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Johnston Ridge Observatory, Toutle

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Observatory Visitor Center
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  • First of all - the movie was NOT our favorite part of this visitor center. The filming methods that they used did not enhance our viewing experience. The rest of the observatory was interesting and we...  more »
  • Do not be fooled by the "Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center" down by Castle Rock. This is REAL visitor center for the National Volcanic Monument. This is not Park Service but a Forest Service park service ...  more »
  • Super cool to see Mt. St. Helens from the Johnston Ridge Observatory and learn about the eruption and science of volcanoes. The movies are all very informative and engaging. If you are in area I highl...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Best views of MSH with great ranger help, educational center, junior ranger program, & 2 20+ minute movies describing the events & effects of the volcano.
  • 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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