The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District is located in the Northern most portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington, and comprises 575,000 acres of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
This Ranger District manages four Wilderness Areas including the Goat Rocks Wilderness, Glacier View Wilderness, Tatoosh Wilderness and William O Douglass Wilderness. Major River Drainages include the Cowlitz River, Clear Fork of the Cowlitz, and the Cispus River.
The area consists of very tall old growth trees on basically flat terrain throughout the campground. Lush vegetation and ample space between sites makes them quite private. This is a great place to camp while exploring the more remote side of Mount St. Helens.
A popular campground on Walupt Lake and surrounded by the Goat Rocks Wilderness, this campground provides outstanding views of the forest. The campground offers various sizes of camping units as well as 7 walk-in sites. Access is generally by rough gravel road (about 20 miles).
This area includes recreational sites outside the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument boundaries and within the administrative boundaries of the Mount St Helens Ranger District on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. These areas include:
The Lewis River Valley will delight any explorer who comes looking for spectacular waterfalls surrounded by old-growth forest. This is an area packed with some of the most spectacular and interesting waterfalls on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Trails, ranging from easiest to most difficult, provide paths of discovery through this diverse landscape. Easy wheelchair accessible trails allow close approach to Big Creek, Curly Creek, Miller Creek and Lower Lewis River Falls. Other waterfalls are viewed from the Lewis River Trail, which follows the Lewis River for over 15 miles.
Lower Falls Campground is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Visitors enjoy several waterfalls in the area and access to the Lewis River Trail. The campground is open from May till October.
The campground is just off the Lewis River at an elevation of 1300 feet. The campground road is paved and shaded by large evergreen trees. There are trails down to the Lewis River and falls area.
Near the campground are several trailheads that provide visitors with a variety of recreational opportunities. There are hiking trails, mountain bike trails, horse trails, and motorcycle trails within 10 miles of the campground.
The Lewis River contains Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Whitefish, and Bull Trout. The area is catch and release only.
Lower Falls Campground offers 43 standard sites that accommodate both tents and RVs (60 feet), but no hookups are available. Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are composting toilets and drinking water.
There are falls viewing opportunities at Lower Lewis River Falls, Curly Creek Falls, Big Creek Falls, and Middle Falls, all within 15 minutes of the campground.
Hiking trails within 10 miles include trail #31 Lewis River, Trail #5 Quartz Creek, and trail #80 Wright Meadows.
There is overflow camping less than 5 miles north at the Lewis River Horse Camp.
The Mt. Adams Ranger District is located in the eastern most portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington, and comprises 367,000 acres. This Ranger District includes Mt. Adams Wilderness, Indian Heaven Wilderness and Trapper Creek Wilderness.
Mt. Adams is a prominent landmark on the District. Elevations here range between 1200 feet at the Wind River Work Center, 12 miles north of Carson, WA., and 12,276 feet at the summit of Mt. Adams. Precipitation varies from 70.7 inches of rain and 65.1 inches of snow at the Wind River Work Center and 44.1 inches of rain and 95.7 inches of snow at the Mt. Adams Ranger District office in Trout Lake, WA. The District features a great diversity of habitats and features, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows, glaciers, and low and high elevation lakes.
Mt Adams Ranger Station:
2455 Hwy 141
Trout Lake, WA 98650
District Ranger: Nancy Ryke
Phone: (509) 395 3400
TTY: (509) 395 3422
Directions: At Bingen, WA., take Hwy 141 north 25 miles to Trout Lake, WA. Continue on Hwy 141 through Trout Lake, one mile , and you will see the sign for the Mt. Adams R.D.
At 3200' elevation, Goose Lake is a popular fishing spot. There is also a day-use parking area and boat launch, which requires a NW Forest Pass for parking.
About eight miles of gravel road to campground. 18 Campsites are level sites on a hillside. They are walk-in with roadside parking. There is trail access to the lake. Campground is unreacheable after snowfall in late Autumn. Campground is historically open by Memorial Day, depending on snow level.
Peterson Prairie Campground is a popular camping area during the fall huckleberry season. During the rest of the year, use is light. The camp sites are graveled and level with nice trees on gentle terrain.