Mount Saint Helen’s Volcano Tour

On the Mount Saint Helen’s Volcano Tour, our guests will learn about the “blast zone,” mud-flows (lahars), pyroclastic flows, biological regeneration and the largest avalanche recorded by man. The immense effects from the eruption of Mount Saint Helen’s on the surrounding region must be seen to be appreciated. We will make many incredible photo stops, including the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

Full day $129.00. Group discounts available for 30+ guests.

Tomorrow’s tour is only available by calling. Phone 503-475-0226
Toll free: 888 TOURS-33 (888-868-7733)
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Mount Saint Helens Volcano Tour - mudflow

The Mount Saint Helens Volcano Tour is normally scheduled from 9 AM to 5 PM, but we’re flexible! Because we travel in small groups, options may be available to adjust our itinerary according to your wishes as the day progresses. The following is a sample itinerary.

9:00 AMPickup at your hotel or residence. Travel north from Portland crossing North America’s second largest river, the Columbia. We will journey alongside the Columbia River for nearly an hour learning about the geological forces which created Mount Saint Helen’s and the other Cascades Mountains. Occasional views of Mount Saint Helen’s may be seen to the east.
10:10 AMA rest stop is made in Castle Rock, Washington for restrooms and to purchase our picnic supplies before we head east towards better viewing areas. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch also.
10:30 AMThe views become more and more amazing as we travel up the North Fork of the Toutle River. Stops will be made along the way to view the two-mile wide remnant mudflows and debris which crashed down the river valley in the largest avalanche ever recorded by man.  

As we enter the “lateral blast zone” you will see the hillsides which are still covered with the shattered trees and stumps. 600 mph super-heated winds decimated everything to the north up to 17 miles away! The new road, built 3,000 feet above the valley floor in case of future eruptions, offers colossal views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Mount Saint Helens Volcano Tour Viewpoint

12 NoonWe break for lunch at the Coldwater Lake picnic area. We will stop in Castle Rock to buy sandwiches or guests may bring their lunches. The “blast zone” makes for a unique picnicking experience.
12:45 PMWe leave for the highlight of the tour — The Johnston Ridge Observatory, road and viewpoint will give you some of the most amazing views of an active volcano anywhere in the world! Guests will be given time to watch a fantastic 20-minute film on the events leading up to the May 18, 1980 eruption and to take in the exhibits at this fantastic 10.5-million dollar visitors center.
Link: Johnston Ridge Observatory
EcoTours guides will have wildlife spotting scopes on hand for visitors to see the immense area and wildlife such as Roosevelt Elk up close.
Read more: Silver Lake Visitors Center
2:30 PMIf notified before the tour, tour options may include: taking a short nature walk through a devastation area to observe the natural regeneration, taking a short walk down onto the mudflow/lahar of the Toutle River, hiking a short distance through the hummocks created from the eruption’s giant debris avalanche, or stopping at an A-frame house which had volcanic mudflow/lahar ooze into it about five-feet deep.
Link: Kelso-Longview.
5:00 PMArrive back at your hotel or home.

Mount Saint Helens Volcano Tour - Viewpoint - EcoTours of Oregon

The cost of Mount Saint Helens Volcano Tour is $129.00 Cost includes door-to-door transportation and the interpretive naturalist services of your ecotour guide. Group discounts available for 30+ guests.

Tomorrow’s tour is only available by calling. Phone 503-475-0226
Toll free: 888 TOURS-33 (888-868-7733)
Book NowRequest a Tour Without Payment