Johnston Ridge Observatory, Toutle

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#3 of 18 in Childrens Museums in Washington State
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  • October 2, 2017
    Fantastic views of the 1980 collapse/eruption of the north side along with the regeneration and new lakes formed as a result of the eruption. The rangers do an excellent live program and have films of...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    We have all seen the destruction caused by the eruption of Mt St Helens on TV an film. But to make the drive to the Johnston Ridge Observatory from the lush forested slopes of Mt Rainier you get a sen...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    The drive up to Johnston Ridge Observatory is stunning and mind-boggling to get a sense of what happened here in May 1980. The interpretive programs, films and exhibits at the observatory bring it all...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    Awesome spot; would definitely recommend for a day trip. We did a 2-day trip (traveling from Seattle) but I think it's doable in just a day if you start early. Definitely check for weather on the day of starting. If its even cloudy, you may want to reconsider the trip and pick a sunny day instead.
  • July 4, 2017
    This place definitely has the best views of Mt St Helens. If you get a chance, be sure to spend more time exploring the surrounding areas. It is windy at this location.
  • June 12, 2017
    We were there on the 37th anniversary of the eruption so admission was free, and boy was it busy - and that was fantastic! The observatory has some great interactive exhibits and there are rangers that give talks about the mountain. It was still snowy and cold when we were there, and we nearly fell down a couple times from slush but it was a blast. It was very powerful to be able to stand on the ridge where David Johnston stood 37 years ago, and image the pyroclastic flow moving towards you. I know I won't forget it, and look forward to exploring the nearby trails when the weather improves. Because of the fragile ecosystem, please remember that no pets are allowed beyond the parking lot, so leave your furry friends either at home or in the car.
  • July 9, 2017
    Best views of MSH with great ranger help, educational center, junior ranger program, & 2 20+ minute movies describing the events & effects of the volcano.
  • July 7, 2017
    About as up close and personal as the general public can get to Mt St Helens. Bring your Northwest Forrest Pass if you have one, you can use it as admission for one adult to hike the trails.

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