Climbing Permits

2016 Climbing Permits are now available for purchase. 

Click HERE to search for available dates.

If you are unable to access the permit search page using the link above, try opening the link in a different web browser.  We are in the process of resolving issues on our permit website.  We thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. 

At 8,328 feet high (as measured by USGS in 2009), Mount St. Helens offers climbers a breathtaking view from the crater rim. Although it is not a technical climb, it is strenuous and hazardous due to ice, large boulders, loose pumice, fast-changing weather and volcanism. Climbers should be in very good physical condition, well equipped, informed about volcanic hazards, and have plenty of water and food.

The Mount St. Helens Institute has partnered with the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to help protect the volcano’s fragile features and to ensure climbers have a safe, low-impact experience on the volcano.

Before climbing Mount St. Helens, please read climbing rules, road and trail conditions, and other important information from the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

WHO DO I CALL IF I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH MY TRANSACTION?

For transaction-related questions i.e. credit card issues, didn’t receive purchase confirmation email, etc, call Kinsail/Accela @ (703) 994-4194. For permit, climbing and other related questions, call the Mount St. Helens Institute @ (360) 449-7883

WHEN PERMITS ARE SOLD OUT FOR YOUR PREFERRED DATE(S): WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

If the date you want to climb has no more available permits OR if you have purchased a climbing permit and no longer are able to climb on that date, please visit purmit.com to search for permits for sale or to offer your climbing permit(s) for sale. To transfer ownership of a permit, the owner must give/email the confirmation receipt as well as the permits to the recipient along with a written statement or email that the recipient is allowed to use the purchaser’s permit(s).

WHO NEEDS A CLIMBING PERMIT AND WHEN?

You must now print your permits, fill in climbers name on each permit, and bring them with you to the trail head the day of your climb. 

If you are climbing between November 1st - March 31st, you must self register at either Climbers Bivouac or Marble Mountain Sno-Park’s climber registers. There is no fee for permits during this period.

If you are climbing between April 1st - October 31st, you must purchase your permit by clicking here. Permits are $22.00. Permits are limited to 500/day from April 1st - May 14th, and 100/day from May 15th - October 31st. You are also required to self-register at either Climbers Bivouac or Marble Mountain Sno-Park’s climber registers.

A Washington State Sno-Park pass is required for climbs beginning at Marble Mountain Sno-Park from December 1st through April 30th and a Northwest Forest Day Pass is required for climbs beginning at Climbers Bivouac year-round.

More questions about permits or climbing Mount St. Helens?

Check our FAQ page, email us at climb@mshinstitute.org or call us at 360-449-7883.