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All climbers must register and obtain a climbing permit, no matter the time of year.
If you are climbing between November 1st, 2013 - March 31, 2014, you must register for a permit in person at the Lone Fir Resort (360) 238-5210. There is no fee for permits during this period.
If you are climbing between April 1st - October 31st, you must purchase your permit by clicking the “SEARCH NOW” button listed above. Permits for the 2014 climbing season will be available for purchase beginning February 3, 2014 at 9:00am PST. Permits are $22.00.
If you have never climbed Mount St. Helens before, consider joining the Mount St. Helens Institute on a Guided Climb!
The total permit fee of $22 includes a $5 service charge which goes towards the MSHI Mountain Stewards Volunteer Program to help maintain and protect the climbing routes.
WHAT IF PERMITS ARE SOLD OUT ON THE DAY I WANT TO CLIMB?
If the date you want to climb has no more available permits OR if you have purchased a climbing permit and no longer are able to climb on that date, please visit purmit.com to search for permits for sale or to offer your climbing permit(s) for sale.
The Mount St. Helens Institute offers guided climbs for those who wish to climb the mountain with experienced guides in a group setting. Read more about our Guided Climbs. For those who desire to climb with a professional geologist, we recommend our Geology on High climbs.
Mount St. Helens is not merely a mountain—it is an active volcano. You need to be prepared for extreme weather, possible ash fall, and other hazards. Read about how to prepare for your climb.
CURRENT CONDITIONS ON MOUNT ST HELENS
See the U.S. Forest Service Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument website for more information and the most current climbing condition updates. Visit the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center for the most up to date avalanche forecast information.
CLIMBING AN ACTIVE VOLCANO
At 8,328 feet high (as measured by USGS in 2009), Mount St. Helens offers climbers a breathtaking view from the crater rim. Although it is not a technical climb, it is strenuous and hazardous due to ice, large boulders, loose pumice, fast-changing weather and volcanism. Climbers should be in very good physical condition, well equipped, informed about volcanic hazards, and have plenty of water and food.
The Mount St. Helens Institute has partnered with the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to help protect the volcano’s fragile features and to ensure climbers have a safe, low-impact experience on the volcano.
Before climbing Mount St. Helens, please read climbing rules, road and trail conditions, and other important information from the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.