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“LOVED every moment! MSHI is such a great organization and spending time with volcanologists and learning their stories and history with the mountain was so memorable." ~April, 2023 “Was just amazing! What a privilege to be able to do it. I learned so much and have so many new questions. The guides, host and staff were amazing and I really took a lot away from this experience." ~Brooks, 2023 “The guides and volunteers were amazing and extremely knowledgeable about the geology, plants and the events around the mountain. It was like walking in a classroom!" ~Tim, 2023

Ready for a unique and powerful adventure into the crater of an active volcano? With astounding views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Spirit Lake and the Mount Margaret back country, this is a true Pacific Northwest bucket-list experience. Hike alongside geologists and professional mountain guides past domes and canyons, pumice fields and lava beds, waterfalls and wildflowers, to the terminus of one of the youngest and fastest-growing glaciers in the world.  Catch glimpses of curious mountain goats as they watch you move carefully through the landscape.

The adventure begins Friday afternoon at our Mount St. Helens Field Camp where you will meet our Guide Staff and Camp Host who will assist you with setting up your campsite, vehicle spot or choosing a cot in our large wall tents.  The Host will prepare a delicious dinner catered to your dietary needs and you will be treated to a fireside lecture by the geologist.  Saturday, you'll rise early and after a hot breakfast, you'll caravan to the trailhead and commence an amazing day of immersive education and exploration of a 43 year old landscape.  Following Saturday’s hike, you're welcomed to stay at camp for dinner and socializing before departing Sunday morning after a full night's rest.  

Distance:  Approximately 9 - 10 miles (14.4 km - 16 km) round-trip
Elevation Gain: 2000 ft - 2500 ft (610 m - 760 m)
Duration: Approximately 10 hours
Meeting Location: Cascade Peaks Interpretive Center
Minimum Age: 10 (minors must be accompanied by an adult the entire adventure)
Maximum Group Size: 12
Cost: $899 / person

What's Included:

  • Guided hike into the crater - professional guides, geologists and volunteer mountain stewards.
  • All meals and beverages from Friday night to Sunday morning
  • Space to pitch a personal tent or sleep in your car or camper vehicle (no hookups or services)
  • Access to a porta-potties 
  • 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.