The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is located in the south central part of Washington state.
Where is this Forest?


Riders in Goat Rocks Wilderness


Located in Southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1,368,300 acres of forests, mountains, river valleys, waterfalls, wildernesses, and volcanoes.  Geographically the forest is divided into the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, the Mount Adams Ranger District, and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.  Learn more about the forest

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Go Camping! Link to camping information on the forest. Got a Map? Link to available maps for the forest.
Go Hiking! Link to hiking opportunities on the forest. Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sites.

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Mountain Goats on Mount St. Helens

Mountain goat

Mountain goats make their home on Mount St. Helens and in the Mount Margaret Backcountry!  Find out how scientists are monitoring this iconic animal.

Cultivating Forest Service Wilderness Stewards

Wilderness Steward Volunteers

Some incredible and talented people work for wilderness preservation. In June a group of volunteers learned a bit more about how to be wilderness stewards on the forest.


Featured Hike: Nice views wait atop Badger Peak

Spotlight: Badger Peak

Discover Badger Peak with The Columbian.

Accessible Adventures

Shows wheelchair visitor using forest

Learn more about premier accessible recreation sites on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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