Don’t pass up the chance to turn a crank on the shoulder of an active volcano! The Ape Canyon ride, which begins on the south side of Mount St. Helens, is one of the Northwest’s premier mountain biking treks, with varied landscapes and incredible vistas. World-class single-track also awaits at Siouxon Creek, Lewis River, South Coldwater, and Old Man Pass/Falls Creek.
Tour de Blast – Road Biking
Tour de Blast is the essential event for road bikers, attracting crowds in excess of 1,000 each year. The 82-mile route from Toutle to Johnston Ridge takes riders into the very heart of the blast zone. If you can’t make the annual June event, you can still enjoy the experience and the views by following the ride route from Toutle Lake School to Johnston Ridge Observatory. Total elevation gain is 6,240′
STP Bicycle Classic
This 200-mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 10,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon.
Castle Rock Bike Skills Park
This is an awesome dirt track located in Castle Rock, WA. Jump lines, drops, skinnies, log-overs, and the Pacific Northwest’s largest pump track.
Climbing information – Permits
Everyone must have a climbing permit to be above 4,800 feet elevation on Mount St. Helens.
The permit system helps to protect the volcano’s physical and biological features and processes, reduces crowding, and provides climbers with information on climbing conditions, Leave No Trace principles, and safety. The permit system has been in effect since 1987.
1. Mount St. Helens climbing permits are administered by Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) through an online vendor.
The MSHI online vendor is a secure website that accepts all major credit and debit cards. Climbers will be emailed a permit purchase confirmation receipt at the time of purchase.
2. The total permit fee of $22 includes a service charge which goes towards MSHI’s Mountain Stewards Volunteer Program to help maintain and protect the climbing routes. Climbing permits are not refundable. If climbing is suspended by the Forest Service, permit sales will also be suspended.
3. From April 1 to October 31 climbing permits are available online by advance purchase only.
Do not wait until the day of your climb to purchase your permit.
Unsold permits may be purchased online until 24-hours before the date of the climb.
4. Once you complete your permit purchase through the online vendor, all sales are final.
Refunds are not possible. You cannot change climbing dates once your purchase is complete. Please plan accordingly before completing your purchase.
Cougar, WA 98616
Kalama Horse Camp, located on the southwest flank of Mt. St. Helens, is outside the blast zone of the 1980 eruption. The camp and its nearby trails are close enough to the mountain for you to observe how the most recent eruption changed the area. You’ll also plenty of evidence of previous volcanic activity. The campground loop trail allows easy access to the main trail head. The trail head parking area, found at the east end of the campground provides parking for day use. There are over 50 miles of trails and closed roads are available from the campground.
Lewis & Clark Bowmen
Archery Lessons – Youth and Adult, Individual/Group
Archery Shoots – Competitions
Archery Range Situated in the Woods – 3-D Range
(Range accessible to members only or during shoots)
Hunting Preparation Shoots – Fall/Winter Archery
Inexpensive Club Memberships
Kalama, WA 98625
Marina & Recreational Area
The Port of Kalama offers stellar riverfront recreational facilities, including walking and biking paths, playgrounds, covered picnic shelters and the tallest totem pole in the Pacific Northwest! The Port operates a 222-slip marina, and its public beaches are a southwest Washington destination for swimming, windsurfing, fishing and just relaxing.
Kelso, WA 98626
Here at Rocking Horse Ranch, LLC we offer Horse training, Riding lesson’s, Farrier service. & Training clinic’s
Colt starting, ranch versatility, tune-ups, correcting bad habits, ground work, trail obstacles, confidence building and working ranch horse.
Lesson’s we offer
We specialize in training horses from ground work to the finished bridle horse, roping, ranch versatility, working ranch horse, extensive trail riding, packing and horsemanship, lesson’s from beginning to advanced.
Mike Gunnels AQHA professional horseman
Kelso, WA 98626
The Three Rivers Golf Course, an 18-hole course established in 1983 next to the Cowlitz River, is owned by the Kelso-Longview Elks BPOE 1482. The course is built on a base of material deposited in the Cowlitz River by the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens and removed by dredging. This porous combination of ash, dust, sand and silt drains well in wet weather, and golfers commute here from up and down the I-5 corridor when other Northwest courses are too soggy to play. The poa annua (annual bluegrass) greens putt well all year, and the winter rye fairways hold up well.
Four sets of tee boxes accommodate golfers with more or less length to their game. This Robert Muir Graves design plays almost 6,700 yards from the longest (blue) tees, with a men’s Course Rating of 71.7 and Slope of 128. Course length from the shortest (red) tee boxes is 5,393 yards, with a ladies’ Course Rating of 70.4 and Slope of 119.
Bob’s Sporting Goods
Full-time Pro Shop employees
Archery Lessons, Seminars
11-lane air conditioned range
Full service repair shop
Offering Hoyt, Mathews, Mission Bows
Parts and Accessories
The Longview Squirrel Fest is the first of its kind on the West Coast and in the Mount St. Helens region! We’re nuts over this one-day festival in honor or our furry friends. Launching the first Longview Squirrel Fest was a dream of a local group, The idea came from the Sandbaggers who helped build and maintains the Nutty Narrows Bridge on the Civic Circle in Longview, they wanted a fun event that would be nutty enough for everyone from age 2 to 102.
The Civic Circle is transformed into an all day venue of fun, games, and music for the whole family to enjoy.
Kids 5 k Run
Go Nutty Squirrel Fest Parade
Kids Games & Activities
Beer & Wine Garden
Main Stage – Musical Entertainment
At Mint Valley you will find one of the finest public golf courses in the state of Washington. The well-bunkered greens, water hazards, and tall trees will test every skill level. This par 71 championship course plays 6,432 yards from the back tees and 5,230 yards from the forward tees. The greens are always fast and in excellent condition. The course also features practice putting and chipping greens as well as a covered driving range. The course is easy to walk, but if you prefer to ride just call ahead and reserve a cart.
Mint Valley also has a six-hole, par 3 course with holes ranging in distance from 50 to 90 yards. This is a great place to fine tune your short game and introduce the game to beginning players.
Mint Valley Golf Course…it’s beautiful, friendly and affordable. Come out and play!
Longview, WA 98632
July 25, 26 & 27 at 7:00 pm
The History of the Rodeo
The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo originated as a PRCA rodeo in 1975 under the direction of rodeo committee members Ron McCoy, Mel Boultinghouse, Cal Christensen, Vern Eaton, Wayne Gossett, Bill Merz, George Moore, Les Nelson, and Jan Searing. The rodeo was originally called The Cowlitz County Fair & Rodeo, but after Mount Saint Helens spewed its fire and thunder upon this area in 1980, committeeman George Moore suggested in 1981 that the rodeo’s name be changed to The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo.
Since 1981, the rodeo has been known by this memorable name, which though was derived from a volcanic eruption, it also aptly denotes the thundering hooves and energy, which this rodeo brings to town.
When the rodeo began in 1975 we used a borrowed, portable arena that was erected just before the Cowlitz County Fair opened, and had to dismantle it after the fair ended. In 1979, we established a permanent arena. Although this arena was a vast improvement over a portable arena, we now have a state of the art arena, which we are proud to state was entirely constructed by committee members. Cowlitz County Fair Grounds 1970’s Our present committee is comprised of 12 committee members, whereas we had 8 committee members when the rodeo originated.
Christensen Brothers was our original stock contractor. Gold Buckle Rodeo Company is our present stock contractor. We began with $300.00 per added event, and now we add $3,000.00 per event, including barrel racing. Since this rodeo’s origination we have consistently drawn top cowboy and cowgirl contestants to the competition. The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo committee believes that the keys to success in having a great rodeo consist of having excellent stock, quality contestants, talented bullfighters, funny clowns, and exciting half-time entertainment. Each year we strive to make the rodeo the most successful rodeo competition we can bring to the Lower Columbia region. We hope that you have the opportunity to experience the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo!
Glide through the sky with an exciting aerial trek on a Zip line
Treehouse Island Zip Line Adventures located in the heart of the Great Northwest, located just 45 miles north of Portland, OR.
Discover the excitement that can only be found playing amongst the branches.
Treehouse Island is a fifty-acre paradise boasting a gorgeous array of Cedar, Ash, Maple and Fir trees for your zipping pleasure.
Enjoy breathtaking nature, abundant recreation and incredible views that you can only find in the Northwest. Treehouse Island… be a kid again!
9745 Spirit Lake Highway
Toutle, WA 98649
Experience the wonder of a volcano from the best vantage point – the air with Mount St. Helens Helicopter Tours!
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.
Mt St Helens Helicopter Tours will Re-Open May 2019.
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.
Toutle, WA 98649
Riverdale Raceway has both MX tracks and a drag strip.
MX – Riverdale Raceway has six outdoor motocross tracks that run year-round. On the west end there is a modern main track, a vintage track, an arena style track, a sand track, and a 50’s track. On the east end across from the drag strip is a big track that is vintage, beginner, and junior friendly.
All levels of riders from kids on 50cc bikes to experienced riders will find our tracks both fun and challenging! We run an open practice without classes so you can get as much ride time as you want.
Since we are a year-round track, we are open every weekend except for extreme weather conditions or if there is an event which uses the whole property. We will post any changes on our Facebook page or website news. We also send out emails. If you would like to receive emails, see our sign-up link.
Practice starts at 9 am and ends at 4 pm. The cost is $30 per rider. Camping is free if you ride, and there is no cost to spectators during practice. Gate fee for races is usually $10 per person. We are CASH ONLY.
If you would like to practice during the week, please call Dan at 360-749-1170.
Spirit Peaks Drift Raceway is a very large industrial lot with a pretty consistent surface. Cones provide a variety of a long straight away bearing into a downward slope left corner with barriers to scrub. The layout consists of about 7 wide corners for some prime tandem opportunities. The venue is quickly growing in popularity and we are very excited to return with the whole team for some more fun!