Johnston Ridge Observatory Reviews
We spent quite a while here, listening to an interesting talk by one of the Rangers and reading the survival stories. The view from the observatory is amazing. more »
Incredible views right opposite the crater. Lots of good information boards. Inside there was a small shop, a model, some info boards and a short informational movie (nothing you can't see on youtube)... more »
The indoor facility provides informative displays to help visitors understand volcanic processes and how Mount St. Helens has changed over time, especially the recent dramatic eruption and its consequences. A short trail leads to informational placards as well as the memorial site, and the views are amazing. Be aware that hiking is restricted, as there are hazards. Permits are needed on some trails. Other routes, especially those approaching the mountain itself, are accessible only to researchers and others with special permissions. Check maps carefully and be safe. This is an active volcano.
Beautiful location surrounded by mountains. A great place to get aware of the places for sight seeing as well as hiking to certain points. Love the movie. Very helpful staff.
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