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 gated at mile marker 45, just past Coldwater Lake and the Hummocks Trail.
  • Forest Road 83 gated just past Marble Mountain Sno-Park.
  • Forest Road 830 to Climber's Bivouac closed. 
  • Forest Road 81 open but impassible due to snow.
  • Forest Road 99 to Windy Ridge gated just past Wakepish Sno-Park.
  • Forest Road 25 impassible due to snow. 
Operational Hours:
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory 2020 opening delayed due to the Covid 19 "Stay Home-Stay Heatlth" Executive Order. Highway 504 remains gated just past Coldwater Lake and the Hummocks Trail. Be aware the last gas stations on Highway 504 are in Toutle, WA and on Highway 505, are in Toledo, WA.
  • Coldwater Science & Learning Center closed until further notice due to the Covid 19 health and safety measures.
  • Ape Headquarters closed. Ape Cave temporarily closed.
  • Pine Creek Info Station closed until summer 2020.
  • 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.
  • 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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