Mount St. Helens area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Visit Mount St. Helens from any direction!

Mount St. Helens from Hwy 504

Mount St. Helens West Side

From I-5, drive into the heart of the blast zone. Spectacular crater views, visitor centers, picnic areas and hikes await. Most of the road is plowed in winter.

Mount St. Helens from Forest Road 99

Mount St. Helens East Side

This summer and fall route offers views of the crater and Spirit Lake, interpretive sites, and easy or rugged hiking. Join an interpretive talk at Windy Ridge Viewpoint in summer.

Mount St. Helens South Side

Mount St. Helens South Side

Lava flows, waterfalls, caves, and lush forest abound. Plenty of year-round recreation options.

 Mt. Margaret Backcountry

Mt. Margaret Backcountry

Rugged, steep trails and amazing landscapes typify the Mt. Margaret Backcountry. Permits required for overnight camping.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 02/18/2021: Be prepared for winter weather, snow and ice on all roads.
  • State Route 504 is gated for the winter at mile marker 45, just past Coldwater Lake and the Hummocks Trail.
  • Forest Road 83 gated for the winter just past Marble Mountain Sno-Park.
  • Forest Road 830 to Climber's Bivouac closed for the winter.
  • Forest Road 81 gated for the winter on the east just past Cougar Sno-Park, and on the west side just past Kalama Horse Camp.
  • Forest Road 99 to Windy Ridge gated for the winter just past Wakepish Sno-Park.
  • Forest Roads 26 gated for the winter at the 2612 junction.
Operational Hours:
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed for the winter season. Will reopen in May, 2021. State Route 504 is closed at mile marker 45, just past Coldwater Lake and the Hummocks Trail for the winter.
  • Coldwater Science & Learning Center possibly open weekends starting Jan.2, 2021. Stay tuned for updates.
  • Ape Headquarters closed. Ape Cave temporarily closed.
  • Pine Creek Info Station closed for the 2020 season. Should reopen in summer, 2021.
  • Cascade Peaks Information Station (Forest Road 99) closed.
  • Mount St. Helens Monument Administrative Headquarters remains closed to the public. For information, call 360 690-5231.
Permit Info:
  • America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Passes accepted at most recreation sites.
Information Center:

General Information

General Notes:

Mount S. Helens Overview Map (.pdf)

A small section of Mount St Helens recreation map showing 2 restrictions zones on the mountain.



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