As of Saturday, people climbing Mount St. Helens will no longer be able to get climbing permits at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar. For climbs through March 31, climbers can self-register for permits at Climber’s Bivouac and Marble Mountain Sno-Park.
The climbing permits are free of charge, but self-registration is required for safety purposes in the event of a missing or injured climber, according to officials with the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Permits to climb to the rim of the volcano at 8,365 feet of elevation are required year-round. The route to the rim gains 4,500 feet over 5 miles of climbing. Most people complete the climb in seven-12 hours.
Permits are free to an unlimited number of people climbing from Nov. 1 through March 31. From April 1 until May 14, an unlimited number of climbers can obtain permits for a $22 fee. From May 15 until Oct. 31, there is a limit of 100 climbers a day who can obtain a permit for the $22 fee. The cap on climbers helps limit impact on the mountain’s natural regeneration.