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

      Mount St Helens
      Photo by Peter Thody
      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.


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

      Phone Numbers:

      Johnston Ridge Observatory
      +1 (360) 274-2140