Mt. St. Helens National Monument Tour
All-Inclusive | Small Group Mt. St. Helens Tour
Our escapes seat a max of 10 | Private Mt. St. Helens tours are available, please contact us to book
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 7:30am – 7:30pm | May 15 – Oct 31 | $229 plus tax
Our beautiful Mt. St. Helens tour takes you into the heart of Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. View the steaming volcano just miles from the crater at Johnston Ridge, experience how the ecosystem is recovering from its powerful eruption, and walk through the park with your naturalist guide to learn about how volcanoes are monitored and how events transpired on that fateful day in 1980.
On your way to Mt. St. Helens 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. After enjoying a picnic lunch, you’ll arrive at the Johnston Ridge Observatory where you’ll embark on an interpretive walk along the Eruption Trail. The trail offers sweeping looks into the blast zone and crater, and teems with purple lupine and other flowers in the mid-to-late summer.
Throughout your day you’ll hear incredible stories of survival and science, and experience the unrelenting resilience of nature embodied in this rebounding ecosystem. Our Mt. St. Helens Tour includes pick-up/drop-off from downtown Seattle hotels with transport in Mercedes vehicles, all entry fees, an expert naturalist guide, and a fresh, family-style lunch with local wine!
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Mt. St. Helens Tour Highlights
- Hear the science and stories behind the 1980 eruption
- Visit the Johnston Ridge Observatory and visitor center
- Gaze into the blast zone and crater from scenic viewpoints
- Embark on interpretative walks led by your naturalist guide
- Watch for resident elk herds, frogs, beavers, birds, and other wildlife
- Learn about the monument’s local & natural history
- Savor a fresh, family-style lunch (included in the price)
- Enjoy snacks and refreshments throughout the day
- Travel in spacious Mercedes vans and luxury SUVs
Mt. St. Helens Tour Itinerary
Make your way to one of the region’s most ‘powerful’ attractions, Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Our Mt. St. Helens Tour winds you through the area, stopping to take photos along the way as your naturalist guide presents dramatic evidence of how the ecosystem is recovering among an ongoing reforestation project.
Begin your Mt. St. Helens tour with a possible walk along the Hummocks Trail, where the largest landslide in recorded human history happened in the Coldwater Lake Recreation Area. You’ll see firsthand how the environment was left to respond naturally to the eruption at 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980.
Johnston Ridge and the Eruption Trail
After lunch, we’ll head just five miles from the crater at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, where we will take in stunning views of the volcano and blast zone. Your naturalist guide will also recount the geological events that occurred during the 1980 eruption through a variety of stories, facts and interpretative walks.
You will experience how volcanoes are monitored and discover how Mount St Helens has taught us new answers to old mysteries. The Center’s state-of-the-art displays and theater portray the sequence of geologic events that transformed the landscape and opened up a new era in the science of monitoring volcanoes and forecasting eruptions. Read amazing eyewitness accounts from eruption survivors.
Later we’ll embark on a short walk on the Eruption Trail and learn how the eruption shaped the surrounding landscape. You can expect to see views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain, and landslide deposit. Nearly 230 square miles of forest were blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits. At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but within minutes Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscapes were altered forever.
Note: Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is around a three hour drive from Seattle, there will be considerable driving time in our Mercedes vans.
Want to add a trip to the monument to a multi-day Northwest itinerary? We’ll plan and guide you on a custom, private tour!
*We operate under a Commerical Use Authorization within the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest.
You can also call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!
Would you like some wine with that?
Enhance this experience by making it an overnight Wild and Wine Adventure! After your tour in Mt. St. Helens National Monument, spend the night in the heart of Pike Place Market, and then explore Woodinville Wine Country for an exclusive experience tasting some of the best wine of the region!
Full-day Mt. St. Helens National Monument Tour
- Activities | Nature walks, wildlife viewing, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation
- Interests | Forest ecology, glaciology, waterfalls, botany, natural & local history (wildflowers in late Summer)
- Group Size | Maximum of 10
- Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Seattle Hotel (see our pick-up zone here), Cruise Terminal or the Hotel Monaco at 1101 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
- Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
- Travel in spacious Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
- Locally sourced and/or organic lunch
- Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
- All entry fees
- Comprehensive naturalist commentary
- Duration | 12 hours
- Difficulty | Beginner
- Season | May 15 – Oct 31
- All-Inclusive Rate | $229 + tax per person. Save 20% on tours departing from Sep 15 – Oct 31!
- Private Tour Oct 1 – May 14 Rate | $1000 for two, plus $100 per additional guest
- Private Tour May 15 – Sep 30 Rate | $1300 for two, plus $100 per additional guest
- Age | 10+ (no age minimums on private tours)
You can also call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!
Evergreen Escapes blends the best natural wonders, boutique wineries, and urban enchantments into small-group day tours and private, custom escapes. We’re a small business with a Big Mission: to create positive change in the world by connecting people with places and nature. Our guides aren’t just naturalists, they’re Escape Artists.
1. What should we wear/bring on our escape?
- We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine. Comfortable walking shoes will allow you to explore further at some of our stops. It’s also always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera! We provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments. See more on how to Pack and Prepare.
2. How strenuous is this? How much experience do I need to have?
- All of our scheduled departures are meant for beginners (easy to moderate). Therefore, We try to cater our tours to all ability and interest levels – and this really depends on the group that day. Your Escape artist will choose the difficulty of the physical activity based on the group’s interest and ability level. If you are interested in a different level, we can certainly put together a private itinerary specifically for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding specific questions!
3. Can I have vegetarian/ special diet food?
- Yes. Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests, we can accommodate vegetarian diets, lactose intolerant diets, and often times can also accommodate gluten free diets when given enough notice.
4. What is your Cancellation Policy?
- Please review our Terms and Conditions for information on changes and cancellations.
5. Should I get Travel Insurance?
- We recommend that you do. Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage. Travel insurance can be purchased directly from Evergreen Escapes.
6. Should I tip my guide?
- We take great pride in orchestrating rich and memorable adventures for all of our clients. Therefore, sometimes our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While gratuities are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.
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