Eruption Hike

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"Awesome experience! The guides were great and well informed on the area and its history." ~ Thomas "Super awesome trip, loved every second and would definitely do another hike with Mount St. Helens Institute!" ~Tanesha

Traverse the ridgeline that separates the blast zone from the standing dead and hear first-hand accounts of the eruption on May 18, 1980. We will hike up to Harry's Ridge, named after the lovable curmudgeon who lived along Spirit Lake, where a clear day reveals the breathtaking panorama of this active volcano. Beginning and ending at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Participation in this hike includes entry to this world-class visitor center.

Distance: 8.2 miles 
Elevation Gain: 970 ft  
Duration: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Meeting Location: Johnston Ridge Observatory
Minimum Age: 8+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Maximum Group Size: 10
Cost: $99

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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.