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Category: Mount St. Helens


Mount St. Helens climbing permits go on sale this morning. July and August weekends sell out in 30 minutes

A friendly reminder from the Adventure Guys. Climbing permits for Mount St. Helens go on sale today. They’ll likely go fast. In fact, the website,, has not been working correctly since 9 a.m. when permits sales began.

UPDATE: Keep at it if you’re having trouble connecting to I finally connected after about 15 minutes of trying and scored six permits at $22 each.

UPDATE: thirty minutes in and every July and August weekend permit (that’s 100 permits per day) has been sold.


Former Mount St. Helens ranger Jim Gale retires after 32 years

From the National Park Service:

One of Pacific West Region’s most respected and revered park rangers, Jim Gale, hung up his flat hat for the last time on October 5th.

Gale served the National Park Service for 32 years, starting at Yellowstone and reaching the pinnacle of his career at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as chief of interpretation. His work took him to some of the nation’s most treasured public lands – Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, Indiana Dunes National Seashore, Blue Ridge National Park in Virginia, and Grand Canyon National Park. At

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Road to Windy Ridge at Mount St. Helens opens Friday

Starting Friday, visitors to Mount St. Helens will be able to drive to Windy Ridge, the closest point to the crater accessible by automobile.

Forest Road 99 open’s for the summer on Friday morning. The road also provides access to Spirit Lake, Meta Lake and hiking trails such as Norway Pass.

Forest Road 26 also opens Friday. The road accesses Norway Pass, Goat Mountain Trail and the Mount Margaret backcountry. The road has been repaired after portions were wiped out by flooding.

Also, a portion Obstruction Point Road in Olympic National Park also opens Friday. Snow as deep as six

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Nick Hall: Recovery attempts await better weather, next chance likely Monday

Attempts to recover the body of climbing ranger Nick Hall have been suspended until Monday at the soonest.

New snow, wind and dangerous conditions on the northeast face of Mount Rainier have prevented climbing rangers from reach Hall’s body.

“Monday will be the first break we get in the weather,” park superintendent Randy King said Friday.

There is snow in the forecast for the rest of weekend, followed by most sunny skies on Monday.

Hall’s body is at 11,300 feet on the Emmons Glacier. He died after falling 2,500 feet during a June 21 rescue of four climbers who had

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Special avalanche alert issued for Cascades, Olympics

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center released a “special avalanche forecast” this morning warning back country travelers in the Cascades and Olympics that the risk of avalanche is currently very high. From the NWAC forecast:

Increasingly warm and mostly fair weather Friday through Monday along with light winds should allow for warming, melt and weakening to affect progressively deeper layers of the snowpack at increasingly high elevations.

As a result, a spring slide cycle involving much of the past season’s snowpack is probable..and should increase in intensity and severity through Monday. Increasing large wet loose or wet slab slides

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Mount St. Helens Institute director Jeanne Bennette resigns to take new post

Jeanne Bennette is stepping down as director of the Mount St. Helens Institute after five years. The Mount St. Helens Institute is a non-profit group dedicate to educating people about the volcano while protecting the volcano. The organization also oversees climbing permits.

“ We are all indebted to Jeanne for her vision, energy, and passion for the Mount St. Helens Institute, the Monument and our volcano,” MSHI board president Bill Kelley wrote in an email. “She has been the face, the soul, and the engine for MSHI for the past 5 years.  We wish her well in her new position

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Forest Service Road 99, leading to Windy Ridge at Mount St. Helens, opens Friday

Forest Service Road 99 on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will open for the season Friday morning. The road provides access to popular east-side Mount St. Helens attractions such as Windy Ridge, Meta Lake and the Miner’s Car.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offers daily ranger-led activities at sites along Road 99, including “Eruption Talks” at the Windy Ridge Viewpoint. The programs will start Friday.

Interpretive programs offered at Lahar Viewpoint on Road 83 while Road 99 remained closed will continue Fridays- Sundays.

Programs along Road 99 will run seven day a week through the remainder of the

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Rally Wednesday to raise support for effort to turn Mount St. Helens into national park

Supporters of the idea to turn Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument into a national park are holding a rally on Wednesday.

On what will be the 31st anniversary of the 1980 eruption, supporters of the concept will meet at the Johnston Ridge parking lotto express their support that the area will become a national park site.

In addition to local business owners and community members, Mark Plotkin (Cowlitz County Tourism Bureau), Mark Smith (Ecopark Resort), Sean Smith (National Parks Conservation Association) and others are expected to speak.

The rally will take place from 3-4 p.m., with the presentations at 3:30 pm.

The parking lot is on state Route 504 at the Johnston Ridge Visitor Center.

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