Mount St. Helens climbing permits on sale starting Monday



CHELATCHIE — Climbing permits for Mount St. Helens go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.

Permits are required to travel above 4,800 feet in elevation on the peak from April through October. The fee is $22 per permit and they may be purchased online at the Mount St. Helens Institute’s website at

There is a limit of 100 permits a day between May 15 and Oct. 31 to manage wear and tear on the volcano’s natural regeneration.

Money from the permit fee is used by the Forest Service to balance resource protection and visitor safety. A portion also is used by the Mount St. Helens Institute to provide volunteer and education programs.

The volcano recently was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a traditional cultural landscape to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Yakama Nation.