Forest Road 99

Area Status: Closed
View of volcano from 99

This 16-mile, winding road leads you from forests into the heart of the blast zone. Ten interpretive sites provide views of the volcano and interpretive information. The final site, Windy Ridge Viewpoint, offers a sweeping vista of the crater, Spirit Lake and landscape blasted by the 1980 eruption.

This drive is extremely popular, so expect visitors. The road is difficult to maintain, so repairs and gravel stretches are common. Elevation is between 3,500 and 4,000 feet.  See Mount St. Helens Map.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/01/2021: Forest Road 99 is closed for the season.
Fees: $5/vehicle/day or a valid Recreation Pass required at most recreation sites. Fee tubes for payment on-site at Bear Meadow, Meta Lake or Windy Ridge. See Mount St. Helens Map.
Permit Info: Washington State Sno-Park Permit required to park at Wakepish Sno-Park  Dec. 1 through March 31. Not available on-site. Purchase online or from a vendor.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: No overnight camping on Forest Road 99 within the National Volcanic Monument.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA, Cougar, WA
Passes: Amercia the Beautiful or Northwest Forest passes accepted except in winter at Wakepish Sno-Park. (see Permit Information section)
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Viewing Scenery

Forest Road 99 accesses the most popular recreation and interpretive sites on the Monument and Forest.

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