Mount St. Helens Climbers Bivouac now open

Tacoma News TribuneMay 29, 2014 

Climbers are warned to stay off of cornices on Mount St. Helens. Climbers Bivouac, the most popular starting destination for climbing the volcano opened this week.


Climbers Bivouac, the primary camping spot for people climbing Mount St. Helens, is now open. Forest Road 81-830 to the campground and the Ptarmigan Trail opened this week.  

Grading and guardrail repair are taking place on the road and monument. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument officials warn climbers to “use extreme caution and stay off cornices (overhanging snow) at the crater rim.  Please stay back 10-15 feet from the edge of the snow.” Ice axes and crampons are recommended for the climb.

Permits are sold out for July and August. For permit information visit the Mount St. Helens Institute website

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