Mt. St. Helens Tour Calendar
Mt. St. Helens and Ape Cave Tour – Additional Details
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.
⭐ 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 lunch and a 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).
2:00p – Take another stroll - likely candidates include the Eruption Trail from Johnston Ridge or the Hummocks Trail from lower on the mountain.
4:00p – Take a break at Coldwater Lake (that rhymes!).
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.
Mt. St. Helens National Monument Tour – Traveler Testimonials
Here is what recent travelers are saying about our Mt. St. Helens tours from Portland:
“A GREAT tour.”
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!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Viator Review
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.
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“Great for the money.”
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!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Google Review
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.
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