July 26th, 2021
Sunrise: 5:47 am
Sunset: 8:48 pm
The road to Climber's Bivouac is open! Climbers can depart from Climbers Bivouac; parking pass required. Climbers can also depart from Marble Mountain Sno-Park (winter route); sno park pass currently not required.
Climbing permits are required year-round. From April 1 - October 31, permits must be purchased online in advance through recration.gov. Visitor our permits page for more information. From November 1 - March 31 permits are free, unlimited, and self-issue at the trailhead.
There is dispersed camping and pit toilets available at the trailheads, but no running water, and bathroom services may be limited so please bring your own toilet paper, soap, water, or hand sanitizer. Please plan accordingly.
Road 83 to Climbers Bivouac is open with significant washboard. A parking pass is required.
Trailhead - Monitor Ridge: Summer climbing conditions. Route is snow free and dusty. Rim: The cornice is lower than the rim. The true summit is 1/4 mi west of where the route tops out.
Route finding: Do not just follow the "fall-line" on your descent ("fall line" is if you were to roll a ball down the hill, it would travel with gravity and that would take you off-route). Route finding may be challenging, especially in dense cloud or fog; be sure to know the route and carry navigation equipment.
Glissading: Glissade trails are largely melted out. One glissade trail remains but is ash-covered and slow.
Forecast: Summit temps in the 40s and 50s day, sunny.
Gear: No snow gear (ice axes, micro-spikes) needed. Sun protection and lots of water are essential.
Leave No Trace: Climbers are required to utilize blue bags to pack out all human or pet waste, including toilet paper.
Conditions are highly variable. Please check the forecast as conditions can change rapidly.
Photos courtesy of Andy Goodwin & Douglas Bridewell
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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, or Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Visit Washington Smoke Information, Washington's Air Monitoring Network and AirNow for the latest in Air Quality and forecasting.
WEATHER: Weather.gov point forecasts- Marble Mountain SnoPark (2,700ft) and mid-slope (6,200ft). Mountain-Forecast.com 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.
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.