Experience Mt. St. Helens By Air

Our Mt St. Helens tours take you on a journey to one of nature’s most powerful creations. Nearly four decades after the eruption, learn how the past devastation still affects the local area today.

Experience volcanic wonders from the very best vantage point – the air!

Our Mt St. Helens tours take you on a journey to one of nature’s most powerful creations. Nearly four decades after the eruption, learn how the past devastation still affects the local area today.

Hillsboro Aviation Mt. St. Helens Tours


Experience Mt. St. Helens By Air

Our Mt St. Helens tours take you on a journey to one of nature’s most powerful creations. Nearly four decades after the eruption, learn how the past devastation still affects the local area today.

We’ve been operating Mt St. Helens tours for over 25 years and are the most experienced tour operator on the mountain. Our Bell JetRanger, widely considered the most reliable helicopter in the industry, can accommodate four people in addition to the pilot. Our pilots have extensive experience flying tours and performing U.S. government survey work on the mountain. They’ll share their insider knowledge of the area by providing a narrative with geographic and cultural context throughout your tour.

Helicopter Tours will re-open in May 2020

Our Tour Details

Our 2020 season will re-open in May through early-September (or later, weather depending), departing every thirty minutes from our helipad at North Fork Survivors, just off Spirit Lake Highway. Our two tour options, the Crater Tour and the Summit Tour, include a variety of highlights such as the Toutle River Valley, Elk Rock, Castle Lake, Johnston Ridge, Spirit Lake, Loowit Glacier, and the mountain’s new lava dome. This dome emits white steam, signaling that Mt St. Helens is still a very active volcano. On clear days, you’ll also see spectacular views of Mt Rainier in the north and Mt Adams in the east framing an eruption zone that stretches for over 15 miles.

Book your tour today through our online reservation system or contact us via phone at 503.648.2831 or by email at charter@hillsboroaviation.com.


Experience volcanic wonders from the very best vantage point – the air!

Hillsboro Aviation Media

Soar over breathtaking scenery as you trace the Toutle River Valley. Marvel at the moon-like plains of pyroclastic ash at the foothills of Mt St. Helens before descending into the crater itself. See Elk Rock, Castle Lake, Coldwater Lake, and Hummocks Fields. Mount Rainier and Mount Adams create a spectacular panorama over Spirit Lake, framing the devastated area around this magnificently powerful mountain.

Natural Marvel

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.

Majestic Tour

A majestic beauty with an eruptive history, Mt St. Helens is one of our region's more breathtaking wonders. This tour takes you through sweeping panoramas, unparalleled vantages, and a descent into the crater itself.

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