Seaquest State Park

A pedestrian tunnel connects lush, forested Seaquest State Park with its more well-known neighbor across the road, the Silver Lake Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. The park makes a topnotch base for an exploration of the famous Washington volcano. 

The visitor center is a destination unto itself. Ranger talks, documentary film showings, naturalist-led hikes and interpretive exhibits bring to life the mountain’s geology and history. It’s a tour through time, from prehistory to the earth-altering 1980 explosion and the area’s recovery. 
Unwind from touring by strolling through Seaquest, where dappled sunlight streams through secondary old-growth trees. Hiking and biking trails abound, and a children’s playground features a human-made sand dune that will keep kids occupied for hours. A trail and boardwalk around the wetlands of Silver Lake offer birding and volcano views. 

If you’re headed to the U.S. Forest Service’s Johnston’s Observatory, Harry’s Ridge or Spirit Lake farther east, this state park will leave you with a deep appreciation for the resilience of nature – and a new context for what you will see as you travel closer to the mountain. 

Park Features


Seaquest is a 475-acre, year-round camping park across the Spirit Lake Highway from the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. Seasonal fishing, boating and swimming are available nearby. 

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps
ADA Amenities/Facilities
  • Campground
  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail
Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
There is one reservable kitchen shelter with electricity. The park also has 108 unsheltered picnic tables. Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).

Activities
Trails
  • 7 miles of hiking trails
  • 1 mile of ADA-accessible hiking trails
Other Activities
  • Amphitheater
  • Bird watching
  • Children's play areas (2)
  • Horseshoe pits (6)
  • Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
  • Volleyball field
Interpretive Opportunities
 
Mount St. Helens Programs
The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center is located across the road from the park entrance. It was incorporated into the state park system in October 2000. The center focuses on information about the volcano and features a first-rate exhibition hall. Formal programs last approximately 15-20 minutes and introduce visitors to the ecology, history, native American culture as well as the 1980 eruption sequence of Mount St. Helens; the most active volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join.

Spring Schedule - Friday- Sunday    Programs at 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:00pm.
Summer Schedule - Friday - Sunday   10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm. 
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday      10:30am and 12:30pm
                *Join us in the lower viewing area beside our visitor center
 

Wetland Guided Hikes

 
These hikes last approximately 35-40 minutes, and introduce visitors to the wetland ecosystem of Silver Lake, created from a Mount St. Helens eruption thousands of years ago. Join rangers as you discover the flora and fauna of this unique habitat. Bird sightings and mountain views are anticipated. This walk takes place along a flat boardwalk and gravel trail, and visitors meander at an easy pace. 
 
Spring Schedule - Friday- Sunday 2:00 PM 
Summer Schedule - Friday - Sunday 2:00 PM 
*Meet in front of the visitor center.
 

Junior Ranger Evening Programs  

 

 
Join us at the amphitheater 7:00 PM Saturday and Sunday Evenings, June through August.
These family friendly evening programs are geared towards kids of all ages, and last approximately 45 minutes. Rangers will offer a brief educational lesson on the flora/fauna of the Mount St. Helens area and provide an interactive accompanying craft or activity. Topics will vary throughout the summer.