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Packed full of beautiful waterfalls and stunning landscapes.

The Gifford to me is a good way to really feel away from it all, and get out in nature. We have... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2018
Jade M
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Camas, Washington
The streets are awful

We actually only drove from the Lava Canyon in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2017
Anja H
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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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 good11%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

The Gifford to me is a good way to really feel away from it all, and get out in nature. We have been into the Gifford 5 or 6 times now and we always find new beautiful areas within the park. There are so many...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

We actually only drove from the Lava Canyon in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to Packwood through the Gifford National Forest. I rated it with 3 stars as average because we didn't see much of it and otherwise it would be unfair. If...More

1  Thank Anja H
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Reviewed July 27, 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Kalama Horse Campground, which is very sentimental to us. We love that place. There are places for tents, RV's, and horse stalls near almost every camp site. The bathroom is relatively clean. There is a covered common area for parties and bbq's....More

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Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Walupt Lake campground for 5 days. The site was nice and spacious and fairly private. The bathrooms were average for vault toilets and the place was kept fairly clean. There were several hikes to choose from for different hiking abilities. We did...More

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Reviewed June 7, 2017

This National Forest Area is relatively little visited and it is possible to find some solitude amongst the beautiful terrain which is a mixture of forest, lakes and mountain foothills. There are clearly marked trails through the area.

Thank Ruth5757
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Reviewed October 11, 2016

Very disappointing. Drove in the National Forest for 2.5 hours can't really say we saw too much other than very tall trees. Virtually no others vehicles were in the forest. So glad we were out of there before nightfall.

Thank Carol B
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Reviewed August 16, 2016

Whether it be hiking, camping, riding motorcycles or sitting in the pools at Lower Lewis Falls, this has become one of my favorite places in Washington. A must visit if you like the outdoors.

1  Thank Degan W
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Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Well worth the trip, and I didn't even have time to check it all out. Peterson Prairie campground was gorgeous, I would stay again. Make sure to see the natural bridges and the Ice Cave. Just driving through the old growth forest is wonderful enough,...More

1  Thank Charles C
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Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Been going since 1997. BUT we are extremely saddened because the last couple of years it has changed. 1-The toilets are compost toilets. Up until 2-3 yrs ago they were well taken care of and believe it or not didnt smell. This year however the...More

3  Thank Angie V
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Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

The road is choppy in places and becomes gravel and then paved again. Well-maintained paths lead to amazing views. Buy a topo map and explore not only this amazing place but the rest of the park.

Thank Beth J
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