5 routes · Alpine Climbing
Mount Saint Helens - Worm Flows
Winter route to the summit of one of Washington's most iconic mountains.
Alpine Climbing Easy
- 17 km
- 1.8 km
- 1.8 km
- Low Point
- 816 m
- High Point
- 2.5 km
Because of its popularity, a daily quota system is in place for climbing permits between April 1st and October 31st. The summer route begins at the Climber's Bivouac and is basically a hike through rock and pumice.
The standard winter route, the Worm Flows, starts at the Marble Mountain sno-park. While this route is longer, because it is almost entirely on snow, it is more aesthetically appealing, though it does require snow scrambling expertise with an ice ax and potentially crampons.
The crater rim is breathtaking, but stay back from the edge as it typically has dangerous cornices. Ski descents from Saint Helens are popular, as is glissading for those in boots or snowshoes.
The ascent involves simple glacier hiking and/or short, straightforward rock scrambles. Equivalent to Alpine F, F+
Best time to visit
- Ice axe