Happy climbers at the summit rim, July 7

Photo by Moses Jouwsma

August 8, 2018 update

Sunrise: 6:01 am

Sunset: 8:29 pm

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 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 open. The trail, boulder field, and higher ridges are all melted and free of snow, though some snow persists in the gullies to either side of the ridges at higher elevations. Be prepared for high winds that bring varying amounts of precipitation. The summit is free of snow, though rockfall or slipping into the crater is a hazard to be aware of. Ice axes and microspikes or crampons are no longer necessary, and glissading is no loner possible. Extreme heat and smoke from fires pose additional health risks and should be taken into account when planning your trip. Leaving earlier, bringing additional water, and wearing a bandana around your nose and mouth are good techniques to help combat some symptoms related to heat exhaustion or smoke pollution.

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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