Summit Climbs

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“We had a great trip. Our trip leader was knowledgeable, provided excellent leadership, and had many interesting facts and stories about the area and Mount St. Helens and the eruption.” ~ Peter “I had an amazing time exploring Mount St. Helens and soaking in the amazing views. The group was great and the guides and volunteers were wonderful.” ~ Jennifer “Excellent guiding! The hike was hard, but the hike leaders were very positive and encouraging and kept the group together. A wonderful experience.!” ~Beth

Classic Summit Climb

Embark on a remarkable journey to the summit of Mount St. Helens with our guided group tours. Designed for both novice climbers and experienced mountaineers, this is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of one of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic active Cascade volcanoes. Our knowledgeable mountain guides will enrich your experience with insights into the area's rich natural and cultural history. Experience the awe-inspiring Mount St. Helens in harmony with the land.

Summit Climb With a Geologist

Discover the extraordinary geology of Mount St. Helens firsthand on our geologist-led summit climb. As you make your way up Monitor Ridge to the rim of the volcano, our professional geologist will guide you through the complex and fascinating geologic story of Mount St. Helens. This unique adventure seamlessly combines the love of climbing and geology, perfect for those who wish to experience the majesty of Mount St. Helens in a deeper, more intimate way.

  • Minimum Age: 12+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Maximum Group Size: 10
  • Permits: Fee includes a climbing permit.
  • Duration: 6:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM
  • Classic Summit Climb Cost: $288 / person. $15/ice axe rental.
  • **Summit with a Geologist: $298 / person.


  Winter Route (typically June climbs) Summer Route (typically July climbs or later)
Distance 12 miles round-trip 10 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain 5,500 ft 4,500 ft
Location Marble Mountain Sno-Park Climber's Bivouac Trailhead


We strongly recommend that you conduct training hikes or routines before you climb Mount St. Helens. Your fitness will be the best indicator of your enjoyment of the experience and your success on the climb. See our suggested training hikes.

Additional Information

Route Descriptions
Program Policies
Suggested Packing List
Training Hikes
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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.