Johnson Ridge Observatory Walk

EASY 10 reviews

Johnson Ridge Observatory Walk is a 0.6 mile loop trail located near Toutle, Washington that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
95 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

views

hiking
2 days ago

scenic driving
14 days ago

The views were BREATHTAKING on the way up to the observatory. Plenty of viewpoints along the way without any obstruction to look at mt St. Helens!

My 7 year old boys got tired quick on this trail, sights were beautiful!

hiking
23 days ago

1 month ago

Easy walk past the observatory parking lot with breathtaking panoramic views. Take note of all the volcanic rocks on the trail.

walking
1 month ago

9 months ago

Great for pictures and to meet visitor center interpreters.

11 months ago

Not really a hike, but it's a nice walk with good views of the sleeping mountain

walking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Awesome paved .5 mile loop with interpretive signs and panoramic views of Mt. St. Helens. The day before we visited there was a 3.1 magnitude earthquake and the crater was smokin’. Check out the seismic monitoring equipment, area map model and eruption video at Johnston Ridge VC and learn about the effects of the explosion from the May 18, 1980 catastrophic event. From an educational standpoint about the volcanic history of the area, this is one not to miss.

hiking
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This isn't the most challenging 'hike' and it isn't the longest. But it does offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the crater of an active volcano while standing on the ridge 5 miles away that bore the brunt of the eruption on May 18, 1980. As the eruption occurred, it took less than 90 seconds for the blast to hit Johnston Ridge and basically wipe it clean. The strewn carcasses of trees off the sides of the trail bear testament to the incredible force of nature whose wake you are now walking in. A truly incredible experience, and coupled with all the history, etc. from the Observatory, an amazing time capsule of American history. Only downside? No pets but that is the case for all National Parks.