Mt. St. Helens National Monument Tour from Seattle

Full-Day Tour from Seattle, Washington:

Mount Saint Helens National Monument

One of the most astonishing landscapes on the planet – Mt. St. Helens is like nowhere you’ve been before.

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This beautiful journey takes you into the ravaged heart of Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. View the steaming volcano from renowned Johnston Ridge Visitors Center and experience ecosystems recovering from the 1980 eruption as you walk through the blast-swept National Monument. Join a few other travelers (each trip is ten people or fewer) and an award-winning guide on a real exploration of our wild home. Don’t worry – we’ll take care of everything!

This isn’t just another driving tour of a beautiful landscape—we prefer to keep travelers outside the vehicle for walks and exploration. You may stop at Lewis & Clark State Park to bask in the shadow of the old-growth forests that once covered the blast zone or at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge to explore estuary wetlands among a symphony of birdsong.

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.

If you’re staying downtown (hotel, AirBNB, etc) we’ll pick you up! We’ll text/call the day prior to your trip to confirm exact timing. We’re bringing breakfast bakery, local coffee and tea. We’ll also bring a fresh, local, family-style lunch with local wines! Snacks, sparkling water and water are included all day.

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In addition to our small-group tours – we do offer beautiful private tours. For a private tour, see details and pricing below in the “Additional Details” section, send our team a note to arrange a date with the “Ask A Question” button above, or give us a call.

Key Details: Mt. St. Helens National Monument Tour from Seattle

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Mt. St. Helens Tour Price: $239 per person before WA tax. All-inclusive.
Must be 10 years or older.

Tour Timing: 7:30a to 7:30p
May 15 – October 31: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Tour Group Size: Ten or fewer. Private tours are available (including tours for larger groups).

Hotel Pickups: Yes. We offer tour pickup at any downtown Seattle location and a centralized pickup in both SeaTac and Tacoma.

Mt. St. Helens Tour Meals: Coffee & tea, light breakfast, substantial organic lunch with local wine, snacks, water, sparkling water, etc. readily available all day.

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Mt. St. Helens Tour – Additional Details

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.

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

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: recovering ecosystems, barren high desert, rivers, valleys, blasted landscapes, and (in the summer) flower-strewn mountain meadows. Don’t forget your sturdy shoes!

Witness the complex geology of Mt. St. Helens and the other volcanoes of the Cascade Range.

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

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.

Tacoma Area:

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.

Mount St. Helens Tour – Traveler Testimonials

Here is what recent travelers have said about our Mt. St. Helens tours from Seattle:

“Highly recommend!”

We highly recommend this 12 hour tour! Pleasant ride, plenty of beverages and snacks, and a series of stops to make the trek from Seattle more comfortable. One stop at a wildlife refuge and another at an old growth forest added more interest to the tour. 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. On the way back we saw Mount Rainier and stopped for a brief walk across the Skyway in Tacoma. A GREAT tour!

-John H.
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“Well-planned tour.”

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.
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“Best guides.”

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 Review

“Awesome guide.”

Our 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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