Sno-Park: Cougar

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Access point for the Kalama Ski Trail, and 81 road snowmobile route. The trail system offers 25 miles of snowmobile trails and 18 kilometers ungroomed ski trails. All trails are multi-use and shared with non-motorized recreationists. Parking for approximately 15 vehicles.
Alert: The climbing route is closed to snowmobile users to improve safety for winter climbers, skiers and snowshoers. Climbing permits required for everyone above 4,800 feet on Mount St. Helens.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No snow expected until late fall/winter, 2021.
  • December 1 through March 31: Washington State Sno-Park Permit required. Not available on-site. Purchase in advance online or from a vendor.
  • No fee or Recreation Pass required. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites on Forest Road 83.
  • Climbing permits required for travel above 4,800 feet. See Permit Information section.
Permit Info:
  • Climbing permits required year-round for everyone traveling above 4,800 ft. on the slopes of Mount St. Helens. 
  • April 1 to Oct. 31:  Purchase in advance on
  • Nov. 1 to March 31:  Permits are self-issued at Marble Mountain Sno-Park kiosk.
Usage: Light
Best Season: Winter
Busiest Season: Winter
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Restrooms at Kalama Horse Camp
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:

General Information


From Cougar, WA drive 9 miles east on Lewis River Road (State Route 503/Forest Road 90) to Forest Road 83. Take Forest Road 83 north to Forest Road 8100 junction.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Winter Sports

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Kalama Ski Trail Map. Washington State Sno-Parks, has additional information.


Mount St. Helens Snowmobile Map, Washington State Sno-Parks has additional information.

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2200' - 2225'


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