How to Buy Your Permit
BUY IT IN ADVANCE
From April 1 through October 31, you must buy a permit in advance through this website and print out the emailed receipt.* Don’t wait until the day of your climb to buy your permit. Peak-season permits for 2013 are available starting February 1st. Permits for popular summer weekends sell quickly. All permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
The total fee of $22 includes a $7 service charge- $5 of which supports the MSHI Mountain Stewards volunteer program to maintain and protect the climb route, and a $2 cart fee.
*Please check your junk-mail folder for the emailed receipt.
The MSHI online vendor is a secure site that accepts all major credit and debit cards. Climbers are emailed a confirmation receipt at the time of their purchase. You must have this confirmation receipt to obtain your actual permit at the Climber’s Register at the Lone Fir Resort during the resort’s business hours. The Lone Fir Resort is located at 16806 Lewis River Road (also known as State Route 503), Cougar WA. Call (360) 238-5210 or visit the resort’s website to check its hours of operations. Group leaders must pick up all of their group’s permits. All climbers must read and sign their permits and abide by permit rules.
WHAT IF YOU CAN’T USE YOUR PERMIT?
During peak season, climbers can legally transfer their permit for the exact price ($22) they paid for it. Climbers wishing to sell or buy transferred permits can do so at http://purmit.com/. If you transfer your permit to someone else, please provide that person with a copy of your receipt and a written note indicating your wish to transfer the permit.
If climbing is suspended by the Forest Service (due to volcanic hazards or other emergencies) permit sales will also be suspended. If climbing is suspended for certain dates, then climbers who already bought permits for those specific dates can be refunded the $15 permit fee only, not the $7 service charge. This would be the only case in which a permit may be refunded.