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Visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Seattle. Travel just a few miles from the crater to see the steaming volcano. Walk through the park with a naturalist guide and discover how volcanoes are monitored. Learn more about the geological events that transpired during the 1980 eruption. Transportation plus a picnic lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day are provided. Seattle hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Highlights

  • Visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
  • Travel just a couple miles from the crater
  • See wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small-group ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

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

Mount St Helens

Tour one of Seattle's top attractions, the impressive Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, on this full-day small-group tour. Your tour begins with a downtown Seattle hotel pickup and a light breakfast including pastries and hot beverages. During the 3 hour drive from Seattle to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument , your naturalist guide will tell you about the infamous volcanic eruption of 1980, which destroyed nearly 230 square miles (370 km) of forest and covered eastern Washington in volcanic ash. Learn about the ongoing reforestation project and discover how well the ecosystem is recovering from the eruption.

Arrive at the blast zone, located 5 miles (8 km) from the crater at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, and take in magnificent views of the steaming volcano. Your guide will share the magic of the geological events surrounding the 1980 eruption through a variety of stories and facts. The observatory's state-of-the-art interpretive exhibits portray how the landscape transformed, and how the eruption opened up a new scientific era of monitoring active volcanos and forecasting eruptions. Take a short walk on the Eruption Trail with your expert guide and admire views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain and landslide deposit.

In the afternoon, enjoy a gourmet picnic consisting of fresh local food and wine. Snacks and drinks will also be provided throughout the tour. See the Itinerary section below for a sample menu.

Itinerary

Gourmet Picnic Lunch:
  • Organic and locally sourced
  • Includes a meat (such as grilled salmon or chicken), a grain salad (such as quinoa with roasted vegetables) and a green salad. Sometimes sandwiches or wraps as served in lieu of the meat dish. Vegetarian option available.
  • Local wine, Pellegrino water and sodas are included.

Customer Reviews

Jane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Breathtaking views even though we couldn't see the summit because it was a rainy day. Jason was outstanding, very knowledgeable and a great gourmet lunch with wine. Definitely a great tour, and would highly recommend.

Richard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Trip was well organized and very enjoyable. Our guide Charlie was very accommodating and knew a great deal about the sights we were viewing. Luckily the sun was out and it burned off the cloud cover to afford us an excellent view of the mountain and the surrounding area.

Bradford G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent guide,great mix of participants! We had a fantastic time and we were given individualized attention during the tour. The only problem was the van's transmition seemed to lurch occasionally. All in all a great time was had by all.

Lindon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful experience and a great learning experience ! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable !! We had a blast and would highly recommend this to others !!

Beverley R S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide Rachel was the most informative person I have ever been on a tour with. She knew about so much stuff, and it was a delight to travel with her. Even though the weather was not the best, Mt St Helen's was just spectacular. I'm glad to see that things are returning to normal up there.

Holly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I got to see my favourite volcano, had delicious food, an excellent and knowledgeable guide and a glass of wine. Pretty much my perfect day!

BFH

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Marty was our naturalist. Marty is highly skilled , educational and took care of us!! We learned about the entire area and the mountain. We stopped at peaceful places for Breakfast and lunch . We picked blackberries and apples at one of our stops . The food was Delicious. My st Helens was A highlight of the trip. Well done Marty!!

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Terrific guide - in all a great trip and learning experience.

Adrian L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

An excellent day, very friendly well informed guide and well worth it

Jacqui C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was a great, personalised trip with a guide full of energy and knowledge. On time pick up, clean and comfortable, good home made food. A trip not to be missed. Thanks Shawna! (could have turned the seat warmers on earlier ;))

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