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Johnston Ridge Observatory Tours and Activities

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There are a few viewpoints along the road leading from highway I-5 to Mount St. Helens, but the best (and closest to the volcano) is the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

The Johnston Ridge Observatory is at the end of State Route 504, and the visitor center overlooks not only the yawning crater of Mount St. Helens but also a huge swath of the blast zone. Exhibits walk visitors through what happened on the morning of May 18, 1980, as well as the scientific history that led up to that enormous eruption. There are trails that begin at the Observatory for day hikes, including a half-mile trail that offers great views into the crater.

Johnston Ridge is named for the volcanologist David Johnston, who was surveying changes in Mount St. Helens in May of 1980 when it finally erupted. He was never found.

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State Route 504, Toutle, Washington
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Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour

Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour

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Visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Seattle. Travel just a few miles from the crater to see the steaming volcano. Walk through the park with a naturalist guide and discover how volcanoes are monitored. Learn more about the geological events that transpired during the 1980 eruption. Transportation plus a picnic lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day are provided. Seattle hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Mount St. Helens Full Day Trip

Mount St. Helens Full Day Trip

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Mt. Saint Helen's, is a national monument and active volcano. She is one of 5 Washington State volcanoes and it was May 18, 1980, when the eruption brought this quiet mountain to the world's attention. On your tour, you'll see the devastation caused by the 1980 eruption and the slow return of nature’s flora. A full day of adventure, you'll visit the Forest Learning Center, stop for lots of photo ops, and visit Johnston Ridge Visitor Center.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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The Mt St Helens Adventure Tour from Portland

The Mt St Helens Adventure Tour from Portland

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Discover lava tube caves, old-growth forests, waterfalls, and more on a guided tour of Mt. St. Helens. The park’s vastness and variety of attractions can be overwhelming on your own, but by visiting with a guide you don’t miss any of the highlights. Plus, you can learn about the area’s geology, ecology, and history—much of which you might miss if visiting the park on your own.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Should I book Johnston Ridge Observatory tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Johnston Ridge Observatory can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 3 Johnston Ridge Observatory tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Johnston Ridge Observatory 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Johnston Ridge Observatory costs USD 263.14. Guided Johnston Ridge Observatory tours start around USD 263.14 per person. See all 3 Johnston Ridge Observatory tickets and tours on Viator.
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