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Tag: Mount St. Helens

Feb.
1st

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, mshinstitute.org, has not been working correctly since 9 a.m. when permits sales began.

UPDATE: Keep at it if you’re having trouble connecting to mshinstitute.org. 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.

Oct.
12th

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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July
12th

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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