7:30 am to 7:30 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 accommodate a maximum of ten travelers.
We’ll use a Mercedes Sprinter van or new Ford Transit to get around!
$239 per person before WA State tax.
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 (like snowshoes). More info on what’s included below!
Mt. St. Helens 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, ferry charges, wine tasting fees, fuel, etc.).
⭐ Sleep in a little - we'll bring a light breakfast generally including French-pressed local coffee (roasted by Herkimer), tea, bakery, fruit.
⭐ A gorgeous local picnic. We even bring linens, plates, silverware, and wine glasses to set up lunch somewhere lovely. Our offerings change frequently/seasonally - but often includes chicken, green salads, grain or pasta salads, dessert. 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.
⭐ Local wine with lunch.
⭐ Plenty of readily available snacks, water, La Croix 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 (like snowshoes for Mt. Rainier or Olympic National Parks in the winter).
⭐ Additional warm clothing is available upon request.
7:00a - Downtown pick-ups begin.
7:30a - Downtown pick-ups end.
8:00a - SeaTac or Tacoma area pickup (upon request).
10:30a - Enter Mt. St. Helens National Monument. We'll likely stop to press coffee, make tea, and have a light breakfast outdoors with a view.
From here, the course of your day can go so many ways. Your guide will combine group preferences, weather considerations, mixed ecosystems and highlights, crowd avoidance, and more to create a lovely day. No two trips are the same!
10:30a - You might start with a nice lower-elevation walk to get your legs moving after the commute. Hikes like the Hummocks along the Toutle River illustrate the extreme landscape changes created by a major volcanic eruption. Your walk might be one to three miles.
12:30p - Lunch along the route toward Johnston Ridge. If the weather is decent you'll enjoy a meal outdoors. If the weather is challenging, we'll likely opt for a comfortable spot inside.
1:15p - Arrive at Johnston Ridge visitor center. Enjoy a little downtime to use the restroom, browse interpretive info, photograph flowers (or snow), or find a quick gift for a loved one back home. From here, we'll likely set off on another walkabout like the Eruption Trail. All told, you might walk two to four miles in the afternoon (depending on your other activities).
4:00p - Around 4:00 we'll start to head for Seattle.
7:15p - We'll drop travelers off where we found them (or another preferred spot nearby).
Downtown Seattle Pick-ups:
Approximate Pick-up Start time: 7:00a
Downtown Pick-up End time: 7:30a
Generally, our last pickup each tour occurs at the Hotel Monaco in Seattle. This isn't always the case - so check with us - but we consider it a default location for anyone staying outside of downtown. Let our team know where you're staying and we'll do everything we can to make your pickup as easy as possible.
SeaTac Airport & Tacoma area Pick-ups:
We're happy to offer centralized pickup options en route to the National Park upon request. On our Mount Rainier tour we can offer pick-ups in:
SeaTac Airport Area:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. 18740 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188.
Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel. 2611 East E Street, Tacoma, WA 98421.
Are you looking to make your Mt. St. Helens adventure even more intimate and comfortable? We offer beautiful private tours led by the Northwest's best field educators.
Prices below are before WA Sales Tax (10.1%). To inquire about private trip dates, give us a call!
⭐ 1 person: $1200/person
⭐ 2 people: $637.50/person
⭐ 3 people: $450/person
⭐ 4 people: $356.25/person
⭐ 5 people: $300/person
⭐ 6 people: $262.50/person
⭐ 7 people: $235.71/person
⭐ 8 people: $215.63/person
⭐ 9 people: $200/person
⭐ 10 people: $187.50/person
⭐ 11 people: $177.27/person
⭐ 12 people: $168.75/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.
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.
Explore diverse & stunning environments on foot: recovering ecosystems, barren high desert, rivers, valleys, blasted landscapes, and (in the summer) flower-strewn mountain meadows. Don’t forget your sturdy shoes!
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…
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.
Watch for Black-tail deer, Roosevelt elk, muskrats, mountain goats, salamanders, and more.
Mount St. Helens Tour – Traveler Testimonials
Here is what recent travelers have said about our Mt. St. Helens trips: