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


Cougar Creek Fire is currently burning on the Mount Adams Ranger District on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  For the sake of public safely, the Mount Adams Wilderness, including the South Climb route is CLOSED to all public entry.

For updates, a map of the area within the Mount Adams Ranger District that is closed to the public, and the Forest Closure Order visit:


View of Mount St. Helens



Located in Southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1,368,300 acres of forests, mountains, river valleys, waterfalls, wildernesses, and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.  The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has something for everyone. 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.

Forest Information

Valuing People & Place, a look back at 2014

Graphic: 2014 highlights. Select photo to download our highlight report.Working with our valuable partners, communities, collaborators and volunteers we are better able to meet our mission of caring for the land and serving people. Take a look back at our accomplishments together in 2014 and check out our 2014 Forest Facts.

Recent News


Wapiki Lake, Lemei Rock trail a climb, but worth the effort

Wapiki Lake

Columbian outdoors reporter tells his story about visiting Wapiki Lake in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.

Accessible Adventures

Shows wheelchair visitor using forest

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


Reserve your spot at Lower Falls Campground!

Lower Falls on the Lewis River.

Find out how you can reserve your campsite at Lower Falls Campground online.

Special Week Long Events at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Check out your opportunities to get involved with upcoming Leave No Trace activities on the monument!

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