Mount St. Helens Institute offers guided adventures year-round. Winter trips include snowshoe excursions to icy waterfalls or other winter wonderland locations. Summer brings trips to the summit, Crater Glacier, and even into the crater. In the fall we head out to the woods to teach mushroom identification. See below to learn about these events and more.
Join our mountain guides on an unforgettable adventure up to the crater rim of Mount St. Helens. Also offering Summit Climbs with a Geologist!
Come explore the magical kingdom of fungi! Learn how to identify common characteristics of wild edible and inedible mushrooms.
A staff favorite! Trek across the Pumice Plain to Loowit Falls, then up to a viewpoint at the base of the crater overlooking the spectacular Crater Glacier!
During this bucket list adventure limited to less than 80 people per year, you'll hike into the crater with a geologist on a journey like no other.
Witness spectacular wildflower displays, stunning views of St. Helens Lake and Spirit Lake, and eruption-damaged logging equipment: all reminders of the destructive and renewing powers of this great volcano.
Build your own adventure! Perfect for parties, weddings on the summit, family reunions, or corporate teambuilding- we can build the perfect event to meet your needs.
We recommend staying at MapleRidge house if you're attending a summit climb or day event through the Mount St. Helens Institute.
Mount St. Helens Institute operates under a special use permit from the US Forest Service and is honored to work on the Traditional Cultural Property, ancestral and present day lands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. Mount St. Helens Institute is an equal opportunity provider.