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Private Mt. St. Helens

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This private tour allows you to choose your activity choices and at your pace, the day will be built around you to maximize your experience! Embark on interpretative nature walks with a naturalist guide and learn about the mountain's explosive past.

Private Mt. St. Helens

So, you believe you have seen some amazing things in your lifetime, but you may have never seen anything quite like this before. Mt. Rainier National Park is America's fifth-oldest protected park and home to the greatest single-peak glacial system in the country.

This private, beautiful journey will take you into the ravaged heart of Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument where you can view the steaming volcano just miles from the crater, experience ecosystems recovering from the devastation of the 1980 eruption and walk through the park with your naturalist guide to gain a hands on understanding of local flora.

Travel south from Seattle to the park entrance and begin to wind your way along the scenic and picturesque road to get up-close and personal with nature as you exit your transportation once you arrive to walk and explore. You may stop at Lewis & Clark State Park to bask in the shadow of the old-growth forests that once covered the blast zone or at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge to explore estuary wetlands among a symphony of birdsong.

Once in the Volcanic Monument, you'll traverse the barren landscapes, stopping for a peaceful hike along the Hummocks Trail or to take in the still blue waters of Coldwater Lake.

After enjoying a delicious picnic lunch of fresh, local fare paired with local wine, you'll arrive at the renowned Johnston Ridge Observatory and Visitor Center where the theater plays an informative film.

Set off on an interpretive walk along the Eruption Trail that offers sweeping views of the blast zone and crater and teems with stunning purple lupine and other flowers in the mid-to-late summer. One of the most stunning landscapes on the planet, Mt. St. Helens is like nowhere you've been before.

With so many things to see, your guide will take his time, allowing you plenty of opportunities to photograph the incredible panoramas, wildlife, and natural wonders. Witness firsthand the unparalleled natural beauty of Mt. Rainier.

Please Note: This tour is best for hotel guests, as it does not pick up or drop off at the cruise pier or accommodate luggage. Custom pick-up is provided from select downtown Seattle/SeaTac airport area hotels. Please select your preferred pick-up location above. If you arrive at Pier 66, please select the "Edgewater Hotel" as your preferred pick-up location. If you arrive at Pier 91, please select the "Museum of Pop Culture / Experience Music Project" as your preferred pick-up location. Please note that a taxi (not included) may be required to reach the closest pick-up location from the cruise pier.

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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $356.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
12 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Custom pick-up is provided for this tour. Please enter your desired pick-up location above.
Food/Beverage Provided
Lunch is included.
Special Instructions
We recommend layers of synthetic clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. We also suggest comfortable walking shoes that may get wet. A hat and sunglasses are also suggested.
The minimum age to participate is 10 years of age. All children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian with them at all times. All travelers are required to carry valid identification at all times. Participants must be able to hike over rocky or uneven ground at an incline.