Mount St. Helens Winter Adventures

Explore Mount St. Helens’ scenic wintry areas with the Mount St. Helens Institute and learn what makes this volcano and the Northwest so special. The Mount St. Helens Institute’s Winter Adventures are a wonderful way to explore new places with an expert naturalist guide, Bob Appling. You can even rent your snowshoes from the Institute! You will need to provide your own lunch and transportation to the trailhead. And if you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary gift for the outdoor adventurer in your life, gift certificates are available and can be purchased online here.

Participants will learn the basic skills of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing while also gaining knowledge about winter wildlife tracking, geology and biology. In short: it’s a beautiful and educational workout, with hot chocolate at the end. The cost per participant is $45. Snowshoe and trekking pole rentals are available for $15 per participant. (Sorry, cross-country ski and pole rentals aren’t available, so BYOCCSAP—bring your own cross-country skis and poles!)

Below is the complete list of 2017 Winter Adventures, or you can visit for details. Click on each link for information about registration, and showshoe rental.

Above image: hikers near Chocolate Falls. See more amazing photos on the Mount St. Helens Institute’s Facebook page!

Snowshoe Adventure

Snowshoe Adventures allow participants to explore some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state, including Elk Rock, Old Man Pass, Ape Caves, and June Lake. Hikes are guided by outdoor specialists from the Mount St. Helens Institute.

Participants can bring their own snowshoes or rent a pair (with trekking poles) for $15. Hiking routes are moderately difficult, and hikers need to come prepared with proper gear and water. The Snowshoe Adventures are quite popular, and some hikes sell out in advance, so early registration is suggested. Please note: the $30 registration fee is non-refundable.

Snowshoe Adventures will be held on Feb. 15, 22, March 1 and 8.

Sign up and get specific information on times and directions at