DRIVE: Mt t Helens w/ Ken Lindsey

August 27, 2022 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Start: QFC in Enumclaw
1009 Monroe Ave.
Ken Lindsey
Drive back roads to Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens.
Start at QFC parking lot at 1009 Monroe Ave., Enumclaw. Plan to leave at 8:30am.
This will be a long day and drive, but with plenty of gas and snack stops along the way. Approximately 230 scenic miles.
Here are some things that you might want to bring:
Cooler with water, snacks, lunch.
Hat, sunscreen lotion, camp chair (for lunch).
2-way radios, binoculars (for the views) and your phone (or camera) for pics.
Jacket or long sleeve shirt (never know what the weather will be like).
See the link below for route.
This will be a scenic drive through towns like Kapowsin, Eatonville, Elbe, Morton, Mossyrock, Toledo, and Toutle, to name a few. We will stop along the way for pit stops, food/gas, and scenic views and pictures.
With any luck and good timing, we should get to the observatory center around noon time for lunch and time to explore the area and views.
Word of caution, there is no shade there (except inside) so plan accordingly. The parking and walking areas are free, but the center inside is $8. I encourage you to pay the small fee and see all of the exhibits.
Lunch there is either bring your own or buy a hot dog, hamburger, chips/snacks, drinks etc. from the food trailer at the Observatory. Be prepared to pay the price though.
Then, we will head back to Morton to the Timber Patch Brewing & Taproom for adult beverage and pizzas.
NOTICE: This is a 21+ establishment so if you are under 21 and plan to go, please let me know and I will see what we can do for you.
This will be our last official stop for this drive. From here, there are several routes that we can chose; it all depends on time and how far you have to go to head home. You can take the straight I-5 route or we can find some more back roads home.
Route to Johnston Ridge Observatory from QFC Enumclaw:
Route from Johnston Ridge Observatory to Timber Patch Brewing & Taproom in Morton: