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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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Old School National Forest

Some may say that GPNF is too primitive or underdeveloped. Not me...it reminds me of the old days... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Goldendale, Washington
Superb Area for a Camping Vacation

A significant portion of south-central Washington State is taken up by the Gifford Pinchot National... read more

Reviewed September 20, 2018
Ventura, California
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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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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Some may say that GPNF is too primitive or underdeveloped. Not me...it reminds me of the old days when I was a kid.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Boomertug
Reviewed September 20, 2018

A significant portion of south-central Washington State is taken up by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It borders the Columbia River and the Oregon/Washington State Line on the south end, just a short drive from Mt. Hood, and it's northern end puts you right under...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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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

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank picklepedro_
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

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank AnjaKA73
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

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank bbridgetmay
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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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.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Ruth5757
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.

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Carol B
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.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank DeganWalters
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

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Charles C
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