Happy climbers and skiers at the summit rim, April 23

Photo by Ron Benton

June 19, 2018 update

Sunrise: 5:17 am

Sunset: 9:04 pm

The road to Climber's Bivouac will be OPEN by Wednesday afternoon. The summer climbing route (Monitor Ridge) out of Climber's Bivouac is the preferred climbing route for summer and fall. A parking pass (America the Beautiful, Northwest Forest Pass) are required to park/camp at the Climber's Bivouac. Day use passes may be purchased at the trailhead for $5 cash. There are pit toilets available, but no running water. Please plan accordingly.

The road to Climber's Bivouac is free of snow and will be open by Wednesday afternoon. Ridges are melted out up to 7,000 ft, with snow remaining in the gullies. Icy conditions may exist at higher elevations, crampons or microspikes are recommended for traction. Be prepared for high winds that bring varying amounts of precipitation. The summit does have a cornice  overhanging, please stay back from the edge of the snow and remain instead on the rocks. A rock outcropping about 300 ft to the east (climber's right) of where the route tops out provides a view into the crater. Beware of post-holing through snow bridges on the way down, when snow becomes soft in the afternoon. With the warmer weather, glissade chutes are exposing rocks and holes. Always scout chutes for rocks, holes, and any drop offs you cannot see before descending via glissade, and have a map and compass or GPS and know how to identify your way back to the correct trailhead, as the glissade chutes follow gravity and not necessarily to correct descent route.

Please check the forecast as weather conditions as mountain conditions can change rapidly.

This conditions report is provided in conjunction with the US Forest Service, and is intended for personal and recreational purposes only.  Safe backcountry travel requires preparation and planning, and this information may be used for planning purposes but does not provide all the information necessary for backcountry travel.  Advanced mountaineering education is strongly encouraged for winter climbing.  

The user acknowledges that it is impossible to accurately predict natural events in every instance, and the accuracy or reliability of the information provided here is not guaranteed in any way. This report describes general conditions and local variations will always occur. This report expires 24 hours after the posted time unless noted otherwise.

See the U.S. Forest Service Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument website for more information.

FIRE: Incident Information System has the most up to date info on all fires (prescribed or wild) around the country. Visit Washington Smoke Information and AirNow for the latest in Air Quality and forecasting. 

WEATHER: point forecasts- Marble Mountain SnoPark (2,700ft) and mid-slope (6,200ft) provides forecasts at three different elevations: summit 8,328ft, mid-slope 6,500ft and just above the trailhead 3,200ft.

AVALANCHE: Visit the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center for the most up-to-date avalanche forecast information during winter months.

SNOWPACK: Visit these SNOTEL sites for recent snow pack readings on the south side of Mount St. Helens- June Lake (3,400ft) and Swift Creek (4,400ft).


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