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Johnston Ridge Observatory

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21500 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle, WA 98649
+1 360-274-2140
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle
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A small observatory poised dramatically on a cliff overlooking the debris left over from the famous 1980 volcano explosion.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mt st” (38 reviews)
“visitor center” (48 reviews)
“ranger talk” (20 reviews)
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21500 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle, WA 98649
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+1 360-274-2140
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"mt st"
in 38 reviews
"visitor center"
in 48 reviews
"ranger talk"
in 20 reviews
"volcanic eruption"
in 6 reviews
"active volcano"
in 6 reviews
"minute movie"
in 8 reviews
"visitors centers"
in 5 reviews
"huge parking lot"
in 4 reviews
"national park pass"
in 5 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 15 reviews
"great view of mt"
in 6 reviews
"excellent displays"
in 4 reviews
"gift shop"
in 22 reviews
"clean restrooms"
in 6 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 12 reviews
"castle rock"
in 12 reviews
"spirit lake"
in 22 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is worth the drive to the observatory. The day we drove was rainy, windy, and snowy and the top of the mountain was fogged in but it was still worth the trip. They have ranger programs and a movie about Mt. Saint Helens eruption....More

Thank Pamomanddad
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you're wanting to see Mt. St. Helens, this is the top of the mountain. The observatory is very nicely done and quite informative. There are a number of hiking trails from here. The theatre is terrific, with 2 different videos each worth seeing. And...More

Thank crangrammy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At Christmastime, 1980, I received a bottle of Mount St. Helens ash from relatives in Washington, who had to deal with the volcanic aftermath in many parts of the state. Living in Pennsylvania at the time, I was aware of the eruption, but had no...More

Thank R T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive along 504 up to the observatory is long and views are great. But at the observatory itself, the view are amazing. There is a charge once you get there, but it is well worth it. We arrived on a day when there were...More

Thank Dawn S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cool place with nice view of Mt. St Helen. Huge parking lot and good starting point for hike. No electricity........again!

Thank EugeneOregonUSA
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

The Johnston Ridge Observatory offers the closest view of Mt. St.Helen available to the public. One can not only view the mountain but see panoramic view of the damage from the eruption in 1980. Many dead trees still stand on mountain areas surrounding Mt. St....More

1  Thank BunsenBurner40
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Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

Ok. To be fair the drive was amazing-but y’all seriously need a better way to let visitors from OUT OF STATE to know “hey we are closed don’t make the drive. 🤷🏼‍♀️” we have a 6 year old and an 11 month old and it...More

4  Thank Jennifer P
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Reviewed February 28, 2018

I live in Minnesota now but lived in Vancouver, WA at the time of the two eruptions. I go back every year for the pas 10 years to see how things have changed. I love it here.

Thank 375debh
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Reviewed February 9, 2018

Did our own tour around the Observatory. First time here since before the 1980 eruption. What a view, can still see the ash path in the distances with fallen trees. If you have the time and are properly prepared with water and hiking gear, I...More

Thank Steven K
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Reviewed January 17, 2018

We planned the journey to visit the observatory on our road trip in the US. It was an amazing day out and well worth it. The takes you off the main interstate there is a long drive up to Mount St Helens (~50 miles) climbing...More

1  Thank MAR-AM-UK
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Mishelle H
March 24, 2018|
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Response from kumtux | Reviewed this property |
The road to the observatory is generally open from May through October depending on the snow pack. Since Memorial Day is the very end of May, the road should be open. I imagine that the Observatory will be open for the... More
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alchemilla2014
January 17, 2018|
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Response from PatB-Sonoma | Reviewed this property |
The campground accepts RV's up to 28' long, so your 22' will have no problem.
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twalcott65
January 2, 2018|
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Response from 1Feathers | Reviewed this property |
I always try to assist but what are you talking about ? What map are you referring to ? I come from the UK and visited JRO briefly and just expreesed my opinions. You are asking questions to the wrong person.
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