Overnight Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens “Dueling Volcanoes”

Overnight Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens “Dueling Volcanoes”

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All-Inclusive | Private Overnight Tour

This overnight adventure takes you to two of the most fascinating volcanoes in the world for an awe inspiring, educational and adventurous journey. Spend the first day exploring the old growth forest, alpine lakes, waterfalls and wild flower meadows of Mt. Rainier National Park.  Sleep in luxury and then head to Mt. St. Helens for an up close and personal look at the 30 years of progress made since the sleeping giant captured the world’s attention with it’s explosive eruption in 1980.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hiking and/or snowshoeing
  • Nature walks
  • Waterfall viewing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Birding
  • Ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation

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ITINERARY

DAY 1- MT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK “GLACIERS, WILDLIFE AND WATERFALLS”

Cupped between the jagged Olympic Mountains to the west and the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range to the east we head for the tallest peak of them all, Mount Rainier, standing at 14,411 feet. This private escape offers ample opportunities for adventure, exploration, learning, and just plain having fun!

The “mountain” is an active volcano encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice, surrounded by old growth forest and stunning wildflower meadows. Old and new growth forests, lakes, waterfalls and river valleys connected to Glaciers are just a few of the sights we will see. We will take out the binoculars and spot for birds and wildlife, marmots, coyotes, elk, deer, fox and black bear roam the mountainside. Your naturalist mountain guide will lead you out on a short hike or snowshoe along the Nisqually Vista trail or possibly something a little more challenging.

Remember to take a photo, but also make sure to take a deep breath of fresh alpine air, bask in the moment and soak up the dramatic scenery. We will end our escape by descending down the road to where the parks roots began in Longmire. Keep your eyes peeled for deer in the meadows making their late afternoon journey to the rivers edge.

Sleep: Hotel Murano

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DAY 2- MT. ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT “HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY AND THE ECOSYSTEM”

Today we make our way to the one of our region’s most ‘powerful’ main attractions, Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Stopping to take photos along the way your naturalist will present dramatic evidence to just how well the ecosystem is recovering and the impressive ongoing reforestation project.

Arriving into the blast-zone, just 5 miles from the crater at the Johnston Ridge Observatory we take in some stunning views into the steaming volcano. Your naturalist will share the magic of the geological events surrounding the 1980 eruption through a variety of stories, facts and walks. Experience how volcanoes are monitored and discover how Mount St. Helens has taught us new answers to old mysteries. The Center’s state-of-the-art interpretive displays and theater magically portray the sequence of geologic events that transformed the landscape and opened up a new era in the science of monitoring an active volcano and forecasting eruptions. Read amazing eyewitness accounts from eruption survivors.

We embark on short walk on the Eruption Trail and learn how the eruption shaped the surrounding landscape. You can expect to see views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain, and the landslide deposit. On the return, we experience the Hummocks Trail, the largest landslide in recorded human history, in Coldwater Lake Recreation Area to see first hand how the environment was left to respond naturally to the eruption at 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980.

Nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits. At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.

 

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Overnight Mt. Rainer to Mt. St. Helens “Dueling Volcanoes”

  • Activities | Hiking and/or snowshoeing, nature walks, waterfall viewing, wildlife viewing, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation
  • Interests | Forest ecology, glaciology, waterfalls, botany, natural & local history (wildflowers in late Summer)
  • Group Size |Any
  • Inclusions
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Seattle Hotel or Cruise Terminal
    • Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
    • Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
    • Locally sourced and/or organic Cascadian Safari lunch
    • Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
    • All entry fees
    • Overnight accommodations at Wellspring
    • Snowshoes in winter
    • Comprehensive naturalist commentary
  • Departs | 7:30am to 8:00am
  • Returns | 6:00pm to 7:30pm 
  • Difficulty | Beginner to Moderate
  • Season | May 15th – October 31st
  • All-Inclusive Rate | Depends on date, availability and group size.  Please contact us for a quote.
  • Age | 6+

*We operate under a Commerical Use Authorization within the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest.

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