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


New Open Season for Temporary Outfitting-Guiding Permits

Mt. Adams Hydrologist Bengt Coffin shows students nitrogen fixing root nodules

Gifford Pinchot National Forest will soon offer opportunities for local businesses to provide outfitter and guiding services on the Forest.  The GPNF is offering an open season for outfitters and guides to submit proposals for temporary permits to conduct outfitter and guiding activities during the 2015 calendar year. Temporary permits authorize short-term outfitting and guiding use, up to a maximum of 200 service days, in a 180 calendar day period. Proposals for temporary permits must be submitted during the GPNF open season scheduled from November 1 through December 15, 2014.

National Public Lands Day - Sept 27, 2014

Eagle Scout Project at Mount St. Helens

The Mount St. Helens Institute, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and Washington Trails Association are hosting a grand opening of the Volcano View Point Trail in celebration of 21 years of National Public Lands Day. Volunteers are needed for this year’s National Public Lands Day event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday September 27, 2014 at Kalama Horse Camp. Kalama Horse Camp is located on Forest Road 81, just north of Cougar, WA. 

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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.


Visit Your Pacific NW National Forests

A Suprise Lake at Sawtooth Berry Fields in Fall colors

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

Weed Rodeo 2013

Weed Rodeo Round-Up

Come join us Saturday June 29th 10am to 4pm for our Annual Weed Rodeo and help round up some of the invasive plant species at Mount St. Helens. 

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