One of the most sought-after aspects of the ministry here at the Mount St Helens Creation Center is that of the popular full day excursions along the road leading to Mount St Helens, through the Toutle Valley. Some of these include hikes along some of the trails. These excursions last a full day, and are a major undertaking; there are no other Mount St Helens tours organized on such an extensive basis. To get a feel for the enormous amount covered in these tours, click on the video link to the above.
Park Opening Dates:
Please note that the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument opening dates are as follows:
Johnstone Ridge, last 8 miles of Spirit Lake Highway: May 16th 2018
South Side interpretative sites, Lava Canyon, Lahar Viewpoint: early June 2018
East Side interpretative sites, Scorch Zone, Harmony Trail, Windy Ridge: July 1st 2018 – though could be later (last year it was August 24th!!)
If there are not sufficient bookings for a particular excursion, then we may find it necessary to cancel the excursion – so please check the website for details. Please do not just turn up without checking, as you might be disappointed.
As a ministry, we manage these excursions simply on donations. As a guide, we would suggest that your group consider a donation, calculated as follows: $15 per person, with a minimum of $250 per group. On days where there are scheduled groups, we would invite you to consider $15 per person, to join the group. If you are booking a group excursion, we would ask that 25% of your booking donation be paid no later than 14 days before your planned excursion date, as a non-returnable deposit*. The remainder can be paid on the day.
We have developed 3 excursions, at the current time, with a 4th one in preparation. Pages about these excursions, and downloadable pdfs, are given below.
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To get to our Center, leave I-5 at exit 49, and drive into Castle Rock. Fork right after the railway bridge.
Book an Excursion!
So why not book an excursion right now? Just contact us; the contact details are on the contact page, which is why it is called the contact page. However, we will shortly have an online excursion enquiry form to aid with booking tours.
*If it is necessary for the Mount St Helens Creation Center to cancel the excursion, then your deposit will be returned – unless you wish to re-schedule it!