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


Located in Southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1,368,300 acres including the 110,000 acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has something for everyone. Read more...


Goat Rocks photo Mt Adams Photo Garth Smelser and Diana Perez Forest Supervisor janine Clayton in Front of Forest Headquarters Sign

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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


Huckleberry Picking Permits

Cup of huckleberries

Huckleberry season brings many visitors to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest where some of the best berry-picking is found in the Pacific Northwest.  Information is provided to increase your enjoyment and appreciation of the huckleberry fields on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Please take a moment to learn about the rules, history and culture of berry picking.  

"Disappearing Lake" Update

Shows South Prairie during summer when dry.

As of May 9th, 2014, the “Disappearing Lake” (labeled South Prairie on Gifford Pinchot National Forest maps) is full of water and is accessible from the west but is not yet accessible from Trout Lake due to snow over the roads.

South Prairie a unique place that is a lake in the late winter and spring, but drains quickly to form an expansive dry meadow.  Read more

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Fee-Free Days 2014

Shows fee free days on National Forests - Jan. 2, Feb. 15-17, June 7

Applies to day-use fees at recreation sites like picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions will not be waived.


rainbow in spawning colors

Gifford Pinchot National Forest and local partners will host FREE fishing events for kids and their families on June 7 and June 14.


Accessible Adventures on the GPNF

Shows wheelchair visitor using forest

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

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A Suprise Lake at Sawtooth Berry Fields in Fall colors

Watch this dramatic video about all of your Pacific Northwest National Forests. 

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