Private Tour: Mount St Helens Nature Walk and Ape Cave Tour from Portland
Then, explore the Mount St Helens Visitor Center in and around the 'Blast Zone,' where the volcano last erupted in 1980. While you stop to take scenic photos along the way, your naturalist guide describes the impressive ongoing reforestation project and explains how well the surrounding ecosystem is recovering from the volcano’s massive explosion.
At midday, enjoy a local, organic lunch (see below for a sample menu). Then, head to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, just 5 miles (8 km) from the crater, to enjoy stunning views of the steaming volcano, the growing lava dome and the glacier.
Enjoy a private nature walk here with your guide, who shares the drama of the geological events surrounding the eruption. As you keep your eye out for wildlife, including deer, elk, beavers and birds, learn how volcanoes are monitored and how Mount St Helens has taught scientists new answers to old mysteries!
After your full-day adventure, you're driven back to your downtown Portland hotel in the evening.
- Locally sourced roasted chicken breast
- Quinoa or lentil salad
- Organic green salad with local ingredients
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Mt St Helens
- Private naturalist guide
- Entrance fees
- All equipment
- Transport by Mercedes van or luxury SUV
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (downtown Portland hotels only)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation is received at time of booking
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Difficulty level is easy to moderate; some level of physical ability is required
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
- Sturdy shoes are recommended, as a moderate amount of walking is involved
- Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
- When the Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed during the winter months, you'll drive to a different viewing location and take a snowshoe hike