2015 climbing permits are now on sale!
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Both summer (Climber’s Bivouac) and winter (Marble Mountain Sno-Park) routes are open for climbing.
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All climbers must register and obtain a climbing permit, no matter the time of year.
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 the “SEARCH NOW” button. 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.
If you have never climbed Mount St. Helens before, consider joining the Mount St. Helens Institute on a Guided Climb!
The total permit fee of $22 includes a $5 service charge which goes towards MSHI’s Mountain Stewards Volunteer Program to help maintain and protect the climbing routes.
The Mount St. Helens Institute offers guided climbs for those who wish to explore the mountain with experienced guides in a group setting. Read more about our Guided Climbs. For those who want an EXCLUSIVE experience, we recommend our Crater Glacier View Climb climbs.
WHAT IF PERMITS ARE SOLD OUT ON THE DAY I WANT TO CLIMB?
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 a copy of the confirmation receipt to the recipient along with a written statement or email that the recipient is allowed to use the Purchasers permit(s).
Mount St. Helens is not merely a mountain—it is an active volcano. Nor is it merely a “hike”. You need to be prepared for extreme weather, possible ash fall, and other hazards. Read about how to prepare for your climb.
CURRENT CONDITIONS ON MOUNT ST HELENS
See the U.S. Forest Service Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument website for more information and the most current climbing condition updates. AVALANCHE: Visit the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center for the most up to date avalanche forecast information. WEATHER: visit weather.gov and clcik on map for point forecasts at locations around Mount St. Helens. Here’s a link to a point forecast for 6200 ft on the cone of the volcano.
CLIMBING AN ACTIVE VOLCANO
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.