SUMMIT RIM CLIMBS

Climb to the top of the Pacific Northwest's youngest volcano alongside expert guides. Choose from the following options:

GUIDED SUMMIT RIM CLIMB

SUMMIT RIM CLIMB WITH A GEOLOGIST

This classic climb to the rim of Mount St. Helens offers an amazing opportunity to reach the top of the Pacific Northwest’s most spectacular volcanoes and learn about the area’s natural and cultural history in the comfort of a guided group. Designed for first time climbers or those wishing to learn from our experienced and knowledgeable mountain guides, the Summit Rim Climb provides an unforgettable adventure to those bold enough to climb an active Cascade Volcano!

March 24-25 - Winter Summit Climb

June 16 - Summit Climb

June 23 - Summit Climb

June 30 - Summit Climb

July 1 - Summit Climb

July 8 - Summit Climb

July 14 - Summit Climb

July 15 - Summit Climb

July 22 - Summit Climb

July 28 - Summit Climb

July 29 - Summit Climb

August 4 - Summit Climb

August 5 - Summit Climb

August 11 - Summit Climb

August 12 - Summit Climb

August 18 - Summit Climb

August 19 - Summit Climb

August 26 - Summit Climb

September 1 - Summit Climb

September 2 - Summit Climb

September 8 - Summit Climb

September 9 - Summit Climb

September 15 - Summit Climb

Led by a trained geologist, you will delve into the fascinating and complex geology of Mount St. Helens as you climb to the rim one of the Pacific Northwest’s most spectacular volcanoes in the comfort of a guided group. Your adventure will start on Friday evening as you sit around the campfire and learn about the eruptive history of Mount St. Helens. The next day, the geologist will explain all facets of the geology of Mount St. Helens and answer questions while ascending Monitor Ridge to the rim. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in geology and volcanoes!

July 6-7 - Summit Climb with a Geologist

July 20-21 - Summit Climb with a Geologist

August 24-25 - Summit Climb with a Geologist

 


CLIMB DETAILS

 

Winter Climb Description: Starting at the trailhead from Marble Mountain Sno-Park in the early morning, we will hike for 2 miles through dense forest.  We'll follow wooden signposts guiding the way until we cross Swift creek and hope to catch a glimpse of Chocolate Falls (elevation 3,700'), a 40-foot waterfall along the cliffs. As we head into a barren landscape of mudflows and rock, we will snake up the jumbled lava flow ridge up to the seismic station. The seismic station (elevation 6,200') is below the snow field that leads up to the crater rim, and marks our next push to the summit. Be prepared for hiking through snow, rock, and ash as we crest the summit rim for incredible views of the other nearby Cascade volcanoes. The typical round trip takes approximately 8-11 hours (6:30am-5:30pm), depending on the group and the weather conditions.

Difficulty: Non-technical but very strenuous scramble

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MSHI Guided Programs Difficulty Rating Guide

MSHI Guided Programs Fitness Test

Length: 12 miles round-trip

Elevation gain: 5,900 ft

Duration: Approximately 8-11 hours, depending on the group and the weather conditions.

 

Summer Climb Description: Early in the morning, we will start our day at Climber’s Bivouac trailhead. After departing Climber’s Bivouac (3,700’), we will follow the Ptarmigan Trail (216A) to Kiwi Camp (4,800’). Once at Kiwi Camp, we ascend above tree line and begin following Monitor Ridge up to the rim (8,300’). The majority of the elevation gain (3,500’) is in the last 3 miles where the climb is most strenuous. Ascending rock fields, scrambling over boulders, hiking through scree and ash, as well as snow travel (depending on time of year) are all components of the climb. Descending through the volcanic terrain can be equally as trying. The geologist will give short presentations along the route. The typical round trip takes approximately 8-11 hours (6:30am-5:30pm), depending on the group and the weather conditions.

Difficulty: Non-technical but very strenuous scramble

For more information:

MSHI Guided Programs Difficulty Rating Guide

MSHI Guided Programs Fitness Test

Length: 10 miles round-trip

Elevation gain: 4,500 ft

Duration: Approximately 8-11 hours, depending on the group and the weather conditions.

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