Fee Waivers

Fee Waivers

Johnston Ridge Observatory

Monument Fees will be waived for “registered” school groups from accredited K-12 educational institutions, colleges and universities visiting Mount St. Helens as part of a school assignment.

For every 5 students, one adult receives a free admittance. Once the 5:1 ratio is exceeded, each additional adult must pay $8 for a monument pass.

Fees must be paid at the visitor center upon arrival.

The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center is managed by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The fee system are separate from those managed by the USDA Forest Service. Be advised that Mount St. Helens Visitor Center admits one adult for every five students in for free. Any additional adults will need to pay fee of $5.00/adult upon their arrival to the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. Please contact them for more information on their fees and fee waivers for school groups at 360-274-0962.

East and South of Mount St. Helens

Recreation Pass Fees will be waived for “registered” school groups from accredited K-12 educational institutions, colleges and universities visiting Mount St. Helens as part of a school assignment.  If you are travelling in a yellow school bus, after you register nothing else is needed.

If you are traveling in individual vehicles or hired motor coaches, to obtain a Recreation Pass educational fee waiver, for the East and South side areas, for each vehicle participating in the field trip, please submit a letter on school letterhead requesting a fee waiver at least two weeks prior to your visit. Please indicate the number of vehicles, students, and teachers/chaperones you anticipate will be part of the field trip. Fee waiver requests can be mailed to: c/o Sarah Cusanelli, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601, or emailed to msh.southside.ee@gmail.com.

A valid Recreation Pass is required for every vehicle in attendance at sites on the South and East sides of Mount St. Helens. Northwest Forest Passes are $5.00 per day per vehicle.

These fee waivers are only for registered schools visiting East and South side sites. Please see the information above for fee waivers for Johnston Ridge Observatory and the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center.

Where Can I Obtain a Northwest Forest Day Pass?

On the South side (Forest Roads 83 and 90), passes are available at self-service fee stations at:

  • Ape Cave
  • Lava Canyon
  • Pine Creek Information Station.
  • Trail of Two Forests

On the East side (Forest Road 99), passes are available at:

  • Meta Lake Trailhead
  • Windy Ridge Viewpoint