awesome hike from Johnson Ridge observatory, Takes you to an amazing view of Spirit Lake and Mt Adams. Roughly an 8 mile hike round trip. Took me about 4 hrs, as I was stopping for pictures alot. Little bit of up and down, not bad. But I was burning by the return. The views are FANTASTIC! From J.R.O. you go... More 

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Additional Information about Johnston Ridge Observatory

Address: Address: Toutle, WA
Phone Number: 360-274-2140
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Toutle
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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