WINTER ADVENTURES

Explore Mount St. Helens’ scenic wintry areas with us and learn what makes this volcano and the Northwest so special!  Our Winter Adventures are a wonderful way to explore new places with an expert backcountry or naturalist guide.  You can even rent your snowshoes from us! You will need to provide your own lunch and transportation to the trailhead.

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2018 Winter Adventures

January 13 - June Lake REGISTRATION CLOSED

A great way to start off the winter! Continue to enjoy the winter with family or friends and embark on a delightful snowshoe (or hike, snow dependent) to June Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in the Pacific Northwest. This snowshoe of about 7 miles with a gentle elevation is a great way to learn about the outdoors, and experience Mount St Helens in the wintertime.

Distance: 7 miles
Meeting Location: Marble Mountain Sno-Park
Difficulty: Moderate

January 27 - Oldman Pass

Snowshoe (or hike, snow-dependent) across a mature and varied forest setting interspersed with mountain meadows and geographic features through this spectacular, high-elevation scenic loop.

Distance: 5.7 miles
Meeting Location: Koshko Sno-Park
Difficulty: Moderate

February 3 - Chocolate Falls

Follow the climber's trail up to the impressive Chocolate Falls, so named because the meltwater here often runs as a Chocolatey-brown. On a clear day, this classic route offers a beautiful view of Mount St Helens' south side.

Distance: 6 miles
Meeting Location: Marble Mountain Sno-Park
Difficulty: Moderate

February 10 - Ape Cave

See the Pacific Northwest forest shrouded in winter, and warm up inside the incredible Ape Cave, which remains 42 degrees year-round. Descend into the cave for a dark walk to the end of the lava tube then return above-ground, weaving in-and-out of a forest rich with volcanic history.

Distance: 3.3 miles
Meeting Location: Trail of Two Forests Interpretive Site
Difficulty: Easy

February 17 - June Lake

Embark on a delightful snowshoe (or hike, snow-dependent) to June Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in the Pacific Northwest. This 7-mile, gentle-elevation snowshoe is a great way to learn about the outdoors and experience Mount St Helens in the wintertime.

Distance: 7 miles
Meeting Location: Marble Mountain Sno-Park
Difficulty: Moderate

 

*Changes in Winter Adventures Location: The Mount St. Helens Institute reserves the right to change the location of our Winter Adventures up until the informational email about the event is sent.

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