- Private day trip from Seattle to Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument
- Learn about the volcano and the catastrophic 1980 eruption from a private naturalist guide
- Visit the Johnston Ridge Observatory for views and interpretive exhibits
- Take a nature walk on the Eruption Trail
- Feast on a gourmet picnic lunch of organic food paired with Washington wine
- Enjoy a comfortable drive in a private luxury vehicle
- Light breakfast, snacks, drinks and downtown Seattle hotel transport included
What You Can Expect
During the drive, stop along the way at a few scenic spots to take photos and hear facts about the area from your private naturalist guide. Learn about Mount St Helens’ eruption in 1980 that covered eastern Washington in volcanic ash, and hear about the reforestation and recovery projects still going on today.
When you arrive at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, located 5 miles (8 km) from the crater in the blast zone, hop out of your vehicle and spend some time here admiring the impressive view of Mount St Helens. Look for rising steam, and listen as your guide recounts the geological events that led up to the 1980 eruption. Then browse the observatory’s interpretive exhibits about the volcano and surrounding landscape.
Next, follow your guide on a short nature walk along the Eruption Trail to enjoy views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain and landslide deposit. Then sit down to a gourmet picnic lunch of organic and locally sourced food and wine. Snacks and drinks are also provided throughout the tour.
Your day trip ends with the drive back to Seattle for hotel drop-off.
Sample picnic lunch menu:
- Meat dish such as grilled salmon or chicken, or a sandwich or wrap (vegetarian option is available)
- Grain salad such as quinoa with roasted vegetables
- Green salad
- Local wine, San Pellegrino water and soda