Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Portland

Full Day Tour: Mt. St. Helens and Ape Cave

Mt. St. Helens is one of our region’s most iconic and “powerful” attractions.

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On this small-group Mt. St. Helens Tour from Portland, your naturalist guide will share the significance of the 1980 volcanic eruption through captivating stories and interpretative nature walks. You’ll also discover how the local ecosystems are reemerging and evolving. Descend into the Ape Cave lava tube, watch for elk grazing in the gaze of the smoldering crater, and enjoy colorful wildflowers against the barren landscapes. Witness incredible stories of survival and experience the resilience of nature demonstrated by this rebounding environment!

This isn’t just another driving tour of a beautiful landscape—we prefer to keep travelers outside the vehicle for walks and exploration.

Once in the Volcanic Monument, you’ll traverse the barren landscapes, stopping for a peaceful hike along the Hummocks Trail or to take in the still blue waters of Coldwater Lake. At Johnston Ridge Observatory you’ll embark on an interpretive walk along the famous Eruption Trail. The trail offers sweeping views of the blast zone and crater and teems with stunning purple lupine and other flowers in the mid-to-late summer.

Throughout the tour your guide will mix fascinating insights with opportunities for solitude as you come to appreciate Mt. St. Helens’ pristine wild side. We bring lots of food, coffee, tea and local wine!

Our small group Mt. St. Helens Day Tour is $225 per person.  We’ll pick you up from your downtown hotel, AirBNB or rental!

We also offer beautiful private trips–give us a call or send us a note to find out more.

Mt. St. Helens Tour

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TIMING

8:30 am to 6:30 pm
We visit Mt. St. Helens May 15
to October 31.
We’ll call you the day before your trip to schedule a pickup!

GROUP SIZE

Our small group tours accommodate a maximum of ten travelers.
We’ll use a Mercedes Sprinter van or new Ford Transit to get around!

PRICE

$225 per person.

Private trips are available–scroll down for pricing or to send us a note. Give us a call to book a private trip!

INCLUSIONS

We have the best guides in the Pacific Northwest.  They’ll bring plenty of food and drink, pay all entrance fees, and bring any gear you might need.

Savor a fresh, local, family-style lunch with local wines (included with tour price). We’ll also bring local coffee to press, tea, a light breakfast, and plenty of water and sparkling water for the day! Don’t worry about a thing…

Explore diverse & stunning environments on foot: volcano-blasted vistas, stunning Ape Cave, cool jewel lakes, and (in the summer) flower-strewn mountain meadows. Don’t forget your sturdy shoes!

Journey to Johnston Ridge to take in views of the mountain, wildflowers, and a world-class visitor center. Time permitting, the visitor center is home to two amazing movies about the blast.

Watch for Black-tail deer, Roosevelt elk, muskrats, mountain goats, salamanders, and more

Take refuge from the barren blast zone by kicking your feet up in the shade near Coldwater Lake!

Learn about the geology of Mt. St. Helens and the other volcanoes of the Cascades

Devastated Mt. St. Helens is unlike any landscape you’ve set foot in before…

Traveling north into Washington, you’ll visit both the forested south slopes of the volcano and the barren landscapes of the blast zone. As you drive along Spirit Lake Highway, you’ll stop to spelunk in the cool darkness of Ape Cave, and may take a peaceful walk along the Hummocks Trail or pause to reflect alongside the blue waters of Coldwater Lake.

After enjoying a picnic lunch, you’ll arrive at the Johnston Ridge Observatory to embark on an interpretive walk along the Eruption Trail. The trail offers sweeping views into the crater, and teems with purple lupine and other wildflowers in the mid-to-late summer. Before you leave, you’ll also have time to explore the Johnston Ridge Observatory Visitor Center to learn more about how volcanoes are monitored.

Find Your Tour!

Make your trip private!

A private Mt. St. Helens tour allow for maximum itinerary flexibility and a guide attuned to your interests and travel styles. The prices below are for an all-inclusive full day private tour.

Call us to book a private tour!

1 traveler

$1000

$1000 total.

2 travelers

$600

$1200 total.

3 travelers

$433

$1300 total.

4 travelers

$350

$1400 total.

5 travelers

$300

$1500 total.

6 travelers

$263

$1575 total.

7 travelers

$232

$1650 total.

8 travelers

$216

$1725 total.

9 travelers

$200

$1800 total.

10 travelers

$188

$1875 total.

11 travelers

$177

$1950 total.

12 travelers

$169

$2025 total.

Traveler Testimonials

Here is what travelers are saying about our Mt. St. Helens trip right now:

We highly recommend this 12 hour tour! Pleasant ride, plenty of beverages and snacks, and a series of stops to make the trip more comfortable. We pulled over at a few places to take in the view and snap photos. In the National Monument, our guide Marissa laid out a wonderful lunch consisting of wine, soft drinks, grilled chicken breasts and several salads (kale, chick pea, and some sort of grain). The Johnston Visitor Center was certainly a highlight of the tour supplying us with a great video, a hike, and clear views of Mount St. Helens. A GREAT tour!

John H.

Viator Reviews

Day tour to Mt. St Helens was a great experience. Everything was well planned and prepared for. The tour van was a large Mercedes sprinter van that was very comfortable. Lunch was solid. The tour itself was very well planned with nice stops along the way to the volcano. The tour guide did a great job keeping everyone engaged by providing good information and fun facts…stuff that you don’t get if you go solo without a guide.
This tour was unique in the sense that there is more to the visit than just a visit to a national park/ monument. In this case there was a major event in the not-too-distant past that drastically altered the entire community and landscape. Was very cool to see the contrast between the immediate area around St Helens and the unaffected area leading up to it. Such a unique experience all the way around. I highly recommend it.

Brijesh P.

TripAdvisor

Great experience for the money. They may be on the higher end of pricing for tour companies but they offer a high-touch and all-inclusive product along with some of the best guides in the business. Definitely a 5-star business!

Kieron W.

Google Reviews

Mt St. Helen’s day tour was awesome. I went in not knowing what to expect and not knowing much of anything about Mt. St. Helen’s…booked the trip as I had a day to kill. This tour was fantastic. Comfy bus, awesome tour guide, good lunch and great scenery, nice group. Got a good workout too!!

Billie Joe M.

TripAdvisor