The Mount St. Helens Institute offers a variety of different guided climbs to help visitors get the most from their experience on the volcano. Our 2014 climb dates are now available by selecting a climb listed below!
These climbs offer an amazing opportunity to reach the rim of America’s most spectacular volcano in the comfort of a group setting. Designed for first-time climbers or those wishing to learn from our experienced mountain guides, the Southside Volcano Rim Climbs provide an unforgettable adventure to those bold enough to sign up!
Led by trained geologists, you will delve into the fascinating and complex geology of Mount St. Helens. 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 once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for geology-enthusiasts!
See Mount St. Helens from an all new angle! This Mount St. Helens Institute exclusive climb affords an awe-inspiring up-close look from the flanks of Mount St. Helens directly into the crater including eye-level views of crater glacier and the 1980-86 and 2004-08 lava domes. Oh, and don’t forget about the vast vistas to the north that include Johnston Ridge. Spirit Lake, the Mount Margaret backcountry, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. Food and overnight accommodations at our Ridge Camp are provided as well.
The hike begins on trail, as we descend from Windy Ridge and cross the Pumice Plain. We will depart the Loowit Trail and continue off trail as we travel up toward the crater breach. At stops along the route you will hear about the geology and ecology of this amazing landscape. At the crater breach, we will discuss Crater Glacier and other fascinating facts about Mount St. Helens unique landscape.