February 2019

Update from Mount St. Helens to Gateway Communities & Businesses

Greetings!  The purpose of this brief email is to share updates and useful information with Mount St. Helens gateway communities & businesses.  If you do not want to receive these monthly emails please let me know by replying to this email.  Please send info, ideas and feedback to [email protected] and feel free to forward.  Thank you –Amy


National Monument & Gifford Pinchot Forest Updates


Gifford Pinchot National Forest seeks outfitter and guide proposals.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest will accept proposals for new Outfitter and Guide Temporary Use Permits January 1 - March 1, 2019.  During this time prospective outfitters and guides may submit a proposal for a permit to operate guided tours, camps, hunts, and other experiences on the forest. 

Those interested should contact Gifford Pinchot National Forest staff to discuss potential proposals; please allow sufficient time to coordinate with forest staff and to complete the application.  More information is available online at:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gp  

For outfitter/guide proposal questions, contact:

·         Mount St. Helens: Chelsea Muise, [email protected], 360-449-7828

·         Mount Adams Ranger District (south half of forest): David Wickwire, [email protected], 509-395-3410

·         Cowlitz Valley Ranger District (north half of forest): Jack Thorne, [email protected], 360-497-1120 


Update On 2019 Mount St. Helens Climbing Permits

Due to the government shutdown and changes in the permit program, 2019 Mount St. Helens climbing permits did not go on sale in early February as they have in past years.  We are aiming for a mid-March on-sale date. A firm date should be announced very soon.

The new vendor for permits will be recreation.gov, which serves the Recreation One Stop program. This national program was created to reduce redundancy by combining the online reservation services of multiple Federal agencies. By using recreation.gov, the Forest Service is complying with Federal regulations that require use of the Recreation One Stop program for reservation of recreation facilities, including permits.

Mount St. Helens Institute will continue to provide customer service to climbers, climbing information and volunteer support on the climbing route.


Sign up for email updates about climbing permits HERE.


Let’s begin planning for the 40th anniversary

Planning is beginning for activities to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens.  Is your community planning anything? Do you have ideas or want to be involved?  If you do, please contact us to share and get more information.


Seasonal hours & closures

Science and Learning Center at Coldwater is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays 10-4.

Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed for the winter season.

State Route 504 is gated at milepost 45.2, just past the Hummocks Trail.

Mount St. Helens Visitor Center is open 9 am to 4 pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays (located 5 miles from I-5 and managed by Washington State Parks).


Get ready for winter. 

Sno-Park Permits. Parking at Sno-Parks requires a Washington State Sno-Park Permit Dec 1 to Mar 31 available at some vendor locations and online at Washington State Parks https://parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-recreation.

  Road to Marble Mountain Snopark

Be prepared. 

At higher elevations in the forest there is plenty of snow.  Remember to:

            Check the weather before you go

            Prepare your car before you go

            Know what to do to avoid a crash

            Be well supplied and equipped

More information from the National Safety Council and the Weather Channel:

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/winter/driving , https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/winter-travel-safety#/1

 Marble Mountain Snopark


Monument Headquarters front desk – 360-449-7800; hrs. 8-4:00, Monday - Friday

Science and Learning Center – 360-274-2131; weekends 10-4.

Amy Wilson [email protected] - (360) 449-7831.  I welcome your comments and input.


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Amy Wilson 
Community Engagement Specialist

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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

p: 360-449-7831 
[email protected]

42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd
Amboy, WA 98601
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