"The Creator had placed her between the two quarreling mountains to keep the peace, and it was intended that humans, too, should look at her beauty and remember to keep their hearts good, to share the land and treat it well. If we human beings do not treat the land with respect, the people said, Loo-Wit will wake up and let us know how unhappy she and the Creator have become again."

Nisqually Tribe

Located on Mt. St. Helens in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, MSH Backcountry operates a hut system located near the Marble Mountain Snopark off of FS Road 83. These huts serve outdoor sports enthusiasts wishing to explore Mt. St. Helens; future expansion includes additional huts, and huts in additional locations.

Each hut serves 6 people; includes 6 padded bunks, a wood stove, a lounge area, an emergency propane heater, a SPOT SOS device and an outhouse. The hut serves as a base camp for splitboarders, skiers, snowshoe groups, climbers, snowmobilers, nordic and cross country skiers and hikers and campers in the summer months. We operate via a special use permit issued by the USFS.

Maps of local terrain and backcountry literature are also present. Guests will need to bring their own food, beverage, water, kitchen dishes, utensils, and cookware. Firewood is provided, please use sparingly. All guests are required to carry avalanche beacons, shovel and probe; and know how to use their equipment. Guests need to bring their own sleeping bags and pillows; bunks and pads are provided.

Ideally located for backcountry split boarding, ski touring, snowshoeing snowmobiling, and hiking, guests have access to 110,000 acres in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. At 8,366’, Mt. St. Helens rises directly from the huts and provides an incredible variety of terrain including open bowls, treed glades, couloirs, gentle meadows, and steep chutes. Guests have the opportunity to get a true backcountry experience while having the luxury of a top-notch hut system just minutes from one of the most unique mountains in the lower 48. Mt. St. Helens is a destination point, not only in the summer months, but now in the winter months as well. We have decades of local backcountry touring, boarding, skiing, hiking and climbing experience on Mt. St. Helens. We love and respect this mountain; let us show you her true beauty. We're entirely focused on the journey, the remoteness, the quiet and calm of recreating in the backcountry. It's our heart.

Beyond Mt. St. Helens, are views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Mt. St. Helens and the surrounding terrain offer limitless tours and lines for all levels of ability. The area also offers hundreds of natural chutes and ½ pipes that await backcountry users. All guests are encouraged to take avalanche courses from a certified instructor before touring in the backcountry.

Mt. St. Helens is one of the most unique, transformative landscapes in the entire world. MSH Backcountry hut is located 36 miles from Woodland, WA and 70 miles from Portland, Ore.

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