Mount St. Helens area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Visit Mount St. Helens from any direction! View a map: Mount St. Helens area. (.pdf)

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 is open to Johnston Ridge.
  • Forest Road 83 open.
  • Forest Road 830 to Climber's Bivouac gated, normally until sometime towards the end of June/beginning of July.
  • Forest Road 81 open.
  • Forest Road 25 is open.
  • Forest Road 99 to Windy Ridge gated just past Wakepish Sno-Park, normally opening around the end of June/beginning of July.
  • Forest Roads 26 gated at the 2612 junction.
Operational Hours:
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed with an opening date yet to be announced. State Route 504 is open to Johnston Ridge.
  • Coldwater Science & Learning Center closed until further notice.
  • Ape Cave open, with a new, timed reservation system. Tickets can be purchased on
  • Pine Creek Info Station open Thursday-Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.
  • 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:
Information Center:

General Information

General Notes:

Mount St. Helens Vicinity Map (.pdf)

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



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