Trail #216A Ptarmigan
This trail climbs steadily, passing through forest and small meadows. Views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Yale Reservoir present themselves along the southern horizon. Provides main access to Monitor Ridge Climbing Route and Loowit Trail #216.
The junction with Loowit Trail #216 is reached in 2 miles. A basin below Monitor Ridge marks the end of the Ptarmigan Trail and a good lunch spot with views to the south. Beyond this point is the Monitor Ridge Climbing route, which requires a climbing permit.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||11/21/2023: Climbers Bivouac is open. Winter closure begins December 1st or with significant snowfall.|
|Operational Hours:||Climber's Bivouac Trailhead normally accessible June through November.|
|Fees:||$5/vehicle/day or valid Recreation Pass required at Climber's Bivouac Trailhead. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.|
|Closest Towns:||Cougar, WA|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|