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Address: WA
Activities: Hiking
Description: One of the oldest National Forests in the United States, this region...
One of the oldest National Forests in the United States, this region encompasses 1,312,000 acres and includes Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
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Mushrooming and so much more

Beautiful trails and foliage in the fall. Lots of opportunities for hunting chanterelles, among other mushrooms. So many different hiking trails and environs to see. Love taking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Burlingame, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
12 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful trails and foliage in the fall. Lots of opportunities for hunting chanterelles, among other mushrooms. So many different hiking trails and environs to see. Love taking the time to hike around when visiting family in Troutlake. Hiking can be as easy or strenuous as you like, depending upon the company you keep.

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Yelm, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We disperse/boondock/dry camp in the Gifford Pinchot Forrest alot. We (my husband and myself) have camped at some stunning sites. We have camped alot along the Cispus River and this one spot in particular was awesome. At night we enjoyed a light show fin the form of shooting stars and statelites flying overhead. The river was right next to our... More 

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Tennessee
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98 attraction reviews
321 helpful votes 321 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

After exiting the east entrance of Mount Saint Helens and heading north to Randall, there is a stop called Iron Creek. This stop is considered to be in the Gifford Pinchot National Forrest. It is roughly a quarter mile roundtrip and worth the effort. The path is well maintained and shaded the whole way. There is a large creek and... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Some parts of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest are overrun with ORV filling the air with noise, dust, and the smell of fuel, but there are many wonderful areas that don't contain the annoying vehicles. My favorite small campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is named Walupt Lake Campground, situated on, you guessed it, Walupt Lake. It's a small... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed specifically at Takhlakh Lake Campground and explored the 3,500 year old lava flows nearby at the meadows (easy hike for kids). The weather was spotty mid Aug - rain and more rain with thunder/lightening but that didn't put a damper on our stay. Nearby are several other campgrounds with beautiful lakes. Council Lake, Horseshoe Lake (amazing), Goose Lake...I... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Sick of the slog up highway 26 to Mt. Hood? Just zip up the Gorge and head north at Hood River to find the fine forests of the Gifford Pinchot. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail, fish in Goose Lake, look for Bigfoot in the Dark Divide or pick huckleberries in Indian Heaven. It's an undiscovered gem! Stop by the Trout... More 

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White Salmon, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This forest packs so much in this hidden corner of Washington state. Whether you want to hike, camp, fish, or take a scenic drive through the forest, you're sure to find it in the Gifford Pinchot. MOUNT ST> HELENS NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT: You can visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and witness a volcano that is healing from... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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215 reviews 215 reviews
22 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is a drive with few (if any) places for rest-stops---solid elevation climbs over 3900 Ft.---many turns and twists with views of Swift Reservoir, Mt. Adams, then past several camp-grounds--- the down slope to Randle is very rough with road sections on apex of curves having dropped and in shaded areas views of dips almost un-discernable---frequent solid lunges and dips---... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Gorgeous old growth trees, lush canopy on less visited side of Mt. St. Helen's. Very worth the journey.

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Spokane, Washington
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

it is interesting in that one of the places most isolated in the USA has so much packed into its borders. We entered the Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest at Trout Lake via White Salmon going north from the Columbia River Gorge. Truly spectacular on its own, the Gorge attracts many people looking to do winery or fruit-stand tours each summer.... More 

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