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:
  • State Route 504 open to Johnston Ridge Observatory, but the Observatory remains closed. Plaza area and trails open.
  • Forest Road 83 open.
  • Forest Road 830 to Climber's Bivouac open. 
  • Forest Road 81 open.
  • Forest Road 99 to Windy Ridge open.
  • Forest Roads 25 and 26 open.
Operational Hours:
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory 2020 opening delayed due to the Covid 19 "Stay Home-Stay Heatlth" Executive Order. Plaza area around the building open.
  • Coldwater Science & Learning Center foyer only open 10 am to 5 pm, seven days a week.  In the foyer, sales items will be available. Rest of building remains closed. Parking lot gate closes at 5:30.
  • Ape Headquarters closed. Ape Cave temporarily closed.
  • Pine Creek Info Station open Thursday through Monday, 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Cascade Peaks Information Station (Forest Road 99) closed.
  • Mount St. Helens Monument Administrative Headquarters in Amboy, WA closed until further notice due to the Covid 19 health and safety measures.
Permit Info:
  • Washington State Sno-Park Permits required at Trail of Two Forests, Cougar and Marble Mountain Sno-Park  Dec. 1 through March 31. Permits are NOT available on-site. Purchase on-line or find a vendor.
  • Climbing Mount St. Helens requires a permit.
  • Camping in the Mount Margaret Backcountry requires a permit.
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  • America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Passes accepted.
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory accepts America the Beautiful Passes. ANNUAL Northwest Forest Pass will admit one adult.
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