8:30 am to 6:30 pm
We visit Mt. St. Helens May 15 to October 31.
We’ll text/call you the day before your trip to schedule your pickup! See more about pick-up & drop-off below.
Our small group tours from Portland accommodate a maximum of ten travelers.
You’ll travel in a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter or new Ford Transit van.
$225 per person.
Private trips are available – see details below. Give us a call or send us a note to find out more.
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.
Mt. St. Helens and Ape Cave Tour Details
⭐ Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at your downtown accommodations (hotel, AirBNB, rental, etc.).
⭐ A local, TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' naturalist guide. We guarantee you'll love your trip leader!
⭐ No additional charges during your day. We cover everything you'll need during our tours (meals, drinks, entrance fees, permits, wine tasting fees, fuel, etc.).
⭐ A morning snack. We generally bring French-pressed coffee, tea, and bakery!
⭐ A gorgeous local picnic. We even bring linens, plates, silverware, for a not-so-rustic picnic-style lunch. Our offerings change frequently/seasonally - but often include turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches, a grain or pasta salad, and hot soup. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions - we can accommodate most needs if we're aware of them prior to 24 hours of your tour start.
⭐ Plenty of readily-available snacks, water, sparkling water, and more throughout the day.
⭐ Comfortable transportation in brand new Ford Transit vans or Mercedes Sprinter vans. Most of our vehicles are built for 15 people - we only open ten seats per trip to leave plenty of space.
⭐ We provide any gear needed (headlamps and walking sticks for venturing into Mt. St. Helens’ caves).
⭐ Additional warm clothing is available upon request.
7:30a - Downtown pick-ups begin.
8:00a - Downtown pick-ups end.
9:30a – Approximate arrival at Ape Cave on the south side of Mt. St. Helens. Put on jackets to stay warm, and head underground for an hour-long cave walk. We'll likely press coffee, make tea, and have a light morning snack as we warm up once above ground again.
12:00p - After a lunch and restroom break, travel up the Spirit Lake Highway. Likely activities include a variety of viewpoints, walks, and local highlights - culminating in a trip to the Johnston Ridge Observatory (the nearest that one can travel by road to the volcano’s crater).
6:30p – Approximate arrival back in downtown Portland.
Downtown Portland Pick-ups:
Approximate Pick-up Start time: 7:30a
Downtown Pick-up End time: 8:00a
When booking, be sure to provide the phone number where we can reach you during your travels. Let our team know where you're staying and we'll do everything we can to make your pick-up as easy as possible. We’ll connect the day prior to your tour to confirm details. If you’re staying outside of downtown, our default downtown pick-up location is at the Hotel Monaco (506 SW Washington St.).
We're happy to offer pickup options en-route to the volcano upon request. If you are staying in the North Portland/Jantzen Beach areas you may find it advantageous to meet us at the Courtyard by Marriott Portland North (1231 N Anchor Way) or at the Red Lion Hotel on the River Janzten Beach (909 N. Hayden Island Dr.).
Are you looking to make your Portland Mt. St. Helens adventure even more intimate and comfortable? We offer beautiful private tours led by the Northwest's best field educators.
To inquire about private trip dates, give us a call!
⭐ 1 person: $1000/person
⭐ 2 people: $600/person
⭐ 3 people: $433/person
⭐ 4 people: $350/person
⭐ 5 people: $300/person
⭐ 6 people: $263/person
⭐ 7 people: $232/person
⭐ 8 people: $216/person
⭐ 9 people: $200/person
⭐ 10 people: $188/person
⭐ 11 people: $177/person
⭐ 12 people: $169/person
Please contact us for groups larger than 12 travelers for a custom quote. Groups larger than 12 generally require a second van, second guide, etc.
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
Mt. St. Helens National Monument Tour – Traveler Testimonials
Here is what recent travelers have said about our Mt. St. Helens trips: