Recreation

William O. Douglas Wilderness.

Whether you seek solitude, social activity, creative inspiration, wildlife, forest products or scenic beauty, you can find it in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. 

Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest now encompasses 1,312,000 acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (NVM) established by Congress in 1982.

Recreation sites on the forest are organized into three main administrative areas:

Site Conditions: Jump to Recreation Conditions Report

Reservations: Online reservations at Recreation.gov.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Boating Site: Goose Lake Closed to Visitor
Boating Site: Mosquito Lakes Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Dam removed.
Campground: Adams Fork Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Atkisson Group Camp Closed to Visitor Closed and gated.
Campground: Beaver Closed to Visitor 9/21/2014 Closed and gated.
Campground: Big Creek Closed to Visitor 09/16/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Blue Lake Creek Closed to Visitor 09/14/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Canyon Creek Closed to Visitor 10/06/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Coho Group Camp Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Crest Camp/Trailhead Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Cultus Creek Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Forlorn Lakes Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Goose Lake Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Government Mineral Springs Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Horseshoe Lake Closed to Visitor 09/14/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Iron Creek Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Killen Creek Closed to Visitor 09/16/2014: Campground is closed for the season.
Campground: La Wis Wis Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season. After being closed in 2014 due to hazard trees, the La Wis Wis Campground Hatchery Loop (H Loop) may be opened again in 2015. The Forest Service is working to address fire hazard concerns resulting from slash created by tree falling and removal. At this time, we hope to be able to open most of the camp units in the H Loop in time for the 4th of July weekend. Reservations may not be available. The interior areas of the Loop have been substantially modified. Please call the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for more information.
Campground: Little Goose Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Little Goose Horse Camp Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Lower Falls Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014: Closed and gated.
Campground: Morrison Creek Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Moss Creek Closed to Visitor 9/14/2014 Closed and gated.
Campground: North Fork Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season. A portion of the campground has been decomissioned due to hazards posed by phellinus infection in trees in the area. Reservations through recreation.gov
Campground: North Fork Group Camp Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Oklahoma Closed to Visitor 9/14/2014 Closed and gated.
Campground: Olallie Lake Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Panther Creek Closed to Visitor 9/14/2014 Closed and gated.
Campground: Paradise Creek Closed to Visitor 9/14/2014 Closed and gated.
Campground: Peterson Prairie Closed to Visitor 12/1/2014: Closed and gated for the season.
Campground: Peterson Prairie Group Camp Closed to Visitor
Campground: Smokey Creek Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Sunset Campground and Day Use Open to Visitor
Campground: Takhlakh Lake Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Tillicum Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Tower Rock Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Trout Lake Creek Closed to Visitor 12/1/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Twin Falls Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed for the season.
Campground: Walupt Lake Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Campground: Wicky Shelter Closed to Visitor
Cowlitz Valley area Open to Visitor
Dark Divide Roadless Area Open to Visitor
Forest Road 20 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open to snowline at MP 8.1 (as of 4-7-15). Road is generally in good condition.
Forest Road 21 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Passable all the way through unless blocked temporarily by late-winter snows.
Forest Road 2150 Closed to Visitor 04/2015: No access yet to Berry Patch, Snograss Trailhead.
Forest Road 23 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open 
Forest Road 2329    04/17/2015:
Forest Road 24 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Forest Road 25 Closed to Visitor 04/2015: Gated
Forest Road 26 Closed to Visitor 04/2015: The road is gated at mile post 12.3 before Ryan Lake and is expected to reopen in mid-May.
Forest Road 2750 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open
Forest Road 28 Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: The snow level is approximately 2500'.
Forest Road 30/Wind River Highway Open to Visitor 04/17/2015:
Forest Road 41 Open to Visitor 06/06/2014: Open
Forest Road 4109 Open to Visitor 07/19/2014: High clearance vehicles only. Road is rough and in bad shape.
Forest Road 42 Open to Visitor 06/14/2014: Open. CAUTION!!! Sink-hole at Mile-post 8
Forest Road 48 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open, snow level approximately 3500'. High Clearance 4X4 required.
Forest Road 51/Curley Creek Cut-off Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Open
Forest Road 52/Skate Creek Road Open to Visitor 04/2015: No snow.
Forest Road 54/Canyon Creek Open to Visitor 07/19/2014: Open. High clearance vehicles only. MP 26 and 28 marked slide and hole in road.
Forest Road 56 Open to Visitor
Forest Road 5603 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open unless temporary snow closures for late winter snows.
Forest Road 5701 Open to Visitor 06/26/2014: Open
Forest Road 59 Open to Visitor 04//2015: Open, snow level approximately 3500'. High clearance recommended. Narrow road in places.
Forest Road 60 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Forest Road 63 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open. Snow level approximately 3500'. Use caution; rock debris on road.
Forest Road 65    02/11/2015: No information available.
Forest Road 66 Open to Visitor 04/14/2015: Be cautious of the sink-hole when heading southbound.
Forest Road 75 Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Open for 5.5 miles to washout.
Forest Road 76 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open
Forest Road 80 and 8040 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Road is bare until just before the Cold Springs. Report of 6 to 12 inches of snow in parking lot a few days ago. Snow is melting fast.
Forest Road 81 Open to Visitor 04/2015: No snow at Cougar Snow Park. Forest Road 81 is currently open. Road to Climber's Bivouac is expected to reopen in mid-May.
Forest Road 82 / 8225 Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Forest Road 82 is open to Smith Butte. Forest Road 8225 is open to Gotchen Guard Station but muddy.
Forest Road 83 Sno-Parks Open to Visitor 04/2015: No Snow. Forest Road 83 is open. Road 8303 is open to Ape Cave, 8303 past Ape Cave to reopen mid-April.
Forest Road 84 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open unless closed by late winter snows.
Forest Road 85 Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Open. Snow level approximately 2500'. 4WD recommended.
Forest Road 88 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Forest Road 8810 is open to Sleeping Beauty Trailhead.
Forest Road 90 Open to Visitor 02/18/2015: Open
Forest Road 93 Open to Visitor 06/05/2014: Open
Forest Road 99 Closed to Visitor 04/2015:  Forest Road 99 is gated at its junction with Forest Road 25 and is expected to reopen in mid-May
Horse Camp: Cody Closed to Visitor 11/07/2014: Closed for the season.
Horse Camp: Falls Creek Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed.
Horse Camp: Keenes Closed to Visitor 09/16/2014: Closed for the season.
Horse Camp: Lewis River Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014: Closed
Horse Camp: Mt. Adams Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed.
Horse Camp: Walupt Closed to Visitor 09/16/2014: Closed for the season.
Huckleberry Access Open to Visitor 07/19/2014: Open
Interpretive Site: Basket Tree Open to Visitor 05/22/2014: Open
Interpretive Site: Berry Fields Open to Visitor 07/19/2014: Open
Interpretive Site: Big Tree Open to Visitor 04/17/2014: Open
Interpretive Site: Layser Cave Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Open
Interpretive Site: Monument Entry Road 99 Closed to Visitor 06/30/14:  Open
Interpretive Site: Peterson Prairie Open to Visitor 05/22/2014: Open
Interpretive Site: Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Open. Access to one of the most interesting and accessible hikes on the forest.
Lewis River Open to Visitor 03/26/2014: Conditions unknown. Check Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife regulations for fishing season and rules.
Lewis River Valley Open to Visitor
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Open to Visitor
Mt. Adams Summit Open to Visitor Mt. Adams Climbing Conditions Report
Mt. Adams area Open to Visitor 05/21/2014: Open
Observation Site: McClellan Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed, latrine locked.
Observation Site: Mt. Rainier-Goat Rocks Closed to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Observation Site: Palisades Closed to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Recreation Rental: Gov. Mineral Springs Cabin Open to Visitor Please remember to turn off the heaters, oven, and lamps when you leave. When snow is present all visitors must park at the sno-park. A Washington Sno-park permit is required.
Recreation Rental: Peterson Prairie Guard Station Closed to Visitor 03/26/2014: Sadly, this structure burned to the ground on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. The Mount Adams Institute is seeking donations to move an existing historic building to the site. Clean up is the first step. Please stay clear of the Guard Station remains.
Rivers and Streams Open to Visitor 03/26/2014: Conditions unknown. Check WDFW regulations for fishing season and rules.
Site: Coldwater Lake Picnic And Boating Open to Visitor 09/20/2013: Open
Site: Hemlock Picnic Area Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed.
Site: Ice Cave Picnic Area Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Can access the cave, no fee or pass necessary. Picnic area is closed.
Site: Iron Creek Picnic Area Open to Visitor 07/26/2014: Open
Site: La Wis Wis Picnic Area Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Site: Lower Falls Day Use Closed to Visitor
Site: Takhlakh Day Use Area Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Site: Wakepish Picnic Area Closed to Visitor 07/26/2014: Closed
Site: Walupt Lake Day Use Picnic Area Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Atkisson Open to Visitor 02/19/2015: No snow at Atkisson Sno-Park. See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Flattop Open to Visitor No snow at Flattop Sno-Park.  A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Government Mineral Springs Open to Visitor 02/19/2015: No snow at Government Mineral Springs. Washington State Sno-Park Permits are required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Johnson Creek Open to Visitor 03/17/2015: Closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Koshko Open to Visitor 02/19/2015: No snow at Koshko Sno-Park. See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Lone Butte Open to Visitor 02/19/2015: No snow at Lone Butte Sno-Park. FR 30 to Lone Butte Sno-Park has been plowed. See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades)which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: McClellan Meadows Open to Visitor 02/19/2015: No snow at McClellan Sno-Park. See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades)which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Old Man Pass Open to Visitor 02/19/2015: No snow at Old Man Pass Sno-Park. Forest Road 30 is open to Lone Butte Sno-Park. See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Orr Creek Open to Visitor 03/17/2015: Closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Pineside Open to Visitor 02/19/2015: No snow at Pineside Sno-Park. See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Rush Creek Closed to Visitor 01/29/2015: Closed
Sno-Park: Skate Creek Closed to Visitor 03/17/2015: Closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Smith Butte Closed to Visitor 02/19/2015: No snow at Smith Butte.
Sno-Park: SnowKing Open to Visitor 02/19/2015: No snow at SnowKing Sno-Park. It has been warm so most likely this snow has melted. See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Wakepish Open to Visitor 03/17/2015: Closed for the season.
Trail #1 Boundary    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'.
Trail #10 High Camp Closed to Visitor 04/15/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trail #101: Walupt Lake    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'.
Trail #102 Filloon    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #103 Ponderosa Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trail #104 Spacing Study Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trail #106 Hidden Lakes Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #107 Sawtooth    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #108 Cultus Creek    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #11 Snipes Mountain    04/15/2015: Lower portion of trail may be snow free below 4800 ft.
Trail #111 Thomas Lake    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #112 Divide Camp Closed to Visitor 04/15/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trail #113 Killen Creek Closed to Visitor 04/15/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trail #114 High Line Closed to Visitor 04/15/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trail #12 Stagman Ridge    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #122 North Fork    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #124 Paradise Open to Visitor 07/22/2014: Trail open.
Trail #125 Dry Creek Closed to Visitor
Trail #129 Huffman Peak Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open Logged out.
Trail #13 Muddy Meadows Closed to Visitor 2/10/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #130 Siouxon Open to Visitor 04/15//2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #131 River Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'. Trail is very overgrown and signs are missing.
Trail #132 Observation Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open and trail mostly cleared.
Trail #132A Observation Peak Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open
Trail #133 Soda Peaks Lake Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open and logged out.
Trail #135 Big Huckleberry    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #137 Panther Creek Falls Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #14 Steamboat Viewpoint    04/15/2015:
Trail #145 Bunker Hill Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Trail is open.
Trail #146 Grassy Knoll Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: No recent report
Trail #149A Cedar Creek Open to Visitor
Trail #15 Peeled Cedar Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trail #152 Falls Creek Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open
Trail #152A Falls Creek Falls Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open
Trail #153 Paradise Hills Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #155 West Crater Open to Visitor
Trail #156 Wildcat Open to Visitor 06/05/2014: Open
Trail #157 McClellan Meadows    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #158 Big Hollow    04/15/2015: Conditions unknown.
Trail #159 Terminator Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open. Not maintained.
Trail #16 Shorthorn Closed to Visitor 04/15/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trail #164 Backbone Lake Closed to Visitor 1/20/2015: Trail #164 is not accessible from Forest Road 1270 due to removal of Jody's bridge. There are no immediate plans to replace the bridge.
Trail #171 Indian Race Track    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #171A Shortcut    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #172 Bluff Mountain Open to Visitor 06/06/2014: Open
Trail #174 Sunset Falls Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trail #176 Elk Lake    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #179 Lemei Lake    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #18 Table Mountain Open to Visitor 06/26/2014: Open. Expect snow above 4,000 ft. elevation.
Trail #180A Ed's Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #180B Chinook Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #180C Sturgeon Rock Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #180E Indian Pits    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #183 South Climb Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Road accessible to Cold Springs trailhead. Spring snow may cause conditions to vary. See Climbing Report for further information.
Trail #185 Wood Lake    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #187 Iron Creek Campground Loop Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #19 Cussed Hollow    04/15/2015: Conditions unknown.
Trail #192.1 Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 04/15/2015:
Trail #192.2 Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Use caution when crossing bridge by Hidden Creek. Bridge is slippery.
Trail #194 Dry Creek Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Trail is logged out.
Trail #195 Big Slide Primitive Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trail #198 Sunshine Primitive Trail Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open. Not maintained, can be difficult to follow.
Trail #200 Lava Butte Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trail #2000 Pacific Crest, Mt. Adams Vicinity Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #2000 Pacific Crest, William O. Douglas    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #2000: Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500' Trail closed to stock. Hikers report a washout south of Cispus Pass from the recent heavy rains. Travel is hazardous for hikers and impassable for stock between Sheep Lake and Snowgrass Flats. Snow level approximately 5000'.
Trail #202 Rim Primitive Trail Open to Visitor 06/05/2014: Open
Trail #205 Goat Creek Open to Visitor 11/07/2014: Open
Trail #209: Deer Cutoff Primitive Trail Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open. Logged out.
Trail #219 Quartz Creek Big Trees    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #228 Covel Creek Open to Visitor 2/24/2015: Open.  The trail currently has two bridges that have been removed.  The first crossing is over a dry creek channel and the second is over Covel Creek. Hikers should use discretion in finding alternative ways to cross. 
Trail #228A Covel Creek Falls Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500' Open, bridge closure on the trail.
Trail #228B Angel Falls Loop Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: There is a bridge closure on this trail. Down trees may be encountered on the trail.
Trail #247 Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500': Open
Trail #247A Oldgrowth Loop Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500': Open
Trail #26 Middle Closed to Visitor 4/13/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #260 Camp Creek Falls Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #266 High Rock    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #270 Valley Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'. Valley Trail 270 is closed to all motorized use from December 1 to April 1 for wildlife protection.
Trail #275 Kraus Ridge    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #29 Placid Lake    04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #290 Layser Cave Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #29A Chenamus Lake Open to Visitor
Trail #3 Craggy Peak Open to Visitor 06/26/2014: Open. expect snow above 4,000 feet elevation depending on aspect.
Trail #30 & #30A Spencer Butte & Breezy Point Open to Visitor 06/26/2014: Open. expect snow above 4,000 feet elevation depending on aspect.
Trail #31 Lewis River Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Approx. 150 feet of the trail has collapsed into the river between the Lower and Middle Falls. Please detour through Middle Falls Trailhead. Expect snow above 2500 feet. Trail is closed to stock-use because of safety concerns. The trail will remain closed for stock until repairs can be made. Trail is open for bicycle-use.
Trail #31 Lewis River, Curly Creek TH to LFRA Open to Visitor 04/17/2015:
Trail #31 Lewis River, LFRA to QCF Trail #5 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015:
Trail #31A Curly Creek and Miller Creek Falls    012/08/2014: Expect snow above 2500 feet.
Trail #31C Middle Falls Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Open
Trail #33 Indian Heaven Closed to Visitor 02/19/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #33A Deep Lake Closed to Visitor 02/19/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #34 Lemei    02/19/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #34A Wapiki Lake    02/11/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #35 Service Closed to Visitor 02/19/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #37 Sleeping Beauty Peak Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Trail #38 Wicky Creek Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #39 Morrison Creek Open to Visitor 02/19/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #39A Wicky Shelter Open to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #40 Gotchen Creek    4/13/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Check with the Ranger District office.
Trail #48 East Crater Closed to Visitor 11/26/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #49 Little Huckleberry Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #51 Big Tree Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #52 Monte Carlo Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #53 Monte Cristo Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #54 Buck Creek Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Open
Trail #54A White Salmon River Open to Visitor Not maintained.
Trail #55 Tombstone Lake Closed to Visitor 11/26/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #59 Whistle Punk Open to Visitor 11/26/2014: Open
Trail #64 Riley Camp Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #64A Riley South Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #65 Bluff Lake Closed to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500': This trailhead is inaccessible due to a washout on Road 4612.
Trail #67 Hand Shake Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trail #70 Steamboat Lake Closed to Visitor
Trail #71 Pine-Way Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #72 Cold Springs Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #73 Crofton Butte Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #74 Pipeline Road    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #75 Salt Creek Closed to Visitor 02/19/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #78 Packwood Lake    11/07/2014 : Open, conditions unknown. No Northwest Forest Pass required for the winter season.
Trail #8 Langfield Falls Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #80 Wright Meadow Open to Visitor 06/26/2014: Open. expect snow above 4,000 feet elevation depending on aspect.
Trail #83 Iron Creek Oldgrowth Open to Visitor 12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trail #9 Round-the-Mountain Closed to Visitor 02/11/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trail #9A Looking Glass Lake Closed to Visitor 02/19/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: #200088 FR 88 Pacific Crest Trail    12/08/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Berry Patch Closed to Visitor 12/29/2014: 
Trailhead: Big Hollow    12/08/2014: Unknown
Trailhead: Buck Creek-Lower Open to Visitor 04/17/2015:
Trailhead: Coleman Weedpatch    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trailhead: Crofton Ridge East Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Crofton Ridge West Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Cultus Creek Open to Visitor 04/17/2015:
Trailhead: Curly Creek Falls    4/13/2015: No recent report
Trailhead: Divide Camp Closed to Visitor 02/11/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: East Crater Open to Visitor 04/17/2015:
Trailhead: Falls Creek Open to Visitor 04/17/2015:
Trailhead: Falls Creek Falls Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Trailhead: Filloon Open to Visitor 04/17/2015:
Trailhead: Grassy Knoll Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Indian Race Track Closed to Visitor 02/11/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Indian Race Track - South Closed to Visitor 02/11/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Killen Creek Closed to Visitor 02/11/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Langfield Falls Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Trailhead: Lemei Closed to Visitor 02/11/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Lewis River/Quartz Creek Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Open
Trailhead: Little Huckleberry Open to Visitor 04/017/2015:
Trailhead: Lower Gotchen Creek (FR 8020) Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Forest Road 8225 is open to Trailhead.
Trailhead: McClellan Meadows-Lower    12/08/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: McClellan Meadows-Upper    12/08/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Middle Falls Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Open
Trailhead: Middle Trail (Lower) Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Open
Trailhead: Middle Trail (Upper)    12/08/2014: Expect snow above 2500 feet.
Trailhead: Monte Carlo-Lower Open to Visitor
Trailhead: Monte Carlo-Upper Open to Visitor
Trailhead: Monte Cristo-Lower Open to Visitor
Trailhead: Monte Cristo-Upper Open to Visitor
Trailhead: Mosquito-PCNST #2000 Closed to Visitor 4/13/2015: No recent report.
Trailhead: Muddy Meadows Closed to Visitor 2/10/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trailhead: Natural Bridges Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Observation Peak    02/11/2015: Conditions unknown.
Trailhead: Packwood Lake    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trailhead: Pine-Way Closed to Visitor 11/26/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Potato Hill - Pacific Crest Trail #2000 Closed to Visitor 02/19/2015: Closed
Trailhead: Salt Creek    02/11/2015: Unknown
Trailhead: Sawtooth Open to Visitor
Trailhead: Service Closed to Visitor 02/11/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Silver Star Open to Visitor
Trailhead: Siouxon Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trailhead: Sleeping Beauty Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Forest Road 8810 to the Sleeping Beauty Trailhead is open. Some patchy snow on trail.
Trailhead: Snipes Mountain Open to Visitor 02/11/2015: Forest Road 8225 is open but muddy to Trailhead.
Trailhead: Snowgrass for hikers    12/29/2014: Snow level approximately 2500'
Trailhead: Soda Peaks Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open.
Trailhead: South Climb Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Trailhead: Stagman Ridge Open to Visitor 08/08/2014: Open
Trailhead: Thomas Lake Open to Visitor 06/05/2014: Open
Trailhead: Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trailhead: Trout Creek Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trailhead: Upper Gotchen Creek (FR 8040) Open to Visitor
Trailhead: Whistle Punk Open to Visitor 05/23/2014: Open
Trailhead: Williams Mine Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Trailhead: Wright Meadows Open to Visitor 06/26/2014: Open. Expect snow on trails above 4,000 feet elevation, depending on aspect.
Trails #180 & #180D Silver Star & Summit Open to Visitor 4/15/2015: Open
Upper Cispus River Open to Visitor 03/26/2014: Check: DFW regulations for fishing season and rules.
Wilderness areas    06/05/2014: See individual wilderness for current conditions
Wilderness: Glacier View Open to Visitor 07/29/2014: The trails are snow free but have not been maintained yet this year.
Wilderness: Goat Rocks - Gifford Pinchot Open to Visitor 07/29/2014: Most of the Goat Rocks is snow free, with the exception of some snow at Goat Lake and the lake is still frozen. On the PCT south of Old Snowy there is a snow field on the trail.
Wilderness: Indian Heaven Open to Visitor 08/08/2014: Open
Wilderness: Mount Adams Open to Visitor
Wilderness: Tatoosh Open to Visitor 07/29/2014: The trail is mostly snow free with the exception of a snow field between the lakes trail junction and the lookout trail junction.
Wilderness: Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 08/08/2014: Open
Wilderness: William O. Douglas - Gifford Pinchot Open to Visitor 07/29/2014: The William O'Douglas Wilderness is mostly snow free. Trails have not all been maintained yet.

Spotlights

Trail #183 South Climb

This Trail Open to Hiker and Equestrian Use.

This heavily used trail provides access to the South Climb of Mt. Adams in the Mt. Adams Wilderness. Initially the trail follows an old road bed through forest and meadows to the timber line. Then it crosses the Morrison Creek drainage through scree. This section of the trail is marked by tall poles mounted in rock carins. The trail goes up the ridge running along Cresent Glacier and follows this ridge to the snow field where the marked trail ends. From this point mountain climbers continue up the snow field to lunch counter, Pikers Peak and the summitt. This is not a technically challenging climb, but it takes climbers at least 6 to 8 hours to ascend the nearly 6,700 vertical feet across snow and rock to reach the 12,276 summit of Mt. Adams. On the trail there are views of the surrounding area including Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. Wildflowers bloom in the meadows and vegetated areas above tree line in season. 

See: Mt Adams Climbing Information.

Forest Road 51/Curley Creek Cut-off

This short road is very popular, connecting FR 90 along the Lewis River with FR 30 along the Wind River. A scenic drive from Carson or Cougar will bring you through the center of the southern end of the forest accessing all the Lewis and Wind river attractions, Government Mineral Springs, Trapper Creek and Indian Heaven wildernesses, and many other destinations.

Site: Iron Creek Picnic Area

The area consists of very tall old growth trees on basically flat terrain of lush vegetation and room to roam. One of the first recreation sites reached when heading into the forest south from Randle, WA on Forest Road 25. The picnic area is set among a majestic forest glen along the Cispus River. The picnic area is American Disabilities Act barrier-free.

Nearby Recreation Sites

Accessible Adventures Video

Trail #59 Whistle Punk

This Trail Open to Hikers Only.

This trail is a barrier-free interpretive trail that tells the story of forest management from a historical perspective. The trail surface i crushed compacted gravel, 48 inches wide with turnouts and resting benches.  It access a march viewing platform where various bird species can be heard and seen. 

Accessible Adventures Video

Trail #130 Siouxon

This 12 mile trail runs along and crosses on rustic log bridges or fords many creeks. It offers views of spectactular waterfalls including Horseshoe Falls. At the start of the trail it p asses the ruins of Hickman 's Cabin built in the 1930's and used as a base camp for fire prevention workers. The Siouxon Trail connects with Huffman Peak Trail #129, Horseshoe Ridge Trail # 140, Chinook Creek Trail #130A and Wildcat Trail # 156.

From the first access point on below the first switchback on Forest Road 5701, the trail parallels the road and passes the ruins of Hickman's Cabin. This moss-covered shelter, built in the 1930s, served as a base camp for fire prevention workers. Continuing, the trail intersects Huffman Peak Trail #129, 0.8 mile from the trailhead. Three creeks are crossed before the trail comes to the second access point, near the end of Forest Road 5701 and the second access point to Siouxon Trail. From here the trail drops steeply to West Creek, where a log bridge spans the stream. Following Siouxon Creek to Horseshoe Creek, you can view Horseshoe Falls from the bridge or take the short 0.1 mile spur trail to get a view of the falls from below. The main trail then follows Siouxon Creek upstream for 1 mile, offering views of five major waterfalls and their plunge-pools. After intersecting Horseshoe Ridge Trail #140, the trail continues to the confluence of Siouxon and Wildcat Creeks. Here Wildcat Creek Trail #156 heads north towards Siouxon Peak. A short distance from the junction, the trail intersects Chinook Creek Trail #130A. The trail then gains 1900 ft. in elevation in the final 3 miles before ending on Forest Road 58.

Mt. Adams Summit

Mt Adams covered in snow and reflected in Tahklahk Lake

Mt. Adams, with its summit of 12,276 feet elevation, is the second highest peak in Washington State and the third highest peak in the Cascades Range. There are several climbing routes on the mountain, ranging from the "non-technical" South Climb, to highly technical routes that require advance skill, experience, and special equipment. Because of the high elevation, all climbs have a measure of difficulty and danger.

Weather on Mt. Adams can change rapidly. Sudden snowstorms can occur above 6,000 feet elevation at any month of the year. What appears to be a non-technical route can change drastically during these storms. Your safety will be the result of your preparation and good judgment. Climbers should always prepare for bad weather and an extended stay on the mountain.

All climbers need to be prepared to deal with a wide variety of weather, snow, and rock conditions. Detailed information on climbing routes is available from a number of climbing guidebooks. Consult these as you plan your trips. In addition to the ten essentials for outdoor recreation (map and compass, whistle, flashlight, extra food and water, warm clothing, a first-aid kit, sun glasses and sunscreen, waterproof matches, a candle or fire starter, and a pocket knife), equipment should include sturdy hiking boots, ice ax, crampons, and ropes when travelling on glaciers. Be prepared and know your limits.

Mt. Adams climbing routes and summit are within Mt. Adams Wilderness and is protected and managed to preserve its natural condition. It is to provide opportunities for solitude as well as primitive and unconfined types of recreation. Your actions will help all of us care for this unique area.