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Incredible views right opposite the crater. Lots of good information boards. Inside there was a small shop, a model, some info boards and a short informational movie (nothing you can't see on youtube). The ranger talk outside was really interesting and informative (but anyone could...More
Although I have been visiting Washington State since 1980 when the great mountain erupted, this was my first trip dedicated to exploring Mount St. Helens. The drive to Johnston Ridge is scenic and educational. There are several places to stop along the way for recreational...More
The observatory is small, but well worth a day visit. The views are spectacular, and the displays are very interesting. My wife and I were particularly impressed by the stories of the survivors of the 1980 eruption. A large photograph of the mountain which was...More
This place really emphasizes nature's immense power and it's ability to recreate itself so quickly. Mt. St. Helens is not the most beautiful mountain to look at, but this observatory really helps a visitor find the inner beauty. Hikes galore, no need to get a...More
Pressed for time, we nearly passed this up. After all, desolate-looking Mount St. Helens can be viewed multiple places along the route. But don’t be tempted to move on without experiencing nature’s resiliency up close.
The engrossing video ends with the screen rising to reveal...More
Quite breezy on the day we arrived so our plan of hiking the trail close to the observatory was cut short, but we’ll definitely be back! Beautiful! So awesome to see the growth since the eruption; i was 13 then!
Wonderful for an up close look at the volcanic crater. The visitors center is huge and has much to offer. We watched a short film that was very informative about the mountains history and aftermath of the eruptions.
No regrets making the drive through such...More
Instead of telling you how great everything is, which it is, I will use this space to provide you with a few tips to help you navigate your trip to the Observatory:
Bring your own food or stop at a restaurant on the way there...More
The road to the observatory is generally open from May through October depending on the snow pack. Since Memorial Day is the very end of May, the road should be open. I imagine that the Observatory will be open for the... More
The road to the observatory is generally open from May through October depending on the snow pack. Since Memorial Day is the very end of May, the road should be open. I imagine that the Observatory will be open for the holiday, but even if it isn't, the viewpoint from the observatory grounds are quite striking if the weather is clear. If it is cloudy, the view is limited.