Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Travel Guide

Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Sights

Johnston Ridge Observatory

  • 2400 Spirit Lake Hwy. Map It
  • Toutle
  • Information Center
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/05/2016

Fodor's Review

The visitor center closest to the summit is named for scientist David Johnston, who was killed by the mountain's immense lateral blast, and stands at the end of the park's Spirit Lake Highway. Inside are fascinating exhibits on the mountain's geology, instruments measuring volcanic and seismic activity, and a theater that shows a riveting film that recounts the 1980 eruption. Several short trails afford spectacular views of the summit.

Sight Information

Address:

2400 Spirit Lake Hwy., Toutle, Washington, 98649, USA

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Phone:

360-274–2140

Sight Details:

  • $8
  • Closed mid-May–early Nov.

Published 04/05/2016

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