9745 Spirit Lake Highway
Experience the wonder of a volcano from the best vantage point – the air!
Marvel at one of nature’s most powerful creations, taking in the devastation of an eruption that occurred over 37 years ago while learning about how the area is still affected today.
Hillsboro Aviation has been operating tours of Mount St. Helens for over 25 years and is the most experienced tour operator on the mountain.
Mount St. Helens Helicopter Tours
With its majestic beauty and eruptive history, Mount St. Helens boasts one of the regions’ most breathtaking natural wonders. Unparalleled vantages, sweeping panoramas, and a descent into the crater itself make Hillsboro Aviation’s Mount St. Helens helicopter tours a once-in-a-lifetime experience that cannot be missed!
Our tours operate from July through mid-September (or later, weather depending), departing every thirty minutes from our helipad at North Fork Survivors, just off Spirit Lake Highway. Tours are given in our Bell JetRanger, which is considered to be the most reliable helicopter in the industry. It seats four people in addition to the pilot. Our pilots are extremely knowledgeable about the area from years of flying tours and performing survey work on the mountain for the U.S. government. The pilots provide a thorough narrative during the tour, providing geographic and cultural context to the striking visuals you’ll witness on your tour.
We offer two tour options: the Crater Tour and Summit Tour. The tours include a variety of highlights from the Toutle River Valley, Elk Rock, Castle Lake, Johnston Ridge, Spirit Lake, Loowit Glacier, and the mountain’s new lava dome that emits white steam signaling its status as a very active volcano. On a clear day, there are also spectacular views of Mount Rainier to the north and Mount Adams to the east, framing the eruption zone that stretches for over 15 miles.
Woodland, WA 98674
Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.
To showcase the site, the Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization. The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations. With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work of growing and showing the beautiful lilacs including those hybridized by Hulda Klager many decades ago.
Lilac Days 2018
April 21 – Mothers Day – May 13th
History of Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
Woodland is perhaps best known as the home of Hulda Klager (1863–1960), who was a prolific breeder of lilacs. The “Lilac Lady” Hulda Klager née Thiel, was long the pride of Woodland. She immigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1865, when she was just two years old, and came West when her family bought a farm in Woodland. Later she married and settled down on the family farm. When a friend gave her a book about Luther Burbank, she began creating flowers, hybridizing new varieties of roses, dahlias, even apples, and lilacs in particular. By 1920 she had created such a magnificent array of new hand-pollinated lilacs that she opened her garden on Lilac Week every spring for visitors. The floodwaters of 1948 rolled over her garden, destroying every shrub and hand-pollinated lilac. The loss grieved those who visited her garden or who had purchased her lilacs. From all over the Northwest, people sent starts of her lilacs from their own gardens. By 1950, at the age of eighty-seven, Klager, who loved flowers and who had been honored by the state of Washington as well as such organizations as the nationally famous arboretum at Cambridge, Massachusetts, again opened her home for Lilac Week. After her death in 1960, the Woodland Federated Garden Club, shocked that the garden might be bulldozed for industry, succeeded in raising money to buy it and have it declared a state and national historic site.
Toutle, WA 98649
Eco Park Resort, just 24 miles up SR-504 offers Guided Horse Back Tours in the beautiful back country.
Take a guided tour on horseback, lead by park owner Mark Smith, a survivor of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
They have over 12 miles of trails to ride on. Some of the trails cross over parts of the old highway.
Tour on the mud-flow itself, and see the life returning to the area first hand.