Johnston Ridge Observatory

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Come within a stone's throw of the crater; the view from the observatory is unparalleled. Walk out on the viewing deck, listen to an interpretive talk by a Park Ranger or take a stroll along one of the many trails leading from the observatory.

Located at the end of State Highway 504 (52 miles east of Castle Rock), in the heart of the blast zone, the observatory hosts interpretive displays that tell the biological, geological, and human story of Mount St. Helens. Visitors to Johnston Ridge Observatory can enjoy multiple award-winning films, listen to ranger talks, observe the landscape, purchase souvenirs, set off on a hike, or get a light lunch from the food cart.


Phone: (360) 274-2140

Address: 24000 Spirit Lake Hwy, Toutle, WA 98649