ElevationAscent: 82' 25 m
Descent: -121' -37 m
High: 4,310' 1,314 m
Low: 4,190' 1,277 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“Enjoy beautiful, unobstructed views of Mt. St. Helens (and her crater!) from Johnston Ridge.”— Emily Roeben
Family Friendly The observatory at the trailhead is great for kids, and seeing the scale of a volcano's destruction is sure to impress.
$8 per adult fee is required to hike this trail.
This relaxing paved trail is less than one mile one-way. People visiting Johnston Ridge Observatory can take this trail and either connect to the parking area, or connect to other trails in the area.
The trail includes interpretive signs, kiosks, and incredible views of Mount St. Helens and the blast zone that surrounds the mountain. Through the informational signs, you learn about and see pictures of the mountain before, during, and after the eruption.
The farther along the trail you go, the better the angle becomes for seeing the crater.
America the Beautiful passes are accepted.
Road Conditions: fs.usda.gov/recarea/gifford…
Mountain Cam: fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/…
Please be advised that no pets are allowed in the national monument EXCEPT in designated areas.
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