Mt. St. Helens National Monument & Ape Cave

Mt. St. Helens National Monument & Ape Cave

hiking the hummocks trail in mt. st. helens national monument

All-Inclusive Small Group Tour | Wed*, Fri & Sat* | 8a – 6p | $225 per person

 *Fridays and Sundays available May 15 – Oct 31.  Wednesdays available June 15 – Sept 30

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Our Mt. St. Helens escapes seat a max of 10 | Private tours are also available daily upon request

Mt. St. Helens is one of our region’s most iconic and “powerful” attractions. On this small-group Mt. St. Helens Tour from Portland, your naturalist guide will capture the significance of the 1980 volcanic eruption through captivating stories and interpretative nature walks. You’ll also discover how the local ecosystems are reemerging and evolving. Descend into the Ape Cave lava tube, watch for elk grazing in the gaze of the smoldering crater, and enjoy the contrast of colorful wildflowers against the barren landscapes. You’ll hear incredible stories of survival and science, and experience the resilience of nature demonstrated by this rebounding environment!

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  • Embark on interpretative nature walks led by a naturalist guide
  • Hear the geological science and captivating stories behind the 1980 eruption
  • Gaze into the blast zone and crater from scenic viewpoints
  • Witness a desolate but reemerging landscape and learn about the ecosystem’s rebirth
  • Visit the renowned Johnston Ridge Observatory and Visitor Center
  • Watch for resident elk herds, frogs, beavers, birds, and other wildlife
  • Savor a fresh, family-style lunch (included in the price)
  • Venture into Ape Cave, the third largest lava tube in the continental United States


hiking the hummocks trail in mt. st. helens national monumentThis haunting but beautiful journey takes you into the heart of Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. View the steaming volcano just miles from the crater, witness 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.

Traveling north into Washington, you’ll visit both the forested south slopes of the volcano and the barren landscapes of the blast zone. As you drive along Spirit Lake Highway, you’ll stop to spelunk in the cool darkness of Ape Cave, and may take a peaceful walk along the Hummocks Trail or pause to reflect alongside the blue waters of Coldwater Lake.

Wildflowers on the Mt. St. Helens TourAfter enjoying a picnic lunch, you’ll arrive at the Johnston Ridge Observatory to embark on an interpretive walk along the Eruption Trail. The trail offers sweeping views into the crater, and teems with purple lupine and other wildflowers in the mid-to-late summer. Before you leave, you’ll also have time to explore the Johnston Ridge Observatory Visitor Center to learn more about how volcanoes are monitored.

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Would you like some wine with that?

Enhance this experience by making it an overnight Wild and Wine Adventure!  After your tour at Mt. St. Helens National Monument, spend the night in the heart of Portland, and then explore Willamette Wine Country for an exclusive experience tasting some of the best wine of the region!

Full-day Mt. St. Helens Tour from Portland

  • Activities | Caving, interpretive nature walks, wildlife viewing, birding, ecological and geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation
  • Interests | Forest ecology, geology, glaciology, volcanoes, caves, sustainability, botany, local natural and cultural history
  • Inclusions
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Portland Hotel or the Cruise Terminal
    • Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
    • Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
    • Seasonal Cascadian Safari lunch
    • Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
    • Entry fees
    • Comprehensive naturalist commentary
  • Season | Summer May 15 – Oct 31
  • Duration | 10.5 hours
  • All-Inclusive Rate | $225.00. Save 20% on tours departing from Sep 15 – Oct 31!
  • Private Tour Rate – Nov 1 – May 14 | $1000 for two, plus $100 per additional guest
  • Private Tour Rate – May 15 – Oct 31 | $1200 for two, plus $100 per additional guest
  • Age | 10+ (no age minimums on private tours)

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Evergreen Escapes blends the best natural wonders, boutique wineries, and urban enchantments into small-group day tours and private escapes. We’re a small business with a Big Mission: to create positive change in the world by connecting people with places and nature.


1. What should we wear/bring on our escape?

  • Because the weather can sometimes be unpredictable in the Northwest, we recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, or remove when there is sunshine. We also recommend comfortable walking shoes that will allow you to explore further at some of our stops.  Finally, it’s 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 can depend 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 also 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 always accommodate vegetarian and lactose intolerant diets, and often times can also accommodate gluten free diets when given enough notice.

4. What is your Cancellation Policy?

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 each and every client. As a result, our clients are sometimes 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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