Hiking is available throughout
the Mount St. Helens area.
Monument passes, the same as
required for the visitor centers,
are necessary. A special hiking
permit to go to the top of the
crater is available on a limited
There are hikes that take less
than an hour, as well as multi-day
hikes. Awesome views of the
crater, Spirit Lake, Mount Adams
and Mount Margaret, are all all
available. Keep in mind when
hiking, always be prepared for
sudden changes in weather.
Mount St. Helens Area Trail MAP
Mt. St Helens Trail Descriptions
MountStHelens.com Information Resource Guide
How hard is the
Mothers day a
crazy tradition is
followed with many
Volcano in dresses
- Guys and Gal's
alike. This photo is
from the 2010 climb.
May 15th. Limit of
100/day after May
|Ten Essential all
Climbers should Carry -
recommended by the
- Climbing Helmet or Hard Hat -
Protect your head in the event
of volcanic ballistics or rock fall.
(very few do, but a good idea)
- Dust Mask (N95 type) - Cover
your mouth and nose in the
event of ashfall or blowing dust.
- Goggles or Sunglasses with
Side Shields ( Oakleys are fine!)
- Sunscreen - The Sun
reflecting off of snow and ash is
intense. Avoid contact lenses,
as blowing ash and dust can be
- Hat, & Climbing Boots -
Sturdy, comfortable hiking
boots and gaiters to keep out
snow and ash.
- Map, Compass, Route Markers
- Use them to know where you
are and where you are going.
Be sure to tell someone at
home of your plans.
- First Aid Kit - You may need to
come to your own rescue, or
help someone else. Be
- Knife - Handy for all kinds of
purposes, especially the type
with extra tools.
- Extra Food and Water - Bring
at least two quarts of water per
person. No water is available at
Climbers Bivouac or on the
climbing route. Carry plenty of
food to snack on all day.
Reduce packaging to eliminate
- Extra Clothing - A beautiful
sunny morning can turn into a
cold rainy afternoon.
- Emergency Shelter - Yes, you
planned to be out on one very
- Flashlight, extra batteries, and
bulb - A necessity when the day
is short and the trail is long.
Climbing Mount St. Helens: The ONLY Climbing Route is from the south
side off Hwy 503 past Cougar and the Ape Caves.
November 1 thru March 31, climbing permits are free of charge and are self
issue at the Climbing Registers located outside at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar
WA and at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park. All persons traveling above 4800 ft
are required to have a climbing permit.
April 1st through October 31st, Climbing Fees are in effect. Permits are $22.00
per person. Climbing Permits are available in advance on-line only.
May 15 though October 31st, a climbing quota is in effect with a limit of 100
climbers per day.
Climbing Permits click to go to the MSH Institute Online Climbing
Permit Page. Pick up permits at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, WA
on hwy 503. PERMITS GO ON SALE FEB. 1ST, at 9 AM - Weekends
Sell Out Quickly - If you want to climb on a holiday weekend get
your permit that first morning.
To trade or exchange your permit goto the Cascade Climbers
exchange forum ( price is restricted to the $22 permit fee )
Climbing Conditions - Road Access Conditions