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Johnston Ridge Observatory

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Address: Toutle, WA
Phone Number: 360-274-2140
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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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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle

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This is where it all happens.....Mt St Helens (TIP for visitors)

This is where it all happens.....Mt St Helens observatory. They have a film and some exhibits inside, nice setup. Good place to spend around an hour. The day we went the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is where it all happens.....Mt St Helens observatory. They have a film and some exhibits inside, nice setup. Good place to spend around an hour. The day we went the volcano was covered in fog, so couldn'tsee the top, but there are nice views and maps on the terrace. JUNE'15 TIP Highly recommend stopping at the ranger station/visitor center... More 

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Yelm, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are coming to Washington there is a lot to see but if you want to see the what mother nature can do this is the place. It has been 456 years and you can still see the devastation. The interior cone has become a small mountain of its own as the volcano continues to become whole again. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was not sure if the drive would be worth it. But, this is a great spot to see the mountain and locale. The rangers give talks each day which are very informative. Be sure to drive here. It is about an hour from I-5. Food is available from a kiosk out side. But the menu is limited. It would... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent the night in Castle Rock and headed up to Johnston Ridge early. We were glad we did. The traffic wasn't bad and the parking lot fills up quickly on Saturday. You can't really appreciate the effects of the Mt. St. Helens eruption unless you see the mountain from this location. It almost looks other-worldly. You can see the... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a a must do if you want to learn about the eruption of Mt Saint Helens. The visitors center had excellent information and the view of the crater is a photographers dream. There's a gift shop and bathroom facilities.

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great views of the mountain and very informative. There is a theater where they show a short movie about the eruption. They have ranger programs that talk about what's been happening at the mountain since the eruption also. You do have to pay a fee. It's a good base for hiking around the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the scenic drive up to Johnston Ridge observation area. Several photo opportunities on drive up. There is an $8 entrance fee to get into the interpretive center. Golden age passports are honored. Take time to watch the two films both tell a good story. They are worth the entrance fee. Enjoyed hiking the trails around the center.

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Kingsford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful drive to the observatory. Excellent displays were very informative. The ranger talk was really nice and the video in the really nice theatre was excellent. The view of Mt. St. Helens was amazing. We lucked out - the mountain was clear, we watched the video and after 10 minutes in the gift show the whole thing was... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ride on highway 504 is very long due to construction delays at least this time of year. So allow plenty of time. There is a fee to get in and hike in the area. We took a hiking tour with a park ranger. It was great. Lots of information and incredible views. The tour took 1-1.5 hours. The hiking... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Go!!!! It is worth the trip. The observatory gives you a direct view of the mountain and watching the movie there is a MUST! We hiked and took pictures. The topography is a sight to behold. It really wasn't an all day experience (well it IS if you include the drive but the time at the observatory can be as... More 

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