Mount St. Helens Climbing Permit Self-Registration to begin at Climber’s Bivouac and Marble Mountain Sno-Park

Contact(s): Sue Ripp, Sharon Steriti

October 30, 2014– Effective November 1, 2014, Mount St. Helens climbers will no longer obtain climbing permits at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar, Washington. For climbs beginning November 1 through March 31, climbers will self-register for permits at Climber’s Bivouac and Marble Mountain Sno-Park. Mount St. Helens climbing permits are free of charge but self-registration is required for safety purposes in the event of a missing or injured climber.

Climbing permits are required year-round. They are free to an unlimited number of people climbing from November 1 through March 31. From April 1 until May 14, an unlimited number of climbers can obtain permits for a $22 fee. Beginning May 15 until October 31, a limit of 100 climbers a day can obtain a permit for the $22 fee. This limit helps manage impact on the mountain’s natural regeneration.

Permits help the Monument on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest balance the protection of natural resources with visitor safety while allowing registered climbers to experience this active volcano.

Details about climbing Mount St. Helens are available online at:

Learn about climbing preparation and safety at:

Information about guided climbs and programs offered by the Mount St. Helens Institute is found at:

Mount St. Helens Climbing Information Contact:  Sharon Steriti, 360-449-7849

Mount St. Helens Institute Contact:  Luke Wakefield, 360-449-7883