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

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Gifford 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 November.

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.

Lodging, gas and other services are offered in nearby communities. Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, in Randle, WA, open to visitors daily during the summer season.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: All roads are snowfree. Forest Road 26 is rough.
Fees $5/vehicle/day at most developed recreation sites, or a valid Recreation Pass. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions:
  • No camping on Forest Road 99 within the National Volcanic Monument.
  • 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:

America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Pass accepted.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.3243

  Longitude : 
-121.9730

 



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