Johnston Ridge Observatory, Toutle

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  • I never knew much about Mt. St. Helens except that it erupted, but I felt it would be interesting to go here to learn about it. We took the drive from Spirit Lake up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory....  more »
  • The Johnston Observatory and Visitor center is the best location to see the mountain and learn about what happened here. Much of the visitor center was closed because of Covid 19. but the staff were....  more »
  • Beautiful place. Can be a bit windy so bring some layers. Try to go on a clear day and you will not be disappointed. The air is so fresh and it’s a great place to spend the day. The drive up is so scenic with many vistas and places to stop along the way. Pack a picnic and enjoy a very lovely like up here. The rangers are great. If you have children ask about the free Junior Ranger program. The kids get an activity book and after completing age appropriate activities they get to “swear in” and get their very own ranger badge and it’s all free!!
  • Adequate parking. Center is air conditioned. Large theater that runs alternating 20 minute documentaries. The theater is pretty nice. The exhibit center is somewhat boring. The ranger staff is helpful and puts on hourly trails outside. There is a very crowded trail just off the center with a couple of decent viewpoints. Very nice bathrooms and refrigerated water fountains that you can tell bottles at.

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