Witness the Transformation: Mount St. Helens Blast Zone Exploration

“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

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring journey through the rebirth of the Mount St. Helens Blast Zone, from Spirit Lake to the crater's edge. This distinctive off-trail adventure provides a unique vantage point of Crater Glacier, one of the world's fastest-expanding glaciers. Experience this unparalleled view, as close as you can get without stepping into the crater itself. This is a favorite among our staff, offering a deep appreciation for the dynamic and evolving landscape surrounding Mount St. Helens.

  • 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. 

Questions? Email or call (360) 207-1675