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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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Very scenic and not too difficult hiking

Came here with our son to do the Lewis River Falls trail where you get to see three waterfalls. From where we parked it was a little over a 6 mile hike that is challenging for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015
KaneoheBoy
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Kansas City, MO

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Kansas City, MO
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498 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Came here with our son to do the Lewis River Falls trail where you get to see three waterfalls. From where we parked it was a little over a 6 mile hike that is challenging for the average person at times but most of it is fine. There were a lot of families and dogs on the trail. Fortunately it... More 

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Camas, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Gorgeous. Go deep into the Gifford and it is totally pristine and a true paradise. We camped on the Cispus River east of Randle and that area is stunning and not crowded.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This wilderness area is a short 2 hour drive from the Tacoma area. We stayed at the Iron Creek Campground. Old growth forest blanketed with ferns and moss made this a beautiful setting. There are nearby day trips into the Gifford Pinchot Forest if you just want a drive in the forest. Pick up good maps at the campground entry!

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Burlingame, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 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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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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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 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 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 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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