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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
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
$263.50 per adult
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Great 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.
Kristen_T, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Seattle

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-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
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!
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
Amazing tour guide & views
Julia_M, Jul 2021
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
The views where amazing and I learned so much. Our tour guide Elk was outstanding. He taught us so much and was so happy all the time and was so social with everybody.
star-5
Excentric Pilot, Mixed Up Schedule and a Wonderful Honeymoon Flight
Curtis_S, May 2019
Mount St Helens Seaplane Tour from Lake Washington
This tour did not start out well as we were told that the flight left at 9am, but in fact it did not leave until 2pm. There was apparently a big disconnect between the booking company and the tour company. After that was sorted out, we met James, our pilot, who was quite the character. He was very friendly and talkative, both a plus for being tour-guide and pilot in one. The Flight was quite the aerial experience. We got great views of Mt. Rainier and Mount St. Helens. It was a beautiful day and an excellent way to end our honeymoon. Touching down the float plane on Lake Washington was a smooth landing.
star-5
One For The History Books
Perris_B, Jul 2021
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
Marty, our wonderful guide (thank you soo much dude!) ensured that we had one awe-inspiring, totally memorable experience—right down to an incredible lunch. This volcanic monument is a must-see while in the Pacific Northwest, and trust us you’ll never forget it. Perris & Kathleen Baxter San Diego, California
star-5
Spectacular experience
richard_j, Jul 2021
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
Hard to pinpoint, all day was tremendous! Plus Justin Fox was a blast, very knowledgeable and professional.
star-5
Best Tour Ever
Trail00465231701, Jul 2019
The Mt St Helens Adventure Tour from Portland
I would recommend this tour because this tour took us to places we would never have gone on our. Our tour guide was fanominal. He was knowledgeable about the entire Portland area, wildlife, and plant species. When the viability of the mountain was poor he made sure he took us to other places. We went into the lava tubes, walked through forrest, saw waterfalls, and we even saw elk! Overall this tour had everything in one tour!
star-5
Amazing Mt St Helens
vonda_m, Jun 2021
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
Eric very knowledgeable guide. Packed with great hikes showing forest before eruption, the mitigating measures for silt diversion, forest recovery, great views of the mountain and a side stop for sasquatch lore.
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
HELLO MT ST HELENS!!
Sarif_E, Oct 2021
Mt. St. Helens National Monument from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
The entire trip was memorable. Seeing the mountain was breathtaking. The flexibility of our driver was excellent. Beating the clouds and giving us the experience of our view was his priority and we are thankful. His knowledge of the surrounding area was amazing and informative. Lunch was well thought out and beyond what was expected. Overall this experience is without question worth the money. The multiple stops to and from the mountain greatly increased the tours value. Please hike the waterfalls even if it's raining we were the only couple to do this and WOW!! the others missed out, but our driver let us experience this. The only con we can say is we were picked up last which caused us not to have seats next to each other which was important to us. Do to this fact our 5 star rating is reduced to 4.85

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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