Mt. St. Helens East Side: Forest Roads 25 & 99

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pinchot National Forest Roads 25 and 99 provide access to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument's vast blown down forest and views of the legendary Spirit Lake. These forest roads are typically open from mid-July until snow blocks the roads.

Make sure to gain some knowledge with beautiful views at all the different Interpretive Sites (Links and locations are on the map below) along Forest Road 99:

Other great opportunities include mountain biking, hiking and/or picnicking at Smith Creek and journeying into the Mount Margaret Backcountry via the Norway Pass Trail.

Bottled water and trail mix are available at Cascade Peaks Visitor Center. Lodging, gas and other services are offered in nearby communities. Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, East of the Monument, is open to visitors daily during the summer season.

Accessible Adventures Video

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 4/19/2019: Forest Roads 25 is gated for the winter at the 25/99 junction on the north side and 4 miles north of the 25/90 junction on the south. Forest Road 99 gated at Wakepish Sno-Park.
Operational Hours: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters is open Monday- Friday 8:00 to 4:00.
Fees Some sites require a Recreation Pass.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Travel is allowed on approved trails only. Off-trail travel, dogs, livestock, fires, bicycles, and camping are prohibited to protect sensitive natural features and scientific studies.  Research permits are required for off-trail travel.
Closest Towns: Randle,WA; Cougar, WA
Water: Norway Pass Trailhead
Restroom: Various Locations
Passes: A Recreation Pass is required.
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters and Visitor Centers

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Show detail SHOW


Hide detail HIDE

Horse Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW

Nature Viewing

Show detail SHOW

OHV Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW

Outdoor Learning

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Scenic Driving

Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities



  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 


Bat with White Nose

Help Protect Bats!