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Johnston Ridge Observatory

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Address: Toutle, WA
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A small observatory poised dramatically on a cliff overlooking the debris...

A small observatory poised dramatically on a cliff overlooking the debris left over from the famous 1980 volcano explosion.

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An Interesting Place!

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to the Mount St. Helens area, especially to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. We were here 15 years ago, and it is interesting to learn how... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 November 2016
Rockville, Maryland
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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to the Mount St. Helens area, especially to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. We were here 15 years ago, and it is interesting to learn how much has changed in the area during this time. At the observatory, there are many wonderful exhibits to explore, including an underground representation of the interior workings... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Besides the awesome beauty of Mt. St. Helens, Johnston Ridge Observatory was so interesting and sobering. The story boards brought me to tears. The movie was very moving as well. It was comforting to see the beauty that has come from the ashes. We hiked the Eruption Trail. It was easy and beautiful. You can still see downed trees. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We were lucky to see Mt St Helens on our way to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Once there, clouds came in so we couldn't see the top anymore. Amazing location, seeing the devastating power of nature. Be sure to go inside the observatory (if you have an America the Beautiful pass, take it with you, don't leave it in your... More 

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Thomasville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is a great visitors' center. Do not miss the movie, it is very informative and moving. Hopefully you will have a clear day to view the volcano.

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We travelled up the Spirit Lake Highway to the Johnson Ridge Observatory. There were stunning views of the valley below. Sadly, Mount St. Helen's was in the mist. It was fascinating and we may make the trip again on a sunny day.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Good place to observe the mountain but a better place for information. A video is shown of the volcano erupting and what the area was during it and after. Pleasant surprise is awaiting the viewers after the video.

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Wabasha, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Fascinating historical and scientific information. The building on this ridge is right across from Mt St Helens. Although the peak was under clouds the day we were there, the view was still jaw-dropping. Would love to return on a clear day to fully enjoy this mountain.

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Bergamo, Italia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Absolutely a thing that has to be seen if you are a volcanoes lover. The mount st.Helens with the missing top clearly gives you an idea of the fury of the elements. Don't miss it, if you are in the surroundings. And maybe, before to go there, give a look to the "Dante's peak" movie, inspired by the St. Helen's... More 

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Shady Shores, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

It is evident but hard to imagine the destruction that occurred when Mount St. Hellens erupted in May of 1980. A visit to the Johnson Ridge Observatory helps but the scale of this event is still hard to imagine. I recall the news reports from when I was much younger but seeing the landscape around the mountain and the videos... More 

Thank Steve A
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We set off early to see Mt. St. Helen as advised by our inn keeper to avoid tourist buses and such. It was a windy foggy drive, but the heavy fog added to the mystic. One moment you are on the valley floor and then the climb to around three to four thousand feet. We arrived at the parking lot... More 

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