Base Camp Mount St. Helens 

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Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17, 2022
Friday, July 29 - Sunday, July 31, 2022
Friday, September 2 - Sunday, September 4, 2022


Tent site and one attendee: $240.00
Includes tent site reservation, two dinners, two breakfasts, one lunch, and event activities.
RV site and one attendee: $240.00
Includes RV site reservation, two dinners, two breakfasts, one lunch, and event activities.
Additional attendee at any site: $140.00
Includes two dinners, two breakfasts, one lunch, and event activities.

Base Camp is a rare and exciting opportunity for folks to camp on the north side of Mount St. Helens. Bring your camping gear, set up for the weekend, and participate in all the mountain has to offer. Gaze into the blast zone and enjoy grand views in all directions, go on a self-guided adventure, or join us for a guided hike on the hummocks.  You can launch all your adventures from Base Camp Mount St. Helens, located at the Science and Learning Center above Coldwater Lake. In the evenings, enjoy dinner with us, then visit our decadent smores bar, before winding down at the community campfire with your fellow campers.

Who it's for

  • Everyone! 
  • All ages are welcome. Youth must be accompanied by an adult

What's included

  • Designated campsite for you and your crew
  • Dinners, breakfast, and one lunch
  • Self-guided adventure packet
  • Access to guided activities

What you need to bring

  • Snacks
  • Camping gear, including your tent or RV
  • Your sense of adventure
  • Any gear you'll need for self-guided adventures, such as kayaks, hiking gear, fishing poles, etc. You can read our suggested packing list here
  • Please read our program policies 
  • Proof of COVID19 vaccination or negative test results

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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.