Mount St. Helens Climbing Permits

ALERT: 3/23/2020: Due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest has suspended the sales of climbing permits for the month of April 2020 and all reservations  from April 1-6, 2020 have been cancelled and full refunds are being issued. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. 

Everyone must have a climbing permit to be above the Loowit Trail on Mount St. Helens. Un-needed permits may be refunded up to 14 days before your climb and put back into the permit system for re-sale, so check Recreation.gov throughout the season for newly available permits. Read more below!

Purchasing Climbing Permits for Mount St. Helens

Managing your Permit Reservation

On the Mountain

Other Climbing Information

Mount St. Helens summit

 

Mount St. Helens Climbing Permit Seasons

April 01- May 14 Climbing Season

  • A permit is required.
  • A permit fee is charged.
  • Climbing use is limited to 500 persons a day.
  • Advance purchase online is required.
  • Snowmobile use is allowed above 4800 feet with a permit provided that it is outside the designated non-motorized corridor (see non-motorized corridor map).

May 15- October 31 Climbing Season

  • A permit is required.
  • A permit fee is charged.
  • Climbing use is restricted to 100 daily permit holders.
  • Advance purchase online is required.
  • Snowmobile use is not allowed above 4800 feet.

November 01- March 31 Climbing Season

  • A permit is required.
  • A permit fee is not charged.
  • Climbing use is unrestricted.
  • Online registration is not required.
  • You must self-register at Marble Mtn Sno-Park (open all winter) or at the Climber's Register at Climbers Bivouac (usually closed Dec- May for winter).
  • Snowmobile use is allowed above 4800 feet with a permit provided that it is outside the designated non-motorized corridor (see non-motorized corridor map).




https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fseprd528670