On the morning of May 18th, 1980, the largest terrestrial landslide in recorded history punched a 1300 foot hole in the side of Mount St. Helens and rained fire and ash at a speed of 300 mph down the mountainside. 30 years later, this amazing display of Mother Earth’s power is still visible at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument where numerous trails extend throughout the park and give visitors an up-close and personal view of lava plains, the damage from the blast, and the ensuing life birthed from this massive volcanic eruption. From the breathtaking approach drive to the informational visitor centers, your first experiences with this majestic park are likely to be memorable ones.

Practical Info:

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano in Skamania County, Washington. It is located 96 miles south of Seattle and 50 miles northeast of Portland. The Monument Visitor Centers and Johnston Ridge close seasonally during winter and reopen during late spring. Hiking and/or climbing Mount St. Helens is possible, but require a special permit obtainable through the Forest Learning Center located off of Highway 504.

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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Mount St Helens Volcano is a must-see attraction, and this small-group tour from Seattle is the ideal way to visit the national monument. A professional ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $246.60

Private Tour: Mount St Helens Nature Walk and Ape Cave Tour from Portland

Enjoy an exciting outdoor adventure on this private, 11.5-hour day trip from Portland to Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, one of the Pacific ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $211.10

Private Tour: Mount St Helens Day Trip from Seattle

Visit Mount St Helens with your own expert naturalist guide on this private day trip from Seattle. Visit the Johnston Ridge Observatory for panoramic views of ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $274.52

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