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  2. Oregon
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Windy Ridge

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
Duration 12 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Pickup at your accommodations in Portland.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Hiking shoes
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.
Organized by

Terran Travels

Product ID: 285052