MTTA Backcountry Conditions

M3 MountainCam Images - Recorded Earlier

NOTE:  Our webcam equipment was removed during the High Hut's expansion.   We hope to reinstall the webcam next summer.   The following images were recorded earlier.   For the latest conditions, please see our Trail Conditions report below and/or check

Mt. Rainier

High Hut Deck & Bear Basin

Mt. St. Helens

M3, MTTA's Mountain Monitoring system, is located at High Hut, at nearly 5000'.   The M3 MountainCam has a 270 degree view of the Cascade Range, including Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, Saw Tooth Ridge and the Goat Rocks Wilderness area.  

M3 equipment was funded by a very generous grant from REI , with additional funding provided by Whittaker Mountaineering in Ashford.   If you like this system, please let them know and support their businesses.

Trail Conditions Report
as of Saturday Morning, Mar 1st

The trails are in great condition, and more snow is expected.   It's a great weekend to getaway to MTTA!

In both Districts, we're using the main SnoParks (the ones with the outhouses).   The roads are currently clear, but some snow is expected later today and tomorrow, so everyone should bring chains.

The main trails have all been groomed and are in great condition.   There are a few icy patches, but these should be ground up during grooming today (Yay -- both Snocats are operating again!).

The forecast is calling for 3-7" of new snow between now and tomorrow.

Sno-Park Permit and Discover Pass Requirements:  All vehicles parking in a Sno-Park or on a Sno-Park Access Road must have a season or day Sno-Park Permit.   If you have a season Sno-Park Permit, you do not need a Discover Pass.   If you only purchase a day Sno-Park Permit, you must also have and post a Discover Pass.

Spot forecast links for key locations in our backcountry plus satellite images:

Our equipment, volunteers, and weather are all lining up for a great weekend in MTTA's backcountry.   We hope you can join in the winter fun and adventures.   Be sure to carry chains for our steep mountain roads, especially since more snow is expected through the rest of the weekend.   And don't forget the required Sno-Park permit (and if you only have a Day Sno-Park permit you will also need a Discover Pass).  See you on the trails.

Full Size M3 MountainCam Images - recorded earlier

Mt Rainier, ~2000' to 14,410'

Upper Camp Muir Snowfield, ~8000' to ~11,000'

High Hut's Deck with a view of Bear Basin and the Anderson Lake Trail

Trail approaching High Hut

Snow Depth just South of High Hut
(if you can't see a number, there is more than 9 ft of snow!)

Thermometer on High Hut's Deck
(morning sunlight causes high readings)

Mt. St. Helens

High Rock Lookout