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Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

Free admission
From the 5 Freeway, take the 504, 52 miles east of Castle Rock to the Johnston Ridge Observatory., Mount St. Helens

The Basics

Mount St. Helens is protected as a National Monument, preserving its forests, meadows, glacier, and crater. Visitors can pick from among numerous hiking trails ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging, including an option to climb the mountain and peer into its crater. The drive toward the crater is breathtaking, and visitor centers along the way educate you about the blast and the area’s recovery.

Visit independently or join a group or private tour from Seattle that includes round-trip transportation. Most full-day excursions include a visit to the blast site, the Johnston Ridge Observatory, a walk along Eruption Trail, and a gourmet picnic.

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Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
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Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
USD294.68 per adult
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Excellent Tour
Excellent tour. We were picked up from our hotel in downtown Seattle, which was very convenient for us. Our guide, Nate, took really good care of us and was very knowledgeable. He led us on a couple of hikes, the best being the one starting from the Johnson Observatory, where we got spectacular views of Mt. St. Helens. We really enjoyed the time we spent with him. I highly recommend this tour.
Howard_G, Aug. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

star-5
Fun and informative experience
Melissa_P, Jul. 2022
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
I had a really food experience, my tour guide Mal was new to the area but very knowledgeable about the events of the eruption and the surrounding area. If she didn’t know she did her best to find out for us. There was a couple on the tour with health challenges but she did a good job managing their needs with the rest of the group that wanted a more active experience. And lunch was also a really good experience, we even had a tablecloth. The food was really good.
star-5
Unique experience
Kevin_K, Jul. 2022
The Mt St Helens Adventure Tour from Portland
Lava tube cave, clear day to view Mount St Helen’s. Had sufficient time to climb to observation. The drive was long and winding but worth it. Finished day viewing Horsetail Falls. Lunch was underwhelming but snacks were good.
star-5
Must-do day trip
Katrina_G, Jun. 2022
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
Sean's willingness and knowledge to answer our questions was incredible! He made everyone, including our kids, feel like any questions were welcome. The scenery and views were incredible!!
star-5
Exciting tour to Mount St. Helens
Monika_S, Apr. 2022
Small-group Mt. St. Helen National Park Tour from Seattle in SUV
We were incredibly fortunate as the sky opened up completely when we arrived at Mount St. Helens. This was for sure because we had a weather man with us ;-) Our driver and guide Mike was great and we got a lot of information from him. He was also open for suggestions so we really had a great excursion to the area around St. Helens. Good vibes only ... The volcano itself is impressive as this vast mass movement due to the last explosion is carved into the landscape which literally breath taking.
star-4
Great trip, but it is a very long day of driving.
Larry_B, Sep. 2021
The Mt St Helens Adventure Tour from Portland
Walking in Ape Cave and getting close to the Summit of Mt. St. Helens we’re both awesome and worth the trip alone. Carrie did a great job of overcoming an early flat tire(although it didn’t seem like she got a lot of support from her boss). Food was average. We compared it less favorably on to the Evergreen Escapes tour we took to Olympic National Park, where there were grilled chicken, beet salad, pasta salad
star-5
Excellent intro to the Pacific Northwest and Mt. St. Helens
Peter_G, Aug. 2022
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
Mal was the best of guides, and the trip turned out to be so much more than I had expected. Completely surprised by the breakfast stop in the nature preserve with French press coffee and fresh baked treats. The hike in the old growth forest was an excellent taste of the true Pacific Northwest and an excellent comparIson to the new growth forest surrounding Mt. St. Helens. And once at the Johnston overlook, it was somber, fascinating, majestic, and informative. When lunch was set up, we had tablecloths, cloth napkins, silverware, and pottery plates upon which to enjoy a fresh festival of flavors—Southwestern bean and corn salad, quinoa with edamame, grilled chicken, and savory tofu. It was a long day but a fascinating and most satisfying one. So glad I took this tour!
star-5
Great Day!
juliemullen1, Jul. 2022
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
What a fantastic day! Our tour guide, Mal, was friendly, knowledgeable, and very considerate of the needs of our group. Our stops were well-planned and customized to our group of 5. We were able to appreciate the beauty of the the scenery, learn about the eruptions, realize the enormous immediate and long-term impact of the 1980 eruption, and take two short hikes. Food and beverages were plentiful. Although breakfast was quite simple, lunch was a picnic with barbecue chicken, fried tofu, lemon pasta, and black bean salad. Everything was delicious!
star-5
Full day fantastic experience
Carolyn_C, Aug. 2021
The Mt St Helens Adventure Tour from Portland
Beautiful views. Ape cave was very cool. Carrie our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun to talk to. We had a great time!
star-5
Great day!!
Jamie_H, Sep. 2021
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
Justin was the best guide ever!! From being very knowledgeable about all things related to Mt St Helens. Lunch was so yummy.
star-5
Great tour!
Kristen_T, Sep. 2021
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
The tour was really nice. We stopped at several places on the way to Mount Saint Helens. The lunch was fantastic. We learned about the locations we visited. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Absolutely Amazing!!
Darren C, Oct. 2019
The Mt St Helens Adventure Tour from Portland
Wow...did this trip a few weeks ago in September 2019 and it was AWESOME. If I could give it 6 stars out of 5 I would. The pre-tour communication was great and pick-up was punctual. Marcus was fantastic and very knowledgeable about the wildlife and geology (I am a geologist and could fact check him on the geology, and he got it right which was impressive!!!). The itinerary was tailored to the weather conditions to get the best out of the day, and there were also some unplanned photo opportunities that Marcus was happy to stop for (the kind of thing you don't get from big bus tours). The tour packed in all the highlights from Johnston Ridge to Ape cave and we saw the mighty Mt St Helens from all sides....it was the only tour where you get to experience all of those things in one day. Thank you very much for the day Marcus....I have wanted to see the mountain for many many years as a geologist, and the tour did not disappoint!!
star-5
Jake, our tour guide was...
Helene_G, Aug. 2021
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
Jake, our tour guide was phenomenal! Very knowledgeable and an all-around great guy! Loved every stop on this trip! Highly recommended!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visiting Mount St. Helens will enthrall a range of travelers, including families with young children, serious hikers, photographers, and geology buffs.

  • Wear layered clothing, as alpine weather can change quickly. The Pacific Northwest is often rainy, so a raincoat is advisable.

  • Mount St. Helens’ visitor centers are easily accessible by car. Visitor centers have restrooms, helpful staff, and gift shops.

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How to Get There

Mount St. Helens is located 96 miles (154 kilometers) south of Seattle and 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Portland. To access the Monument Visitor Centers and Johnston Ridge, take I-5 to Castle Rock, exiting onto Highway 504, which dead-ends at the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

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When to Get There

Mount St. Helens and the surrounding area see significant snowfall in winter; summer is the best time to visit. The visitor centers close seasonally during winter and reopen during late spring. The area is busiest on weekends in July and August; to avoid crowds, visit on a weekday.

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Best Hikes Around Mount St. Helens

To view the blast zone, walk the Hummocks Trail, a flat 2.3-mile (3.7-kilometer) round-trip hike. For a longer stroll with crater views, trek the 8-mile (13-kilometer) Harry’s Ridge trail near Johnston Ridge Observatory. Duck into Ape Caves, eerie lava tubes on the mountain’s southern flank. A 10-mile (16-kilometer) adventure, requiring knowledge of alpine environments and snow travel, brings you to the peak. Obtain a permit through the Forest Learning Center located off Highway 504.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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