Ready for a unique and powerful adventure into the crater of an active volcano? With astounding views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Spirit Lake, this is a true Pacific Northwest bucket-list experience. Hike alongside a knowledgeable geologist past domes and canyons, pumice fields and lava beds, waterfalls and wildflowers, to the terminus of one of the fastest-growing glaciers in the world. The trip begins Friday at our Mount St. Helens Ridge Camp where you can expect a delicious dinner catered to your needs from our kitchen al fresco, followed by a fireside lecture by the geologist. After Saturday’s hike, guests stay for another night’s rest in the shadow of the volcano.

Distance: 10 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 2000 ft
Duration: Approximately 10-12 hours
Meeting Location: Cascade Peaks Interpretive Center
Minimum Age: 12+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Maximum Group Size: 10
Cost: $745 / person

What's Included:

  • Guided hike into the crater
  • All meals and beverages from Friday night to Sunday morning
  • Space to pitch a personal tent or sleep in your car or camper vehicle (please no generators)
  • Access to a composting toilet (with a great view of Mount Rainier!)
  • An unforgettable experience!

Into the Crater Hike during COVID-19

ACCOMMODATIONS: Participants will provide their own camping supplies; either a tent, vehicle or small camper. There is plenty of flat space at our Field Camp to maintain distance between tents/vehicles.
DINING AND FOOD PREPARATION: Our staff will prepare all food and beverages for the duration of the trip, and are committed to following the WA State Department of Health and CDC guidelines. We will utilize individually packaged snacks and drinks whenever possible. Dining will occur outdoors with 6 feet or more between members of different households. 
BATHROOM: There is one composting toilet onsite that is outdoors and a privacy screen.
WATER: MSHI will provide potable water for drinking and washing. There is no running water at Field Camp.

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