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Mt. St. Helens & the Ecosystem Tour from Seattle

Mt. St. Helens & the Ecosystem Tour from Seattle

Visit Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Stopping to take photos along the way, your naturalist guide will present dramatic evidence to just how well the ecosystem is recovering and the impressive ongoing reforestation project.

Arriving into the blast-zone, just 5 miles from the crater at the Johnston Ridge Observatory you'll take in some stunning views into the steaming volcano. Your naturalist guide will share the magic of the geological events surrounding the 1980 eruption through a variety of stories, facts and walks. Experience how volcanoes are monitored and discover how Mount St. Helens has taught us new answers to old mysteries. The Center's state-of-the-art interpretive displays and theater magically 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. Read amazing eyewitness accounts from eruption survivors.

You'll embark on short walk on the Eruption Trail and learn how the eruption shaped the surrounding landscape. You can expect to see views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain, and the landslide deposit. On the return, you'll experience the Hummocks Trail, the largest landslide in recorded human history, in Coldwater Lake Recreation Area to see first hand how the environment was left to respond naturally to the eruption at 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980. 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. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

12 hours

Time

7:30 am on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday (mid-May through October)

72 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Tour includes hotel pick-up from downtown Seattle hotels and cruise terminals. Minimum age is 6. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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Inclusions

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your Downtown Seattle hotel or cruise terminal
  • Highly-qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
  • Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
  • Locally sourced and/or organic lunch
  • Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
  • All entry fees
  • Comprehensive naturalist commentary

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Important Information
  • Minimum tour age is 6
  • All minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

72 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Tour includes hotel pick-up from downtown Seattle hotels and cruise terminals. Minimum age is 6. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

September 25, 2017

Desired Time:

07:30 AM