1. United States
  2. Oregon
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Mount Saint Helens

Portland: The Mt. St. Helens Adventure Tour

Product ID: 285052
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Marvel at the sublime magnificence of Mt. St. Helens, hike through an oldgrowth forest, spelunk through a lava tube, and enjoy waterfalls on this small group tour through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
About this activity
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Mobile ticketing
Duration: 12 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Pickup at your accommodations in Portland.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit a viewpoint into the crater of sublime Mt. St. Helens
  • Gaze at crystalline waterfalls
  • Spelunk through one of the longest lava tubes in North America
  • Hike through enchanting oldgrowth forest
Full description
Spend a full day crawling, climbing, and hiking with your professional guide as you experience Oregon's natural surroundings up close.

Travel north of Portland along the lower Columbia River, known for 18th-century Spanish, American, and British explorers, and the Chinookan people. Crawl through a lava tree mold during a 20-minute hike in a landscape reminiscent of a fairy-tale amusement park, before beginning your descent into Ape Cave, one of the longest continuous lava tubes in North America. Spend 1-2.5 hours exploring this cave, named for a purported Sasquatch attack.

Weather permitting, you will spend an hour at the closest viewpoint into the crater of the volcano, where you will eat a picnic lunch, overlooking Spirit Lake. Here, if there are no clouds, walk up the 437-step staircase to get a photo of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and of course, Mt. St. Helens. Before returning to Portland, you'll make additional 5-to-30-minute stops to enjoy vistas, hike through oldgrowth forest, and admire a waterfall.

Throughout the day you'll learn about the geological history that shaped Mt. St. Helens and the Cascadia region.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within Portland
  • PA system to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Headlamps
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with heart problems
  • People afraid of heights
  • People with vertigo
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with epilepsy
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
  • People under 4 ft 6 in (140 cm)
  • People with haemophilia
  • People prone to seasickness

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long pants
Know before you go
• This tour operates in all weather conditions, and the cave is 42F (5.5C). Please dress in layers.
• Please wear shoes that are suitable for minor rock climbing (i.e. scrambling/bouldering).
• Wear long pants, as there will be opportunities for crawling.
• If weather does not allow mountain visibility, a modified itinerary will take you to bonus stops.
• Visibility of the volcano cannot be guaranteed.

From US$ 200 per person