Mount St. Helens Tour

SEASONAL – NOT RUNNING TOUR UNTIL MAY 15TH

Departure: Tuesday (May 15 through October 15)
Duration: 9:00 am until 5:30 pm
Price: $100 per person (4 or more required for departure)

Includes: Pick up at select downtown Portland hotels, transportation, Tour Guide and entrance fees

Pick-up Locations: Select downtown Portland hotels. Click here for a list of many downtown Portland hotels we pick up at
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Share an extraordinary experience as phenomenal as it gets… Mount St. Helens eruption.

Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. Nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits.
At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helen’s and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.
Highlights:
• The Mount St. Helens Silver Lake Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin the “eruption experience”
• See spectacular views of the Mountain, elk, and replanted forests.
• Johnston Ridge Observatory is the closest view to the crater of Mount St. Helen’s.

Itinerary of your Day…

  •  9:00 am- Depart Portland
  • As we are driving to Mount St. Helens we will stop at a restaurant where you will be able to pick up a boxed lunch (lunch not included in price).
  • Arrive at Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake is an excellent place to begin the “eruption experience”. This Visitor Center opened its doors to the public a few years after the monumental eruption of Mount St. Helens. Functioning as a gateway to the mountain, over 30 miles away, our goal is to educate visitors on the historical significance of the landscape before and during the eruption. We also focus on the resulting impact on nearby ecosystems. Our vantage point offers a view of the Western slope of the mountain, visible from both our center and walking trail.

This unique building features expansive windows providing a glimpse of towering second-growth forest all around. A high archway and elaborately carved wooden columns contribute to the feeling of magnificence. Inside, visitors can enjoy a variety of interpretive displays that include comprehensive information on local history, geology, and re-growth and recovery of the land in the years immediately after the eruption.

Displays include:

  • Large, step-in model of the volcano
  • Life-size mannequins
  • functioning seismograph and live feed of current Mount St. Helens volcano seismicity
  • Chronological timeline of events leading up to the volcanic blast on May 18, 1980
  • Theater program offered twice an hour; at :05 and :35 after.

Outdoors, visitors can explore Silver Lake along the 0.6 mile-long trail, including boardwalks over the wetland where a variety of aquatic plants and migratory waterfowl can be viewed at different times of the year.

We will next stop at the Forest Learning Center.
The Forest Learning center is open to the public from May to September. Walk through a life-like forest, and experience the eruption chamber. Learn about forest recovery, reforestation, and conservation. See spectacular views of the Mountain, elk, and replanted forests. Hike a short trail through the planted forest and learn about biodiversity.
• Exhibits – provide updates and illustrate how forests are managed today to ensure that there will be forests in the future.
• “The Forest That Was” – sights, sounds, feel of the forest that was right before the 1980 eruption.
• “Eruption Chamber” – this program makes you feel as though you are an eyewitness to the blast.
• “Salvage, Recovery, and Reforestation” – destruction caused by the eruption, and the return of life.
• “Virtual Chopper Tour” – sit in a helicopter, view Mount St. Helens and surrounding landscapes.
• “Forests Tomorrow” – see how we manage forests to protect the habitat.
• “Forests Always” – appreciate the resiliency of forests at Mount St. Helens

Our last stop of the day will be at Johnston Ridge Observatory
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Johnston Ridge Observatory is named for volcanologist David Johnston, who was camped at the site when Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. His final words – called in via shortwave radio – were …“Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!” Johnston’s body has never been found. Johnston Ridge Observatory is the crown jewel of Southwest Washington and the closest view to the crater of Mount St. Helens. Spectacular views, awesome hiking trails and breathtaking photo opportunities await you
• Movie – “Message from the Mountain” eruption movie.
• Interpretive Talk/Displays – portray the sequence of geologic events that transformed the landscape and opened up a new era in the science of monitoring an active volcano and forecasting eruptions.
• Closest View to Mount St. Helens – Visitors can expect to see views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain, and the landslide deposit.
• USFS Staff Ranger Talk

After we depart Johnston Ridge Observatory we will stop at some viewpoints as we make our way back to Portland where we will drop you at your downtown Portland hotel.

Other events:

Summer on the Mountain Events:  Summer on the Mountain is a public event series that takes place at the Mount St. Helens, Science and Learning Center and the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Click this link to see the events: http://www.mshslc.org/events/

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Tour Departure/Pick Up: Complimentary pick up from select downtown Portland hotels. Customers will be notified prior to any cancellation 24 hours in advance when possible.

Tour price Includes: Pick up at select hotels, transportation, tour guide and All applicable entry fees, unless otherwise stated.

Not Included: Gratuity and Lunch. You will have an opportunity to purchase lunch and/or snack.

Requirements: Tours require 4 person minimum for confirmation. Please contact us for current status of tour.

Payment: On-line reservations can be made using a credit or debit card. Payment will be processed immediately to secure your reservation. Payment on day of pick up will not guarantee your reservation.

Reservations: All reservations are final at time of booking. We recommend two weeks in advance for reservations especially during our high volume seasons. Walk-ins please call to confirm departure and availability.

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I. Other Entities: America’s Hub World Tours (AHWT) will not be held responsible for cancellations, changes to services/fees/price, conduct, of quality of goods and services for entities that operate under any name other than AHWT including, but not limited to: vendors, tour operators, vineyards and wineries, event staff, hotels, transportation companies, restaurants and entertainers.

II. Weather – Unless otherwise noted and specified all services are planned to operate regardless of weather. In the event of an “Act of God” and weather presents a safety issue AHWT will offer other tours to consider. There will be no reimbursements, full or partial, for inclement weather experienced during any service provided. It is the responsibility of the guests to be prepared for predicted weather and dress accordingly.

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No smoking in Vehicles; No alcohol drinking in vehicles! Not responsible for articles left in vehicles! There will be a $200 minimum damage/cleaning charge resulting from customer misuse. All passengers are responsible and liable for their own actions while in this vehicle; neither the driver nor the company is responsible or liable for any injury or damage caused by or as a result of any customer actions. We are not in control of the traffic and therefore take no responsibility for time issues due to traffic.

The state of Oregon requires all parents with children requiring car seats to use them. Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age AND twenty pounds. We do not supply car seats; if you did not bring one the hotel can recommend rental locations. Some will deliver to hotels.

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