The Mount St. Helens Institute offers a variety of different guided climbs to help visitors get the most from their experience on the volcano. Climbing permits are included in the cost for Summit Climbs and Summit Climbs with a Geologist. Our 2016 climb dates are now available by selecting a climb listed below!
This classic climb to the rim of Mount St. Helens offers an amazing opportunity to reach the top of the Pacific Northwest’s most spectacular volcanoes and learn about the area’s natural history in the comfort of a guided group. Designed for first time climbers or those wishing to learn from our experienced and knowledgable mountain guides, the Southside Volcano Rim Climb provides an unforgettable adventure to those bold enough to climb an active Cascade Volcano!
Led by a trained geologist, you will delve into the fascinating and complex geology of Mount St. Helens as you climb to the rim one of the Pacific Northwest’s most spectacular volcanoes in the comfort of a guided group. Your adventure will start on Friday evening as you sit around the campfire and learn about the eruptive history of Mount St. Helens. The next day, the geologist will explain all facets of the geology of Mount St. Helens and answer questions while ascending Monitor Ridge to the rim. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in geology and volcanoes!
Leaving from Windy Ridge, climb to an incredible and one-of-a-kind view of the Crater Glacier. This is a Mount St. Helens Institute EXCLUSIVE hike across the Pumice Plain and off-trail into the restricted area. We hike toward the crater, exploring natural resources on the Pumice Plain and end on a plateau with an awe-inspiring, up-close view of the crater, both lava domes and the glacier. Views to the north include Johnston Ridge, Spirit Lake, the Mt. Margaret Backcountry, Mt. Adams and Goat Rocks Wilderness, and Mt. Rainer!
This is a bucket list adventure that few receive the opportunity to experience – a hike into the crater! With a professional geologist to explain the creation of the Domes and canyons, pumice fields and lava beds, we will travel across the Pumice Plain to the Goat Rocks Fan and then high up into the crater breach and to the snout of Crater Glacier. This is as close as you can get! Plus, there are astounding views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Spirit Lake! The trips begins Friday at the Mount St. Helens Ridge camp where we will treat you to an amazing dinner by the camp fire, followed by a fireside lecture by the geologist. Guests are welcome to stay Saturday evening as well for dinner and another nights rest in the shadow of the volcano.