Mount Margaret Backcountry


Printable Mount Margaret Backcountry General Trails Map.

Printable Mount Margaret Backcountry General Trails Map.

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of Snow Lake

Hikers may explore trails that lead to the sapphire lakes, pinnacle studded ridges and flowered mountain slopes of the Mount Margaret Backcountry. Visitors to this rugged and spectacular portion of the Monument can see effects of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. The lateral blast, a hot stone filled wind, shattered trees and swirled around peaks and basins as it toppled thousands of acres of pristine forest.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 03/23/2015: Open
Reservations: Starting spring 2015, Permit reservations can be made on line only through the Internet at or by TOLL FREE telephone (1-877-444-6777) or TDD (1-877-TDD-6777).
Fees There is a non refundable $6.00 reservation fee.
Permit Info: A Mount Margaret Backcountry Permit is required for camping in the Mount Margaret Backcounty. Reservations can be made only through the Internet at or by TOLL FREE telephone (1-877-444-6777) or TDD (1-877-TDD-6777). Click here for more information about the New MMBC Reservation Permit Reservation System.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: To protect natural features, pets and pack stock are prohibited in the Mount Margaret Backcountry. Fires are not allowed, plan to use a camp stove for cooking.Camping is limited to designated campgrounds only. Maximum group size for camping is four people. Dispersed Camping is authorized North of the Green River without a permit.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA - Toutle, WA
Water: Yes, Norway Pass TH
Restroom: Norway Pass TH
Passes: A Northwest Forest Pass is required @ Designated Parking Lot Fee Sites
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters and Visitor Centers   See also:  Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument 

General Information


Visitors can access the Mount Margaret Backcountry on the northside from State Route 504 at the Coldwater Lake Boat Launch, South Coldwater Trail #230A or the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Visitors can also access the MMBC on the eastside at the Norway Pass Trail Head located on Forest Road 26.

General Notes:

 When planning your visit please note that portions of the Mount Margaret Backcountry are often snow covered until midsummer. Be prepared to cross snow covereed slopes if you plan an early season visit.



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