Mount St. Helens South: Forest Roads 83 & 81

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Volcano view from Lahar Viewpoint

Forest Road 83: This nine-mile, paved road passes through forests, over 2,000 year-old lava flows and across a mudflow created during the 1980 eruption.

From Forest Road 8303, a spur road, visit Trail of Two Forests Interpretive Site or Ape Cave. Continuing driving on 83 to access June Lake Trail, Lahar Viewpoint (the only clear view of the mountain’s south side from the road), Ape Canyon Trail and Lava Canyon Interpretive Site. See Mount St. Helens Map.

Forest Road 81: This mostly paved but several miles of gravel, rough road transports you through less traveled parts of the Monument. Spur Road 830 ends at Climber’s Bivouac Trailhead, the start of the summer climbing route. The road winds west to Red Rock Pass, Blue Lake Trailhead, and Kalama Horse Camp Campground, eventually connecting back with Highway 503.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/07/2021:
  • Forest Road 83 open. No parking allowed on the road.
  • Forest Road 81 open, but very rough. Drive with caution.
  • Forest Road 830 to Climber's Bivouac is gated normally until mid-June to the beginning of July, depending on when the road melts out.
  • Forest Road 8303 to Ape Cave and beyond is open. Ape Cave requires new timed tickets available on Recreation.gov.
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Permit Info:
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer - Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions:
  • Climbing Permits are by advance reservation only from April 1st thru October 31st. A climbing quota is in effect of 110 climbers per day May 15th thru October 31st.
  • No parking allowed on Forest Road 83.
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Ape Cave,Lava Canyon and Climbers Bivouac
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  Latitude : 
46.0840

  Longitude : 
-122.0177

 

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