Climbers beware: Mount St. Helens avalanche danger high

Heavy snowpack, warm weather prompts warning

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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Forest Service officials are warning climbers that the avalanche danger at Mount St. Helens is very high.

A forecast of warm weather and a lingering snowpack are combining to make climbing the volcano dangerous. Climbers who attempt the mountain should prepare for extreme avalanche conditions.

“A climbing ranger will be on the mountain to update climbers and warn climbers as to the dangers involved,” said Monument Manager Tom Mulder. Signs sharing this information will also be posted at strategic sites including the Climbing Register at Lone Fire Resort and Marble Mountain Sno-Park.

Those who do not wish to risk the attempt can have their climbing permit fee refunded. To request a refund, please call 360-449-7800 or stop into Monument Headquarters in Amboy.