Mount St. Helens selling climbing permits

The Associated Press /


VANCOUVER, Wash. — Mount St. Helens officials are selling climbing permits for the upcoming season.

The Columbian reports permits are required to go above 4,800 feet on the volcano. During the peak season — between April 1 and Oct. 31 — a fee of $22 is charged for each permit. There is no charge between Nov. 1 and March 31.

Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The U.S. Forest Service says that from May 15 until the end of October, officials impose a limit of 100 permits per day to minimize impact on the mountain’s natural regeneration.

Peak season climbing permits can be purchased at http://mshinstitute.org.