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Andrew Jennings
(breaktheshoal) - MLife

Locale: West of the Mississippi
Mount St Helens w/o Permit on 09/18/2012 20:31:25 MDT Print View

Has anyone done it?

I'm currently on the waiting list for a permit, but apparently there is someone in front of me and the woman at the Lone Fir Resort didn't sound too optimistic. Normally I wouldn't break the rules but I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to do it again. I've read on other forums that the fine can range from $100 to $500, but I haven't come across anyone that found out the hard way. Anyone know which it is? I'd pay $100 to do it, but $500? Might have to show off my 400m skills from high school.

I was thinking of hitting the trailhead around midnight so that I could grab some good shots of sunrise from the top before stealthily making my way back down to the 4800-feet level soon thereafter. Never been so tips are welcome.

Not asking anyone to aid in any criminal behavior here, just looking for more facts to weigh my options.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Mount St Helens w/o Permit on 09/18/2012 20:38:10 MDT Print View

You don't need one after Oct 31

Try posting at portlandhikers.org

Andrew Jennings
(breaktheshoal) - MLife

Locale: West of the Mississippi
For what it's worth... on 09/21/2012 09:21:27 MDT Print View

I lucked out and was able to score a permit off the Lone Fir Resort wait list, but I thought I would close the loop here and let anyone else who was thinking of rolling the dice and going up Mount Saint Helens sans permit:

$100 minimum fine

Never ran into a ranger but I was on the trail by 3:15, at the top by 6:30 and down before noon.