Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Langley, BC, Canada.
Interest: Hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, photography, computers, yoga and traveling.
Permit - We didn't get one. Although we did get a backcountry parking pass (which you should have). I saw somewhere that there is supposed to be some monument fee, since it is a volcanic monument, but we saw nowhere where you could pay nor did anyone ever ask us (but keep in mind that it was September and not really "in season"/
Camping - you pretty much camp where you can. There aren't really "camp spots" like you would normally see at alot of places. There are areas where you are not allowed to camp, such as the blast/research area, but those are relatively well marked.
Water - it was a concern, but we did find enough to get through. The first night we were actually planning to hike back in the dark (and abandon the mission) as we hadn't found water yet. We did manage to find some, albeit not much, the first night so we stuck it out. The second night we went without, but that was partly our fault. We should have taken some at this one last creek before we climbed out of the valley and back up to the ridge. Whenever you see creeks on the map, assume most are dry. But then again, remember that we were doing this in September after an extremely dry summer. I would suspect that earlier in the season (and under normal weather), that it wouldn't be as much of a problem. My advice would be to make sure you have enough water with you to travel 5-10KM at any given time. Fill often. That way you're covered.