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“Fantastic! The geologist made it immersive, fun, and so much more rich of an experience. We were well cared for in the camp.” ~Edward “Excellent experience. Camp site and food was great. Hike was once in a lifetime.” ~Karen “It was amazing. The guides were great and kind, and they really took care of us the entire trip.” ~Kelly

Ready for a unique and powerful adventure into the crater of an active volcano? With astounding views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Spirit Lake, this is a true Pacific Northwest bucket-list experience. Hike alongside a knowledgeable geologist past domes and canyons, pumice fields and lava beds, waterfalls and wildflowers, to the terminus of one of the fastest-growing glaciers in the world. The trip begins Friday at our Mount St. Helens Ridge Camp where you can expect a delicious dinner catered to your needs from our kitchen al fresco, followed by a fireside lecture by the geologist. After Saturday’s hike, guests stay for another night’s rest in the shadow of the volcano.

Distance:  Approximately 10 miles (16 km) round-trip
Elevation Gain: 2000 ft - 2500 ft (610 m - 760 m)
Duration: Approximately 10-12 hours
Meeting Location: Cascade Peaks Interpretive Center
Minimum Age: 12+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
Maximum Group Size: 10
Cost: $884 / person

What's Included:

  • Guided hike into the crater
  • All meals and beverages from Friday night to Sunday morning
  • Space to pitch a personal tent or sleep in your car or camper vehicle (please no generators)
  • Access to a composting toilet (with a great view of Mount Rainier!)
  • An unforgettable experience!

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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.