First snowfall of autumn, taken on Monitor Ridge.

Photo by Andy Goodwin

September 22, 2017 update

Sunrise: 6:57am

Sunset: 7:06pm

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.

Winter is right around the corner, and on the mountain it has already arrived! Patches of snow exist right from the parking lot, and on the lava flow leading up to the boulder fields there is 1-2 feet of snow, depending on exposure. Snow can obscure rocks and holes, so be aware of post-holing danger, especially among the boulders. Drifts can move piles of snow that range in depth from 4" to 4 feet. Upcoming forecast for clear skies and sun this weekend will alter the snow conditions dramatically, though rocks will continue to be slick.

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.

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).