Mt. St. Helens launches new online backcountry camping reservation program

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 27, 2014 

Mount St. Helens already has had an online reservation process for climbing permits. Now it will use a similar process for the Mount Margaret Backcountry.

CRAIG HILL

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument recently launched new online reservation procedures for overnight camping permits in the Mount Margaret Backcountry.

Starting March 19 the monument switched from a mail-in and walk-up reservation system to the National Recreation Reservation Service website. The monument already uses an online reservation process for climbing permits.

A $6 non-refundable fee will be charged for reservations. The system aims to allow users to check for cancellations and make reservations and changes at any time

“I know this will be an adjustment for people but the new reservation system will provide a more efficient and equitable opportunity for backpackers to obtain permits for the Mount Margaret Backcountry,” monument manager Tom Mulder said in a statement recently released by the forest service. “We will be providing assistance to out of town visitors and will be available to help folks through this transition; additionally it will allow us to focus our efforts in providing other goods and services for forest visitors.”

 

The new service can be accessed at Recreation.gov or users can call 877-444-6777.

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