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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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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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Beautiful forest!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Charles C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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, but slow down and enjoy this gem of the Cascades.

Thank Charles C
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 waste was only a foot below the toilet seat. We ran out of toilet paper... More 

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5 of 5 stars 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
Yakima, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

This place is ABSOLUTELY breath taking! Not too hard to find and not too crowded. I went last fourth of July, the weather was perfect. The walk to the falls from the parking lot was super easy! If you're taking pets, watch out because a lot of people have their dogs off leash. Great place to visit and swim!

Thank Denise R
Kansas City, MO
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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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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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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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