Please remember that Mt. St.
Helens is located in a remote area of southwestern
Washington. There are no cell phone towers within the
Monument or the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Even at
lower altitudes, reception may or may not work depending
on the time of day, your location on the volcano,
variable weather conditions and the cell network you
Do not consider a cell phone a
substitute for adequate preparedness.
• If you have an emergency and
need assistance: Try a text. Because the data is routed
differently, often a text will get through when a voice
call will not.
• Currently, 9-1-1 agencies are
unable to receive information via text. However, if you
can text to another party that you need assistance, they
can call 9-1-1 for you.
• If you must text someone to
call 9-1-1, be aware that calls are routed to the
nearest PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point). If you do
not know anyone in the area where you are traveling,
there may be a delay in getting the call to the right
• Keep in mind during a major
disaster it is possible that even with cell phone
reception, cell services may be unavailable