“I will definitely be doing this again! Guides were attentive, kind, and very helpful. I felt safe and cared for throughout the trip.” ~ Roseann "So fun!! We highly enjoyed the views and experience." ~ Evette “We could not have done this on our own and it was so special to be able to share this experience as a family - the challenge was just right for all generations.” ~ Beth

Witness the transformation and rebirth of the Blast Zone, from Spirit Lake to the crater edge. This unique adventure travels off-trail to a view that is eye to eye with one of the fastest-growing glaciers in the world, Crater Glacier. This is as close as you can get without hiking into the crater! A staff favorite.

  • Distance: 8 miles round-trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft 
  • Duration: 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM
  • Meeting Location: Windy Ridge Viewpoint
  • Minimum Age: 12+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult)  
  • Maximum Group Size: 10
  • Cost: $225

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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. 

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