Rockslide below the crater rim with Mount Adams behind.

Photo by Andy Goodwin

August 10, 2017 update

Sunrise: 6:03am

Sunset: 8:25pm

The road to Climber's Bivouac is OPEN. The summer climbing route (Monitor Ridge) out of Climber's Bivouac is the preferred climbing route for summer. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at Climber's Bivouac and can be purchased online, at local vendors or Forest Service office, or with cash/check at the parking lot (daily permit only, no annual available at parking lot). Dispersed camping is available around the parking lot and along the gravel road leading up to the Bivouac. There are pit toilets available, but no running water or trash service. Please plan accordingly.

From the trailhead (3,700 ft) to Kiwi Camp (4,800 ft) the wildflowers are in full bloom!  Above treeline, climbers can travel on the melted out Monitor Ridge through the boulders. During the summer heat, the route gets especially dusty and dry. Bring plenty of water (4+ liters), and a bandana or mask to cover your face to protect yourself from the windblown ash. As snow has melted significantly in the previous week, climbers are no longer needing to carry ice axes or traction footwear. 

Please check the forecast as weather conditions are very variable at this time of year. Be prepared for cold, wet, winter conditions by having appropriate winter climbing gear and strong winter navigational/orienteering/mountaineering skills.

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.  

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.

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.

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).