Dates: May 15, thru Oct. 30, 2015
Days available: Customized for groups 6 up to 50 people
Duration: 4-night / 5-days
Price: $1895.00 per person (groups 4 or more required to confirm booking)
Package Include: -2 night stay at Portland area hotels; 2 night stay at Eco Resort Lodge or hotel near Mt St. Helen’s; Portland City Tour; Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls; Choose from Oregon Coastal Tour; Mt St. Helen’s Tour; Washington State birding; Optional Horseback Riding or Hiking; Transportation to and from the Eco Park Lodge.
Plan an exciting vacation to Mt. St. Helen’s via Portland or Seattle!
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helen’s erupted by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale. Nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits. At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helen’s and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.
Adventure in the beautiful City of Portland and learn about the history, cultural, spectacular mountain views and on our acclaimed Portland City tour. Then explore Multnomah Falls and other Gorge Waterfalls. The next day we will visit one of the most unique coastal ranges in the world. Then travel north to experience the eruption of Mt. St. Helen’s volcano. As you explore this historic geologic area, spend two nights at Eco Resort Lodge, a rustic adventure resort situated in the heart of St. Helen’s wilderness. At Eco Resort you can explore the Mt St Helen’s via horseback, van tours, hiking or even helicopter! We will provide transportation from Portland to Eco Resort Lodge located right near the path Mt St. Helen’s eruption.
Combine a tour of Portland, the City of Roses, with an afternoon tour out to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic area for a few highlights of spectacular Multnomah Falls and Gorge Waterfalls. This combination tour includes the following:
Off The Beaten Path… The New Portland City Tour: We don’t just show you the highlights of downtown, we introduce you to the City of Portland. The only city tour in Portland that offers a well-balanced overview of downtown and surrounding area’s history, culture and current events. Travel through the various parts of the city and visit all the must-see attractions, then we take you on another adventure throughout the various parts of the city neighborhoods, historical buildings, businesses and sights.
Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Tour: We start along the Historic Columbia River Highway National Scenic Byway. Some of the waterfalls make include; visiting Portland Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Multnomah Falls, Horse Tail Falls and Bonneville Dam.
Willamette Wine Country Tour: Oregon is home to some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world and is known for its distinctive Pinot Noir. The heart of these vineyards is located in the Willamette Valley on gentle hills that give way to expansive views of the vines and valley below.
Oregon coastal Tour: Is graced with unforgettable vistas: dramatic cliffs, offshore rocks and sea lions; wide sandy beaches; majestic capes; historic lighthouses; enchanted forests and lovely small beach towns which artists and artisans make their home. Alone, the coast we will visit Astoria, Columbia River Maritime Museum’s, Astoria Column, Cannon Beach, Hay Stack Rock and enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic Oregon Coastline.
Lunch: (Astoria Waterfront)
Mount St Helen’s
Eco Park Resort: The closest accommodations to the Blast Zone! Eco Park Resort is a 90-acre resort with log cabins and things to do include: helicopter rides, guided horseback tours, full-service restaurant, and café.Learn about the history from a lodge owner’s perspective – Before, during, and after: 30 years in the making.
Music on the Mountain Series: The first Saturday in July, August and September. This beautiful Amphitheater at Johnston Ridge Observatory with the back drop of Mt St Helens is Spectacular! Here is the link to a portion of the concert with a video Click here!
Mt St. Helen’s Visitor Center: The Mount St. Helens Silver Lake Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin the “eruption experience”. The attractive, lodge-style facility includes exhibits, trails, and a 16-minute movie about the eruption. A walk-through model of Mount St. Helens gives visitors a chance to experience volcanology from the inside out.
- Nature Trail – The nature trail is a mile long trail along Silver Lake, with boardwalks over wetlands, where a variety of migratory birds may be seen, with picturesque views of Mount St. Helen and the surrounding areas.
- Movie – a powerful and moving 16-minute film detailing the events around the May 18, 1980 eruption.
- Exhibits – provide information about volcanoes, comparing Mt. St. Helens to other volcanic eruptions through history.
- SILVER LAKE ROOM –
The Forest Learning center: The Forest Learning center is open to the public from May to October and is free of charge. Walk through a life-like forest, and experience the eruption chamber. Learn about forest recovery, reforestation, and conservation. See spectacular views of the Mountain, elk, and replanted forests. Hike a short trail through the planted forest and learn about biodiversity.
- Exhibits – provide updates and illustrate how forests are managed today to ensure that there will be forests in the future.
- “The Forest That Was” – sights, sounds, feel of the forest that was right before the 1980 eruption.
- “Eruption Chamber” – this program makes you feel as though you are an eyewitness to the blast.
- “Salvage, Recovery, and Reforestation” – destruction caused by the eruption, and the return of life.
- “Virtual Chopper Tour” – sit in a helicopter, view Mount St. Helen’s and surrounding landscapes.
- “Forests Tomorrow” – see how we manage forests to protect the habitat.
- “Forests Always” – appreciate the resiliency of forests at Mount St. Helen’s – NEW!–
Johnston Ridge Observatory: Is named for volcanologist David Johnston, who was camped at the site when Mount St. Helen’s erupted on May 18, 1980. His final words – called in via shortwave radio – were …“Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!” Johnston’s body has never been found. Johnston Ridge Observatory is the crown jewel of Southwest Washington and the closest view to the crater of Mount St. Helen’s. Spectacular views, awesome hiking trails and breathtaking photo opportunities await you
- Movie – “Message from the Mountain” eruption movie.
- Interpretive Talk/Displays – portray the sequence of geologic events that transformed the landscape and opened up a new era in the science of monitoring an active volcano and forecasting eruptions.
- Closest View to Mount St. Helen’s – Visitors can expect to see views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain, and the landslide deposit.
- US Forest Service Staff Ranger Talk-
Hummocks Trail / Coldwater Creek: The trail loops 2.3 easy miles through mounds of debris shaped by erosion. In the hummocks you can inspect the multicolored volcanic debris, and enjoy views of Mount St. Helen’s and the Toutle River. Ponds that have formed between the Hummocks are host to new life: there are wildflowers, frogs, deer, elk, and coyote.
- Coldwater – Located 45 miles east of Castle Rock in the heart of the blast zone. Experience the effect that the May 18, 1980 eruption had on the Coldwater Valley. Walk on the .25 miles “Birth of a Lake” interpretive trail, and enjoy close-up views of this 20 year old lake. Facilities include picnic tables, restrooms, and fish cleaning station, boat-launch, and hands-on discovery area.
Washington State birding: Is made up of marshes, wetlands, lakes, forests and grasslands. Most of the birds of the Pacific Flyway depend on Washington’s wealth of natural habitats. Vast numbers of shorebirds stop here in spring to rest and eat before continuing northward, while many neo-tropical migrants, raptors, and others stay to nest and raise the next generation. The Southwest Washington Loop features 270 of Washington’s 365 bird species. Many can be found at five sites in Cowlitz County. From Coal Creek Slough: Bullock’s orioles; willow, olive-sided, and Pacific-slope flycatchers; osprey; swallows; and kingfishers
-Lake Sacagawea: Green heron; American coot; pie-billed grebe; rock dove; cormorant; osprey; and bufflehead, canvasback, mallard, widgeon, golden-eye, and wood ducks.
-Seaquest State Park/Mount St. Helens Visitor Center: Native and migratory birds.
-Hummocks Trail: Horned larks, Western meadowlarks, rock wrens, rosy finches, goldeneyes, buffleheads, cinnamon teal, Canada geese, coots, sora, marsh wren, red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds, yellowthroat, yellow warbler, Wilson’s warbler, yellow-rumped warblers, MacGillivray’s warbler, willow flycatcher, sparrows, kingfishers, swifts, kestrels, rufous hummingbirds, harriers, short-eared owls, Townsend’s solitaire, and barn, cliff, tree, violet-green, northern rough-winged and Vaux’s swallow.
-Johnston Ridge Observatory: Many of the same species found on the Hummocks Trail.
As a result, Washington State birding is one of the premier locations out west for spring or autumn birding. Cowlitz County offers some of the best birding experience throughout the state.
*Price includes: tasting fees to three vineyards, bottled water and cheese platter (with groups of 2 or more)
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* Photos courtesy of Eco Park Resort/Dawn & Mark Smith/ Crater man “Charlie Anderson”*
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