- Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument private tour from Portland
- Head underground to Ape Cave, the largest continuous lava tube in the continental US
- Take amazing photos of the volcano’s steaming crater and glacier
- Enjoy nature walks, and learn about the unique geological landscape and wildlife from an expert guide
- Take a snowshoe hike in winter months when the Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed
- Lunch, all equipment and round-trip downtown Portland hotel transport by private luxury van included
What You Can Expect
Then, explore the Mount St Helens Visitor Center in and around the 'Blast Zone,' where the volcano last erupted in 1980. While you stop to take scenic photos along the way, your naturalist guide describes the impressive ongoing reforestation project and explains how well the surrounding ecosystem is recovering from the volcano’s massive explosion.
At midday, enjoy a local, organic lunch (see below for a sample menu). Then, head to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, just 5 miles (8 km) from the crater, to enjoy stunning views of the steaming volcano, the growing lava dome and the glacier.
Enjoy a private nature walk here with your guide, who shares the drama of the geological events surrounding the eruption. As you keep your eye out for wildlife, including deer, elk, beavers and birds, learn how volcanoes are monitored and how Mount St Helens has taught scientists new answers to old mysteries!
After your full-day adventure, you're driven back to your downtown Portland hotel in the evening.
- Locally sourced roasted chicken breast
- Quinoa or lentil salad
- Organic green salad with local ingredients