"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 one seasonal hut located near the Marble Mountain Snopark off of FS Road 83. This hut serves non-motorized winter sports enthusiasts wishing to explore Mt. St. Helens; future expansion includes additional huts, and huts for motorized users as well.

The hut serves 6 people; includes 6 padded bunks, a wood stove, a lounge area, a propane cook stove, an emergency propane heater, a SPOT SOS device and an outhouse. The hut serves as a base camp for splitboarders, skiers, snowshoe groups, climbers as well as nordic and cross country skiers. We operate via a special use permit issued by the USFS. We typically operate from mid to late November through the end of April. Snowmobile shuttling is offered to and from the hut for an additional $25 (gear included).

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. Fuel for the stove is provided. 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. Guide services, up to 6 guests are available for an additional $250 per day, but is not required to book and tour from the hut. Self led touring groups are allowed.

Ideally located for backcountry split boarding, ski touring, and snowshoeing, guests have access to 110,000 snow covered 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 too. We have decades of local backcountry touring, boarding, skiing 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. Our guides offer decades of experience and local knowledge. Familiarity with the terrain and the unique Mt. St. Helens snow pack allow our guides to safely take you directly to the best stashes and best lines on the mountain.

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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