Sno-Park: Mount St. Helens

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

For information about recreation areas at Mount St. Helens, please see the monument website at

At a Glance

Fees A valid Washington State Sno-Park Pass is required for each vehicle December 1 to March 31. PLEASE NOTE: Oregon and Idaho Sno-Park Passes are no longer valid as the states ended their reciprocity agreement.
Permit Info: Washington State Sno-Park permits: Sno-Park permits are available to purchase at the Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station and in Vancouver WA at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters, or by mail from Washington State Parks, Winter Recreation Program, 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98504. Learn more at Sno-park permits help pay for snow removal, trail grooming, sanitation facilities, mapping, trail signs, safety education, enforcement and program administration.
Open Season: Dec. 1
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Attn. Snowmobilers, Skiers & Snowshoers: Climbing permits are required for everyone above 4800 feet on Mount St. Helens. Non-motorized corridor along climbing route is closed to snowmobiles. Area north of the volcano are closed to snowmobiles and to off-trail ski and snowshoe travel.
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Compost Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

General Information


From Interstate 5 at Woodland, WA, head eeast on State Route 503/ FR 90 to Cougar, WA. Sno-Parks are alomg Forest Road 83.


This site is in a remote forest setting. The parking area is flat, but terrain will be difficult, especially in winter.

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