We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Johnston Ridge Observatory

21500 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle, WA 98649
+1 360-274-2140
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
A small observatory poised dramatically on a cliff overlooking the debris left over from the famous 1980 volcano explosion.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ranger talks” (36 reviews)
“mt st” (37 reviews)
“visitor center” (48 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
21500 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle, WA 98649
21500 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle, WA 98649
+1 360-274-2140
Write a ReviewReviews (407)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 394 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

We planned the journey to visit the observatory on our road trip in the US. It was an amazing day out and well worth it. The takes you off the main interstate there is a long drive up to Mount St Helens (~50 miles) climbing...More

Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

this was the top spot on our trip. seeing Mount Saint Helen's and the aftermath of what happened. looking down on the valley you can see where the landslide ran like a river. they had a couple overlooks talking up the elk but we didn't...More

Thank karlee_sos
Reviewed 5 November 2017

The view of Mt St Helens from the observatory is incredible. I was even more impressed by the drive up. The views of both the trees and the frequent viewing areas were amazing. I was fortunate that the day I went, the leaves had just...More

Thank Eric T
Reviewed 26 October 2017

On a whim, took a trip up to Mt. Saint Helens the second weekend of October, 2017. Even though it had snowed up there on Friday and there was still ice on the road and sidewalk in shady areas, mid-day promised to be spectacular! Sixty...More

Thank kumtux
Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is simply the best place to visit and understand the awesome power of Mt. St. Helens and to understand the reality of what happened, to see the way that nature is regenerating the landscape and to see the way the mountain itself is reforming...More

Thank R0bAlex
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Always wanted to visit this site after grading countless case studies as a geography teacher (now retired) in the UK. Great view of the mountain itself and an understanding of the observatory and the role of David Johnston.

Thank YorksRick
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We have enjoyed both our visits to this location. If there is a ranger program be sure to attend. You get a lot of facts on Mt. St. Helen's. There are plenty of trails to walk on around the observatory. If you have a National...More

Thank Wanda R
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We had planned our trip to the Pacific northwest for months and knew there had been smoke and haze in the area. So, I found out online that you can check the webcam from the visitor's center and check the view. We changed our visit...More

Thank Zamigaos
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

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 the event. A must see if you are in the...More

Thank Denise B
Reviewed 1 October 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 sense of the enormity of what...More

Thank 1Feathers
Nearby HotelsSee all Toutle Hotels
Lone Fir Resort
133 reviews
25.84 km away
Seasons Motel
151 reviews
31.27 km away
Randle Motel
10 reviews
35.03 km away
Eco Park
34 reviews
43.24 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Cougar Bar & Grill
46 reviews
25.71 km away
Papa Bear's Restaurant and Lounge
13 reviews
31.81 km away
Patty's Place at 19 Mile House
262 reviews
32.06 km away
The Pantry Cafe
35 reviews
34.84 km away
Nearby Attractions
Mountt St Helens National Volcanic Monument
305 reviews
.01 km away
Johnston Ridge Observatory
46 reviews
.01 km away
Hummocks Trail
17 reviews
4.75 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
17 January 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from PatB-Sonoma | Reviewed this property |
The campground accepts RV's up to 28' long, so your 22' will have no problem.
2 January 2018|
Response from 1Feathers | Reviewed this property |
I always try to assist but what are you talking about ? What map are you referring to ? I come from the UK and visited JRO briefly and just expreesed my opinions. You are asking questions to the wrong person.
Amber M
23 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Ganesh K | Reviewed this property |
The movie is every hour and not more than 15 minutes. You don't have to buy online and it is included in admission ticket of $8. The movie is ok, but good if you are interested in history with pictures and videos. When the... More