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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

WA
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Ranked #407 of 1,342 Attractions in Washington
Type: Forests, National Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: One of the oldest National Forests in the United States, this region encompasses 1,312,000 acres and includes Mount St. Helens National Volcanic... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Olympia, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
14 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

We are tent campers, we are hikers, we are motorcycle travelers, and we love Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Every national forest camp ground we have stayed in within GPNF has been well-kept and really well-laid out (such that campers aren't on top of each other). Many of the sites have camp hosts. The camp site at Lower Falls is our... More

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Richland, WA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

July 10-12, 2011: Our family likes to go camping every year. It's hard to top last year's vacations at Glacier National Park and Mt. Rainier/Mt. St. Helen's, but we certainly were hoping for more from our visit to Mount Adams. While there is plenty to do if you are an avid hiker/climber or love the white water rafting idea, there... More

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