Johnston Ridge Observatory reviews
Mid-October day was perfect to view the mountain because the clouds were not obscuring it. There was some snow on top, and recent rains had greened up the valley. The Observatory remains mostly... more »
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 »
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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