Backpacking

Pacific Crest Trail BridgeThere are a variety of trails within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that are great for backpacking. Many of these trails travel through designated wilderness areas in the forest. Help us protect fish, wildlife, and your natural resources by practicing a backcountry ethic of leave no trace! Some designated trailheads may require you to purchase a Northwest Forest Pass to park your vehicle. Remember to be prepared for emergencies and weather changes. Have Fun!


Backpacking Areas

  • Cowlitz Valley area area description
  • Trail #90 Angry Mountain area description
  • Trailhead: Angry Mountain
  • Trailhead: Berry Patch
  • Forest Road 2150
  • Forest Road 2750
  • Trail #257 Badger Ridge
  • Trail #228B Angel Falls Loop
  • Trail #252 Big Creek
  • Trail #269 Allen Mountain
  • Trail #1 Boundary area description
  • Boundary Trail #1 Elk Pass to YellowJacket
  • Trail #1 YellowJacket 1A to Council Lake
  • Trail #101: Walupt Lake area description
  • Trailhead: Walupt Lake
  • Trail #109 Hamilton Peak
  • Trail #110 Green Mountain
  • Trail #116 High Lakes
  • Trail #118 Hamilton Buttes
  • Trail #119 Blue Lake Butte
  • Trail #121 Coleman Weedpatch area description
  • Trailhead: Coleman Weedpatch
  • Trail #123 South Point Lookout
  • Trail #125 Dry Creek
  • Trail #128 Pompey Peak
  • Trail #161 Tatoosh area description
  • Trail #164 Backbone Lake
  • Trail #1A Yellowjacket
  • Trail #1C Boulder
  • Trail #2000 Pacific Crest, William O. Douglas
  • Trail #2000: Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks
  • Trail #213 Green River
  • Trail #213A Vanson Ridge
  • Trail #217A Vanson Peak
  • Trail #218 Tumwater
  • Trail #22 Carlton Creek area description
  • Trailhead: Carlton Creek
  • Trail #220 Strawberry Mountain
  • Trail #248 Puyallup
  • Trail #249 Lake Christine area description
  • Trailhead: Lake Christine
  • Trail #250 Osborne Mountain
  • Trail #253 Greenwood Lake
  • Trail #258 Silver Creek
  • Trail #259 Langille Ridge
  • Trail #259A McCoy Peak
  • Trail #261 Juniper Ridge
  • Trail #261A Sunrise Peak
  • Trail #262 Sunrise
  • Trail #263 Dark Meadow
  • Trail #265 East Canyon
  • Trailhead: High Rock/Greenwood Lake
  • Trail #267 Glacier View area description
  • Trailhead: Glacier View
  • Trail #270 Valley
  • Trail #271 Blue Lake Ridge
  • Trail #272 Bishop Ridge
  • Trail #274 Blue Lake Hiker area description
  • Trailhead: Blue Lake Hiker
  • Trail #275 Kraus Ridge
  • Trail #276 Yozoo
  • Trail #283 Rough
  • Trail #292: Mosquito Meadows
  • Trail #293 High Bridge
  • Trail #294 Tongue Mountain
  • Trail #41 Crossover
  • Trail #42 Kincaid area description
  • Trailhead: Kincaid
  • Trail #43 Jug Lake
  • Trail #44 Cowlitz
  • Trail #45 Pot Hole
  • Trail #56 Dumbbell Lake
  • Trail #57 Cortright Creek area description
  • Trailhead: Cortright
  • Trail #60 Sand Lake area description
  • Trailhead: Sand Lake
  • Trail #61 Clear Fork area description
  • Trailhead: Clear Fork
  • Trail #65 Bluff Lake area description
  • Trailhead: Bluff Lake
  • Trail #69 Three Peaks area description
  • Trailhead: Three Peaks
  • Trail #7 Klickitat area description
  • Trail #76 Clear Lost area description
  • Trailhead: Clear Lost
  • Trail #78 Packwood Lake area description
  • Trailhead: Packwood Lake
  • Trail #79 Coyote
  • Trail #7A Klickitat Loop
  • Trail #81 Upper Lake Creek
  • Trail #86 Lily Basin area description
  • Trailhead: Lily Basin
  • Trail #89 Glacier Lake area description
  • Trailhead: Glacier Lake
  • Trail #94 Jordan Creek area description
  • Trailhead: Jordan Creek
  • Trail #95 Goat Ridge
  • Trail #96 Snowgrass area description
  • Trailhead: Snowgrass for hikers
  • Trail #97 Bypass
  • Trail #98 Nannie Ridge
  • Trailhead: Blue Lake ORV
  • Trailhead: Elk Pass/Boundary Trail
  • Trailhead: Lily Basin Stock
  • Trailhead: Midway Pacific Crest
  • Mt. Adams area area description
  • Campground: Crest Camp/Trailhead
  • Campground: Little Goose Horse Camp
  • Campground: Morrison Creek
  • Campground: Peterson Prairie area description
  • Campground: Peterson Prairie Group Camp
  • Dark Divide Roadless Area area description
  • Trail #5 & #5B Quartz Creek & Quartz Creek Butte
  • Campground: Cultus Creek
  • Horse Camp: Falls Creek
  • Lewis River Valley area description
  • Campground: Tillicum
  • Horse Camp: Lewis River
  • Trail #24 Bluff
  • Trail #10 High Camp
  • Trail #102 Filloon area description
  • Trail #107 Sawtooth
  • Trail #108 Cultus Creek area description
  • Trailhead: Cultus Creek
  • Trail #11 Snipes Mountain area description
  • Trailhead: Snipes Mountain
  • Trail #111 Thomas Lake area description
  • Trail #112 Divide Camp area description
  • Trailhead: Divide Camp
  • Trail #113 Killen Creek area description
  • Trailhead: Killen Creek
  • Trail #114 High Line
  • Trail #12 Stagman Ridge area description
  • Trail #129 Huffman Peak
  • Trail #13 Muddy Meadows area description
  • Trailhead: Muddy Meadows
  • Trail #130 Siouxon area description
  • Trail #132 Observation
  • Trail #132A Observation Peak
  • Trail #132B Shortcut
  • Trail #133 Soda Peaks Lake area description
  • Trailhead: Soda Peaks
  • Trail #135 Big Huckleberry
  • Trail #139 East Fork
  • Trail #140 Horseshoe Ridge
  • Trail #146 Grassy Knoll area description
  • Trailhead: Grassy Knoll
  • Trail #148 Snofoot
  • Trail #149A Cedar Creek
  • Trail #150 Snofoot
  • Trail #151 Valley Ski Trail
  • Trail #152 Falls Creek area description
  • Trail #153 Paradise Hills
  • Trail #156 Wildcat
  • Trail #157 McClellan Meadows area description
  • Trail #158 Big Hollow area description
  • Trail #16 Shorthorn
  • Trail #17 Stabler Camp
  • Trail #171 Indian Race Track area description
  • Trailhead: Indian Race Track - North
  • Trail #171A Shortcut
  • Trail #172 Bluff Mountain
  • Trail #173 Summit Springs
  • Trail #175 Starway
  • Trail #176 Elk Lake
  • Trail #179 Lemei Lake
  • Trail #18 Table Mountain
  • Trail #180B Chinook
  • Trail #180C Sturgeon Rock
  • Trail #180F Pyramid Rock
  • Trail #183 South Climb area description
  • Trailhead: South Climb
  • Trail #185 Wood Lake
  • Trail #192.1 Trapper Creek area description
  • Trailhead: Trapper Creek
  • Trail #192.2 Trapper Creek
  • Trail #194 Dry Creek
  • Trail #195 Big Slide Primitive
  • Trail #198 Sunshine Primitive Trail
  • Trail #2 Summit Prairie
  • Trail #2000 Pacific Crest, Mt. Adams area
  • Trail #202 Rim Primitive Trail
  • Trail #209: Deer Cutoff Primitive Trail
  • Trail #21 Squaw Butte
  • Trail #26 Middle area description
  • Trail #29 Placid Lake
  • Trail #29A Chenamus Lake
  • Trail #3 Craggy Peak
  • Trail #30 & #30A Spencer Butte & Breezy Point area description
  • Trail #31 Lewis River area description
  • Trail #31 Lewis River, Curly Creek to Lower Falls
  • Trailhead: Middle Falls
  • Trail #33 Indian Heaven
  • Trail #33A Deep Lake
  • Trail #34 Lemei area description
  • Trailhead: Lemei
  • Trail #34A Wapiki Lake
  • Trail #35 Service area description
  • Trailhead: Service
  • Trail #4 Snagtooth
  • Trail #48 East Crater area description
  • Trailhead: East Crater
  • Trail #52 Monte Carlo area description
  • Trailhead: Monte Carlo-Lower
  • Trail #53 Monte Cristo area description
  • Trail #54 Buck Creek area description
  • Trailhead: Buck Creek-Lower
  • Trail #55 Tombstone Lake
  • Trail #5C: French Creek
  • Trail #71 Pine-Way area description
  • Trailhead: Pine-Way
  • Trail #72 Cold Springs
  • Trail #75 Salt Creek area description
  • Trailhead: Salt Creek
  • Trail #80 Wright Meadow area description
  • Trail #9 Round-the-Mountain
  • Trail #9A Looking Glass Lake
  • Trail: Hard Time Loop (X-Country Ski )
  • Trailhead: #200088 FR 88 Pacific Crest Trail
  • Trailhead: Indian Race Track - South
  • Trailhead: Mosquito-PCNST #2000
  • Trailhead: Observation Peak
  • Trailhead: Potato Hill - Pacific Crest Trail #2000
  • Trailhead: Sawtooth
  • Trailhead: Williams Mine
  • Trails #180 & #180D Silver Star & Summit area description
  • Wilderness areas area description
  • Wilderness: Glacier View
  • Wilderness: Goat Rocks - Gifford Pinchot
  • Wilderness: Indian Heaven
  • Wilderness: Mount Adams area description
  • Wilderness: Tatoosh
  • Wilderness: Trapper Creek
  • Wilderness: William O. Douglas - Gifford Pinchot