• Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument - Toutle, Washington

      Roadtrip Attraction
      In May 1980, an earthquake triggered a huge explosion out of its northern side. Winds of 670 mph and temperatures exceeding 800 degrees F destroyed everything in their path. 230 square miles of forest vanished in a matter of seconds. As did 57 people. Where moments before there'd been a peak, there was now a crater. Wisps of gray smoke still emanate from the new lava dome inside the crater. The views from Johnston Ridge Observatory are unforgettable.

      Photo by Peter Thody

      Links:


      Johnston Ridge Observatory
      24000 Spirit Lake Highway
      Toutle, Washington 98649 USA


      Phone Numbers:

      Johnston Ridge Observatory
      +1 (360) 274-2140


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