Updated May 15, 2020 9:20 AM
North Side/504 Corridor
The Mount St. Helens Climbing Permits will resume Friday, May 15th to allow climbing for those who had previously reserved permits. Not all services, such as restrooms, may be available at the trailhead--please come prepared for your visit, and pack out all your garbage with you. While parked at the site, leave a copy of your permit on your vehicle's dashboard as verification of your permit, as other Forest Service sites in the surrounding area may still be closed at the time of your climb. Practice social distancing at the trailhead and along the climbing route—do not congregate at the summit of the mountain or in the parking lot. Do not take unnecessary risks to prevent stressing rural emergency services during the COVID-19 outbreak, and know your personal limits. Please check the Gifford Pinchot website for the most up-to-date information.
Yes, but only for the night before your climb. Campers must provide proof of their climbing permit and leave a copy visible on the dashboard of their car overnight and during their climb. Staying for two or more nights is not permitted.
While trailheads and developed recreation sites will start to reopen, campgrounds and visitor centers are likely to stay closed. We’ll assess which developed recreation sites make sense to open first and then work methodically through phases to continue opening sites, areas and facilities as it makes sense and aligns with local, state and federal policies.
Reopening of Forest Service campgrounds is not being considered for this stage of the phased reopening.
Closure decisions regarding permittee managed sites were made by the individual permittees. Permittees will make the decision whether to reopen in accordance with their own review and state guidance for their industry. All permittees must adhere to federal, state, and local laws.
Getting outside is as important as ever for our mental health, and we want you to feel prepared and safe as you hit the trail. Here are some recommendations to protect you and other hikers during this time. Please see the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Alerts & Notices page for closure updates.