Mount Saint Helens

Cougar, Washington

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Mount Saint Helens is an ideal winter tour because it is accessible, large, and wonderful. It is a good tour for snowboarders—gullies and wind scoops make perfect half pipes, and you can descend the fall line for much of the way. Take snowshoes. Take money, too—the USFS has instituted a summit fee ($15) in addition to the Sno-Park fee. (A separate summer Trail Use Permit is required after the Sno-Park season.) Difficulties: High avalanche potential; routefinding required; permit / fee area.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Saint Helens is an ideal winter tour because it is accessible, large, and wonderful. It is a good tour for snowboarders—gullies and wind scoops make perfect half pipes, and you can descend the fall line for much of the way.

Take snowshoes. Take money, too—the USFS has instituted a summit fee ($15) in addition to the Sno-Park fee. (A separate summer Trail Use Permit is required after the Sno-Park season.) Difficulties: High avalanche potential; routefinding required; permit / fee area.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Cougar
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: Best January to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,640 feet
Top Elevation: 8,300 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 346S Mount Saint Helens
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Saint Helens

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