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: Scroll to Recreation Conditions Report below the map

Reservations: Online reservations at Recreation.gov.

 

Recreation Map

A map showing recreation areas.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Boating Site: Goose Lake Open to Visitor 5/25/2016: Rd. 60 is open from the East side coming from Trout Lake.
Boating Site: Mosquito Lakes Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Rd.88 is still snow covered. Dam has not been put in place yet this Spring.
Campground: Adams Fork Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: Open but there is a slide that is scheduled to be fixed on Friday 5/27 on Forest Road 21 that is currently only open to high clearance vehicles. Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. Campground is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Campground: Atkisson Group Camp Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Group camp not yet open for the season.
Campground: Beaver Open to Visitor 5/19/2016: Open for season.
Campground: Big Creek Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Closed for season.  Reopens in May 2016.
Campground: Blue Lake Creek Closed to Visitor 05/24/2016: Campground will be closed this year due to flood damaged roads. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Campground: Canyon Creek Open to Visitor 04/01/2016: Open for the season.
Campground: Coho Group Camp Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Closed for the winter.
Campground: Crest Camp/Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/23/2016: Road 60 is open to this location.
Campground: Cultus Creek Closed to Visitor 5/25/2016: Not accessible yet for season.
Campground: Forlorn Lakes Closed to Visitor 5/25/2016: Road is not yet accessible due to snow. Campground is not maintained in off season, but camping permitted.
Campground: Goose Lake Open to Visitor 5/25/2016: Campground will be opening Memorial Day weekend.
Campground: Government Mineral Springs Open to Visitor 3/31/2016 Campground open and charging fees
Campground: Horseshoe Lake Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. Campground is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Campground: Iron Creek Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: Open
Campground: Killen Creek Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. Campground is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Campground: La Wis Wis Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: Open.
Campground: Little Goose Closed to Visitor 5/25/2016: Not yet open for season.
Campground: Little Goose Horse Camp Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Not yet open for season.
Campground: Lower Falls Open to Visitor 5/11/2016: Campground open on a first come, first serve basis until mid-May. Reservations can be made now for arrival dates after mid-May.
Campground: Morrison Creek Open to Visitor 5/23/2016: Open, but not yet maintained for season.
Campground: Moss Creek Open to Visitor 5/23/2016: Open.
Campground: North Fork Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: Open.  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 Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: Open.
Campground: Oklahoma Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Open.
Campground: Olallie Lake Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. Campground is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Campground: Panther Creek Open to Visitor 5/19/2016: Campground open for the season.
Campground: Paradise Creek Open to Visitor 5/19/2016: Campground scheduled to open for the season 5/19/2016.
Campground: Peterson Prairie Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Campground is scheduled to open for the season 6/12/2016.
Campground: Peterson Prairie Group Camp Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Group Camp is scheduled to open for the season 6/12/2016.
Campground: Smokey Creek Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Not yet open for the season.
Campground: Soda Spring Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: Open. No sevices available.
Campground: Summit Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: Open. No sevices available.
Campground: Sunset Falls Campground and Day Use Open to Visitor 4/28/16: Open year round.
Campground: Takhlakh Lake Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. Campground is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Campground: Tillicum Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Not yet open for the season.  
Campground: Tower Rock Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: Open.
Campground: Trout Lake Creek Open to Visitor 5/23/2016: Open. Be aware of washout on the loop road in campground.
Campground: Twin Falls Open to Visitor 4/28/2016: Not yet maintained for season, but camping permitted. Snow patches in camping area.
Campground: Walupt Lake Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. Campground is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Campground: Wicky Shelter Open to Visitor 4/28/2016: Road to Wicky shelter is now accessible.
Cowlitz Valley area Open to Visitor
Dark Divide Roadless Area Open to Visitor 4/28/2016: Not yet accessible.
Forest Road 20 Open to Visitor 11/13/2015: Slide at milepost 5.8 passable by high clearance 4X4.
Forest Road 21 Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: The road from Packwood is open. The road from Randle is not accessible due to flood damage. There is a small washout just south of the junction with Forest Road 2160 that is only passable by high clearance vehicles. This scheduled to be repaired on Friday 5/27/2016.  Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Forest Road 2150 Open to Visitor 05/17/2016: Closed by snow at milepost 2.8
Forest Road 23 Closed to Visitor 5/18/2016: Road is washed out at MP 12, MP 18 and MP 23.4 This part of the road will be closed indefinitely. Rd. 23 from Trout Lake to the West side of Mt. Adams (Takhlakh Lake area)will be open when the snow melts in June. This section of Rd. 23 is currently open to Rd. 90 intersection. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Forest Road 2329 Closed to Visitor 5/25/2016: The road still has snow at higher elevations. There is a washout just south of Keenes Horsecamp that is not passable. Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Forest Road 24 Open to Visitor 5/26/2016: Legally open but still partly snow covered past Peterson Prairie.
Forest Road 25    05/27/2016: FR25 is not open to through traffic.  From the north it is open to the Jct. of Rd.99 (Wakepish sno-park), but only one lane is now open. Please use caution when crossing the washout. From the south, the 25 is still impassible due to snow.  The entire road will likely open the first part of July.
Forest Road 26 Closed to Visitor 05/27/2016: Closed at milepost 8 due to washout. Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Forest Road 2750 Closed to Visitor 05/27/2016: Road is still considered impassable. Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Forest Road 28 Open to Visitor 05/27/2016: Closed at milepost 9 due to washout and slide.Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Forest Road 2801 Closed to Visitor 04/05/2016: The road will remain closed after April 1st for flood repair and public safety. Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Forest Road 30/Wind River Highway Open to Visitor 5/11/2016: Open.
Forest Road 41 Closed to Visitor
Forest Road 4109 Closed to Visitor 07/19/2014: High clearance vehicles only. Road is rough and in bad shape.
Forest Road 42 Closed to Visitor 06/14/2014: Open. CAUTION!!! Sink-hole at Mile-post 8
Forest Road 43 Open to Visitor 5/18/2016: Open.
Forest Road 48 Closed to Visitor 04/05/2016: Road is blocked by a slide. High Clearance 4X4 required.
Forest Road 51/Curley Creek Cut-off Open to Visitor 5/11/2016: Open
Forest Road 52/Skate Creek Road Open to Visitor 04/11/2016: Open
Forest Road 54/ Canyon Creek Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Closed due to snow.
Forest Road 56 Closed to Visitor 05/27/2016: There is a washout at the junction to Cody Horse Camp that is only accesible by high clearance 4x4.Horse trailers not recommended.Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.The road will remain inaccessible throughout the winter due to slides and washouts.
Forest Road 5603 Open to Visitor 04/05/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Forest Road 5701 Closed to Visitor
Forest Road 59 Open to Visitor 05/05/2016: Road is open for 5.6 miles and the closed by snow beyond there. High clearance recommended. Narrow road in places.
Forest Road 60    5/23/2016: Road now open to Goose Lake coming from Trout Lake. Rd. 60 is still blocked by snow 2 miles before Goose Lake on the West side coming from Carson and not completely passable to the lake yet. 
Forest Road 63 Open to Visitor 04/06/2016: Closed by a slide in the first couple of miles from the Randle side.  Use caution; rock debris on road. Possibility of snow and/or ice.
Forest Road 65 Open to Visitor 5/23/2016: Open. Be aware of washout on North side of Rd. 65 past Four Corners. This section is currently not recommended for travel due to road instability. Horse trailers will not be able to pass thru this washout. To reach Thomas Lake Trailhead #111, use FS Rd.6507. Call Mt. Adams Ranger District for current info. 509-395-3402.
Forest Road 66 Open to Visitor 5/17/2016: Open. The "disappearing lake" at South Prairie still has water, typically thru mid-June. Be cautious of the sink-hole on the paved section when heading southbound just after the pavement begins.
Forest Road 75 Open to Visitor 04/06/2016: Open, conditions unknown after the recent storm. Possibility of snow and/or ice. Open for 5.5 miles to washout.
Forest Road 76 Open to Visitor 04/06/2016: Open
Forest Road 80 and 8040 Open to Visitor 5/18/2016: FR 8040 is open to the South Climb trailhead. Snow still lingering in the parking area, please park carefully so other vehicles are not blocked in.
Forest Road 81 Open to Visitor 4/1/2016: Road has been opened for the season.
Forest Road 82 / 8225 Open to Visitor 5/18/2016: 82 Road is melted out.
Forest Road 84 Open to Visitor 05/25/2016: Road is washed out .2 miles past Forest Road 47 junction. Use not advised.
Forest Road 85 Open to Visitor 04/05/2016: Open to snowline. 4X4 recommended.
Forest Road 88 Closed to Visitor 5/18/2016: Road legally open but snow covered and not passable.  WARNING: Closed at MP 19.7 (North of Langfield Falls Trailhead/Big Tire Junction) due to washout.
Forest Road 90 Open to Visitor 5/11/2016: Open for the season from the West. Rd. 90 is not accessible yet from Rd. 23 due to snow.
Forest Road 93 Closed to Visitor
Horse Camp: Cody Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. Campground is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Horse Camp: Falls Creek Closed to Visitor 5/03/2016: WARNING: Road 65 has a washout and is not currently accessible for horse trailers.
Horse Camp: Keenes Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. Campground is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Horse Camp: Lewis River Open to Visitor 4/28/2016: Not yet maintained for season, but camping permitted.
Horse Camp: Mt. Adams Open to Visitor 5/05/2016: Open. Water available for stock use only.
Horse Camp: Walupt Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. Campground is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Huckleberry Access Closed to Visitor 5/26/2016: Roads are not yet accessible. Berries are typically ripe in August.
Interpretive Site: Basket Tree Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Not yet accessible.
Interpretive Site: Berry Fields Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Closed due to snow on roads.
Interpretive Site: Big Tree Open to Visitor 4/28/2016: Open. The Big Tree is suffering from bug kill.
Interpretive Site: Layser Cave Open to Visitor 04/05/2016: Open
Interpretive Site: Peterson Prairie Open to Visitor 5/26/2016: Rd. 24 is not yet accessible due to snow.
Interpretive Site: Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Open to Visitor 04/05/2016: Open. Access to one of the most interesting and accessible hikes on the forest. Trail has been cleared.
Lewis River Open to Visitor Check Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife regulations for fishing season and rules.
Lewis River Valley Open to Visitor 5/06/2016: FR 90 is open from the West and lower 10 miles of Lewis River Trail is open.
Monitor Ridge Climbing Route Closed to Visitor 05/26/2016: Climbers Bivouac is scheduled to open 5/28.  View the climbing update.
Mount Margaret Backcountry Closed to Visitor 05/27/2016: Still inaccessible due to snow. Forest Road 99 is closed.  Mount Margaret Backcountry Conditions Report.
Mount St. Helens area Open to Visitor 05/26/2016: Johnston Ridge Observatory is open 10 am to 6 pm daily. Pine Creek Information Center opens May 28th, 9 am to 6 pm. Windy Ridge and Forest Road 99 inaccessible until around July 1. Coldwater Science and Learning Center reopens to the public in November. Call Monument Headquarters for more information at (360) 449-7800.
Mt. Adams Summit Open to Visitor 5/25/2016: Road to South Climb trailhead #183 is melted out.  Parking is limited while snow is still melting out, please make sure your vehicle is parked in a place where it's not blocking traffic.
Observation Site: McClellan Open to Visitor
Observation Site: Mt. Rainier-Goat Rocks Open to Visitor 04/05/2016: Open
Observation Site: Palisades Open to Visitor 04/05/2016: Open
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 4/28/2016: Replacement cabin on site is under renovation. Please contact Mt. Adams Ranger District for updates 509-395-3402.
Rivers and Streams Closed to Visitor Check WDFW regulations for fishing season and rules.
Site: Hemlock Picnic Area Open to Visitor 4/20/2016: Open for use, but not yet maintained.
Site: Ice Cave Picnic Area Open to Visitor 5/13/2016: Picnic area not yet maintained for season.
Site: Iron Creek Picnic Area Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open
Site: La Wis Wis Picnic Area Open to Visitor 05/24/2016: Open.
Site: Lower Falls Day Use Open to Visitor 4/28/2016: Day Use area is open. Must have a NWFP to park in the day use area.
Site: Takhlakh Day Use Area Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. The site is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Site: Wakepish Picnic Area Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open
Site: Walupt Lake Day Use Picnic Area Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. The site is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Sno-Park: Atkisson Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Flattop Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Government Mineral Springs Closed to Visitor 4/1/16: Sno-Park closed for the season
Sno-Park: Koshko Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Lone Butte Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park closed for the season
Sno-Park: McClellan Meadows Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Oldman Pass Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Pineside Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Rush Creek Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park closed for the season.
Sno-Park: Smith Butte Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park is closed for the season.
Sno-Park: SnowKing Closed to Visitor 4/1/2016: Sno-Park closed for the season.
Trail #10 High Camp Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trails are not maintained in winter or early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #102 Filloon Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #103 Ponderosa Closed to Visitor
Trail #104 Spacing Study Closed to Visitor
Trail #106 Hidden Lakes Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #107 Sawtooth Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #108 Cultus Creek Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #11 Snipes Mountain Closed to Visitor 5/05/2016: Trail has not yet been maintained this season. Trailhead is typically accessible in late May.
Trail #111 Thomas Lake Open to Visitor 5/23/2016: Trailhead is only accessible by using FS Rd. 6507. (There is a washout on the North side of Rd. 65 past 4 Corners, not recommended for travel). Trail melted to Thomas Lake, but expect snow past that point.
Trail #112 Divide Camp Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #113 Killen Creek Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Trailhead is not accessible due to snow covered road. The road typically melts out mid-June.
Trail #114 High Line Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Closed due to snow. Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #12 Stagman Ridge Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Trailhead not yet accessible due to snow.
Trail #122 North Fork Open to Visitor 04/05/2016: Open.
Trail #124 Paradise Closed to Visitor
Trail #125 Dry Creek Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open, possibility of snow and/or ice.
Trail #129 Huffman Peak Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Expect snow at upper elevation.
Trail #13 Muddy Meadows Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #130 Siouxon Open to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trail has not yet been maintained this season.
Trail #132 Observation Open to Visitor 5/26/2016: Trail has not been maintained yet this spring.
Trail #132A Observation Peak Open to Visitor 5/26/2016: Trail has not been maintained yet this spring.
Trail #133 Soda Peaks Lake Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: 2 ft of snow at lake. Trail has not yet been maintained, expect several downed logs across trail.
Trail #134 Takhlakh Loop Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. The trail is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Trail #135 Big Huckleberry Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Not accessible yet. Trail has not been maintained yet this Spring.
Trail #137 Panther Creek Falls Open to Visitor 4/20/2016: Open.
Trail #14 Steamboat Viewpoint Closed to Visitor 12/18/2015: 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 #145 Bunker Hill    12/17/2015: Expect snow above 2,000 ft. 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 #146 Grassy Knoll Open to Visitor 5/13/2016: Trail has not been maintained yet this season. Expected to be cleared of downed logs soon.
Trail #149A Cedar Creek Closed to Visitor 12/18/2015: 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 #15 Peeled Cedar Closed to Visitor 12/18/2015: 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 #152 Falls Creek Open to Visitor 3/31/2016: Open. Trail cleared of downed trees.
Trail #152A Falls Creek Falls Open to Visitor 4/01/2016: Open. Trail to falls has been cleared of downed logs.
Trail #153 Paradise Hills Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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   
Trail #156 Wildcat   
Trail #157 McClellan Meadows    4/22/2016: Trail is snow covered. 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 Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Expect snow above 3,000 ft. 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 #159 Terminator   
Trail #16 Shorthorn Open to Visitor 5/26/2016: Expect snow at higher elevation on trail.
Trail #171 Indian Race Track Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Not yet accessible due to snow.
Trail #171A Shortcut Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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   
Trail #174 Sunset Falls Open to Visitor 04/22/2016: Open
Trail #176 Elk Lake Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Trail is not yet accessible due to snow.
Trail #179 Lemei Lake Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Trail is not yet accessible due to snow.
Trail #18 Table Mountain    4/22/2016: 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 #180A Ed's    4/22/2016: 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    4/22/2016: 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    12/18/2014: 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    12/18/2015: 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 5/18/2016: Open. Road is now melted out to the trailhead.
Trail #185 Wood Lake Closed to Visitor 5/26/2016: Snow covered.
Trail #187 Iron Creek Campground Loop Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open. Could be trees across the trail for recent wind storms.
Trail #19 Cussed Hollow Open to Visitor 4/25/2016: Snow still covering trail. Trail has not been maintained yet this season.
Trail #192.1 Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 5/26/2016: Open. There may be some snow at higher elevations.
Trail #192.2 Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 5/26/2016: Open.
Trail #194 Dry Creek Open to Visitor 5/26/2016: Open. Trail is cleared of downed logs.
Trail #195 Big Slide Primitive   
Trail #198 Sunshine Primitive Trail   
Trail #200 Lava Butte   
Trail #2000 Pacific Crest, Mt. Adams area Closed to Visitor 4/27/2016: PCT is snow covered at elevations above 3,400 ft. Section North of Stevenson, WA closed to stock use, detour in place on the 2070 Rd. Section is Passable for hikers.
Trail #202 Rim Primitive Trail   
Trail #209: Deer Cutoff Primitive Trail   
Trail #219 Quartz Creek Big Trees Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. The trail is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Trail #228 Covel Creek Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: 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 05/11/2016: Open, bridge closure on the trail.
Trail #228B Angel Falls Loop Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: There is a bridge closure on this trail. Trail has been cleared.
Trail #247 Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Trail has been cleared.
Trail #247A Oldgrowth Loop Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Trail has been cleared.
Trail #250 Osborne Mountain Open to Visitor 05/27/2016: Visitor reports that the trail is open. Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #251 Teeley Creek Open to Visitor 05/27/2016: Visitor reports that the trail is open. Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #252 Big Creek Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open not cleared.
Trail #26 Middle Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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 #260 Camp Creek Falls Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open
Trail #261 Juniper Ridge Open to Visitor 05/27/2016: Forest Road 2904 is open to the trail head for high clearance vehicles. There may still be some snow and trees across the trail. Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. The trail is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Trail #266 High Rock Closed to Visitor 05/27/2016: Snow levels are approximately 4000'. Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #269 Allen Mountain Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016: Closed by snow.
Trail #270 Valley Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open,  The trail is closed from to all motorized use from the Blue Lake ORV parking area to just above the junction of Forest Roads 23 and 21 due to an impassable washout. Valley Trail 270 is closed to all motorized use from December 1 to April 1 for wildlife protection. The trail is impassable due to a large washout just above the junctions of Forest Roads 23 and 21. 03/8/2015: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information.
Trail #275 Kraus Ridge Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open, current condition unknown.
Trail #29 Placid Lake Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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 05/11/2016: Open
Trail #294 Tongue Mountain Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. The trail is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Trail #29A Chenamus Lake Closed to Visitor
Trail #3 Craggy Peak   
Trail #30 & #30A Spencer Butte & Breezy Point   
Trail #31 Lewis River Open to Visitor 3/31/2016: Trail has been cleared of logs. A few bridges closed due to storm damage, please go around. Closed to stock use until bridges have been repaired.
Trail #31 Lewis River, Curly Creek to Lower Falls Open to Visitor 3/31/2016: Trail has been cleared of logs. A few bridges closed due to storm damage, please go around. Closed to stock use until bridges are repaired.
Trail #31 Lewis River, Lower Falls to Quartz Creek Open to Visitor 3/07/2016: There is a permanent detour around Middle Falls, the trail slid and is impassable between Lower and Middle Falls. All of the trail behind the detour is closed to all uses. Detour routes thru Middle Falls parking area.
Trail #31A Curly Creek and Miller Creek Falls Open to Visitor 5/06/2016: Open.
Trail #31C Middle Falls Open to Visitor 3/31/2016: Trail has not yet been maintained this spring.
Trail #33 Indian Heaven Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trail not accessible yet due to snow.
Trail #33A Deep Lake Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trail not accessible yet due to snow.
Trail #34 Lemei Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trail not accessible yet due to snow.
Trail #34A Wapiki Lake Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trail not accessible yet due to snow.
Trail #35 Service Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trail not accessible yet due to snow.
Trail #37 Sleeping Beauty Peak Open to Visitor 5/13/2016: Open. Trail not yet maintained. Expect snow near top.
Trail #38 Wicky Creek Open to Visitor 5/02/2016: Open. Trails cleared of downed logs.
Trail #39 Morrison Creek Open to Visitor 5/02/2016: Open. Trail cleared of downed logs.
Trail #39A Wicky Shelter Open to Visitor 5/02/2016: Open.
Trail #40 Gotchen Creek Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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 #48 East Crater Closed to Visitor 5/26/2016: Trailhead is not yet accessible due to snow on road.
Trail #49 Little Huckleberry Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trail not accessible yet due to snow.
Trail #51 Big Tree Open to Visitor 4/20/2016: Open.
Trail #52 Monte Carlo Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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 4/22/2016: 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 5/02/2016: Open. Trail has been logged out. Flowers in bloom along trail.
Trail #54A White Salmon River Open to Visitor 5/02/2016: Open. Trail cleared of downed logs.
Trail #55 Tombstone Lake Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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    4/22/2016: Unknown
Trail #64 Riley Camp Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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 4/22/2016: 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 #67 Hand Shake Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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 #70 Steamboat Lake Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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 #71 Pine-Way Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Closed due to Cougar Creek Fire. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call Mt. Adams Ranger District office for current information 509-395-3402.
Trail #72 Cold Springs Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Unreachable by motor vehicle due to snow. 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 Open to Visitor 5/02/2016: Trailhead is now accessible, but expect snow on trail.
Trail #74 Pipeline Road Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open, trail has been cleared to the lake. Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead. A fee tube is located at the motorized trailhead below the parking lot.
Trail #75 Salt Creek Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trail is not yet accessible due to snow on road. Please call the local Ranger District office for current information 509-395-3402..
Trail #78 Packwood Lake Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open, trail has been cleared to the junction with Upper Lake Creek Trail #81. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead. A fee tube is located at the motorized trailhead below the parking lot.
Trail #8 Langfield Falls Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trail not accessible yet due to snow.
Trail #80 Wright Meadow Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #83 Iron Creek Oldgrowth Open to Visitor 05/11/2016: Open. Trail may have downed trees due to recent wind storm.
Trail #9 Round-the-Mountain Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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 #91 Iron Creek Falls Open to Visitor 05/17/2016: Open
Trail #9A Looking Glass Lake Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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: Berry Patch Open to Visitor 05/27/2015: There is still snow on Forest Road 2150 before the trailhead. Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. The trail is currently inaccessible due to snow. Northwest Forest Pass is not required to park here.
Trailhead: Big Hollow Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trailhead: Blue Lake ORV Closed to Visitor 05/11/2016:  This trailhead is currently inaccessible dut to flood damage to Forest Roads. Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. The trail is currently inaccessible due to snow. Northwest Forest Pass is not required to park here in the winter months.
Trailhead: Buck Creek-Lower Open to Visitor 4/20/2016: Open.
Trailhead: Crofton Ridge East Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trail is not yet accessible due to snow on road. Please call the local Ranger District office for current information 509-395-3402.
Trailhead: Crofton Ridge West Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trailhead: Cultus Creek Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trailhead: Curly Creek Falls Open to Visitor 5/06/2016: Open.
Trailhead: Divide Camp Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Trailhead is not yet accessible due to snow on road.
Trailhead: East Crater Closed to Visitor 5/26/2016: Trailhead is not yet accessible due to snow on road.
Trailhead: Falls Creek Open to Visitor 4/1/2016: Road is open.
Trailhead: Falls Creek Falls Open to Visitor 5/12/2016: Open.
Trailhead: Filloon Closed to Visitor 5/18/2016: Trailhead is not yet accessible due to snow on road.
Trailhead: Forest Road 88 - Pacific Crest Trail Closed to Visitor 5/18/2016: Trailhead not accessible due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trailhead: Grassy Knoll Open to Visitor 5/13/2016: Open.
Trailhead: Indian Race Track - North Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Not yet accessible due to snow.
Trailhead: Indian Race Track - South Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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: Killen Creek Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Trailhead is not yet accessible due to snow on road.
Trailhead: Langfield Falls Closed to Visitor 5/18/2016: Trailhead is not yet accessible due to snow on road.
Trailhead: Lemei Closed to Visitor 5/12/2016: Trail not accessible yet due to snow.
Trailhead: Lewis River/Quartz Creek Open to Visitor 5/12/2016: Open
Trailhead: Little Huckleberry Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Open. Trail has not been cleared.
Trailhead: Lower Gotchen Creek (FR 8020) Open to Visitor 5/18/2016: 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: McClellan Meadows-Lower    4/22/2016: 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: McClellan Meadows-Upper    4/22/2016: 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: Middle Falls Open to Visitor 4/22/2016: Open
Trailhead: Middle Trail (Lower) Closed to Visitor 5/13/2016: Trailhead not accessible due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trailhead: Middle Trail (Upper) Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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: Monte Carlo-Lower Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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: Monte Carlo-Upper Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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: Monte Cristo-Lower Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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: Monte Cristo-Upper Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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: Mosquito-PCNST #2000 Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: 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: Muddy Meadows Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: 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 Open to Visitor 5/13/2016: Open
Trailhead: Observation Peak Open to Visitor 5/23/2016: Open. Expect snow at higher elevation.
Trailhead: Packwood Lake Open to Visitor 05/16/2016: Open, A Northwest Pass is required to park at the trailhead. A fee tube is located at the lower motorized trailhead.
Trailhead: Pine-Way Open to Visitor 5/18/2016: Not maintained yet for season.
Trailhead: Potato Hill - Pacific Crest Trail Closed to Visitor 5/18/2016: Not accessible yet due to snow.
Trailhead: Riverview Closed to Visitor 1/2015: The trailhead is currently not accessible due to the loss of the bridge located on Forest Road 1270. There are no immediate plans to replace this bridge.
Trailhead: Salt Creek Open to Visitor 5/18/2016: Open.
Trailhead: Sawtooth Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trailhead is not yet accessible due to snow on road. Please call the local Ranger District office for current information 509-395-3402.
Trailhead: Service Closed to Visitor 4/20/2016: Trail not accessible yet due to snow.
Trailhead: Silver Star Open to Visitor 4/28/2016: Open. Road to trailhead is rough.
Trailhead: Siouxon Open to Visitor 4/20/2016: Open.
Trailhead: Sleeping Beauty Open to Visitor 5/18/2016: Open. Expect some snow still along trail.
Trailhead: Snipes Mountain Closed to Visitor 5/12/2016: Still melting out.
Trailhead: Snowgrass for hikers Open to Visitor 05/27/2016: Snow level is approximately 4000' There is still snow on Forest Road 2150 before the trailhead. Note: Some access routes to this site are unusable due to recent flood damage. View a map of inaccessible roads on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District to determine alternative access routes. Call the Ranger District at 360-497-1100 for additional information. The trail is currently inaccessible due to snow.
Trailhead: Soda Peaks Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Open, but not yet maintained. Expect snow at higher elevation.
Trailhead: South Climb Open to Visitor 5/18/2016: Open. Road to Trailhead is melted out.
Trailhead: Stagman Ridge Closed to Visitor 5/23/2016: Trailhead not yet accessible due to snow.
Trailhead: Thomas Lake Open to Visitor 5/23/2016: Accessible by Rd.6507. Rd. 65 has road damage,not recommended. Trail to Thomas Lake is melted out, expect snow on trail past the lake.
Trailhead: Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 5/26/2016: Open.
Trailhead: Trout Creek Open to Visitor
Trailhead: Upper Gotchen Creek (FR 8040) Open to Visitor 5/18/2016: Open.
Trailhead: Whistle Punk    4/22/2016: 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: Williams Mine Open to Visitor 5/16/2016: Trailhead is accessible. Please call Mt. Adams Ranger District 509-395-3402 for up-to-date information.
Trailhead: Wright Meadows Closed to Visitor 4/22/2016: Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall thru late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trails #180 & #180D Silver Star & Summit Open to Visitor 4/28/2016: Open. There may be some lingering snow at upper elevations.
Upper Cispus River Open to Visitor Check: WDFW regulations for fishing season and rules.
Wilderness areas    04/22/2016: See individual wilderness for current conditions
Wilderness: Glacier View Open to Visitor
Wilderness: Goat Rocks - Gifford Pinchot   
Wilderness: Indian Heaven Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trailheads are typically not accessible until late May due to snow.
Wilderness: Mount Adams Closed to Visitor 4/28/2016: Roads to trailheads are typically not accessible until late May or June due to snow.
Wilderness: Tatoosh   
Wilderness: Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 4/28/2016: Trails are still mostly snow covered with the exception of Trapper Creek #192.
Wilderness: William O. Douglas - Gifford Pinchot   

Spotlights

Pacific Crest Trail #2000

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 is 2750 miles long and you can hike 26 of those miles in the designated Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Cascade Locks is the largest city and lowest elevation along the entire route. 

The Pacific Crest Trail within Gifford Pinchot National Forest begins in the Columbia Gorge and runs north to enter Gifford Pinchot National Forest just south of Wind River Experimental Forest and continues north through Indian Heaven Wilderness, Mt Adams Wilderness, and Goat Rocks Wilderness and then into William O. Douglas Wilderness and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Pacific Crest Trail segments:

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Trail #230A South Coldwater

This 3.1 mile trail travels from State Route 504 on the south side of Coldwater lake to meet Coldwater Trail #230. Coldwater Trail #230 joins Boundary Trail #1 2.3 miles from South Coldwater Trail 230A junction.

Logging operations were active on South Coldwater Ridge during the spring of 1980. Several pieces of heavy logging equipment were at logging sites on May 18th and were destroyed by the blast. About 1 mile from the trailhead, you will see a bull­dozer and mangled yarding tower. Blasted logs and toppled trees attest to the lateral blast’s speed and force. The trail steadily climbs to its junction with Coldwater Trail #230 offering views of Mount St. Helens, Coldwater Peak, and Coldwater Lake.

Trail of Two Forests Interpretive Site

This trail loops through two forests that stand side by side, but are separated in age by 2000 years. One forest is old-growth Douglas-fir and western red-cedar and the other is a young forest that was originally engulfed by lava flows from an eruption of Mount St. Helens over two millennia ago. This forest encompasses three-dimensional imprints of trees in the old lava beds called lava casts. The boardwalk trail loops through the two forests, and is kid friendly.

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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 accessible picnic area is set among a majestic forest glen along the Cispus River adjacent to the Iron Creek Campground.

This site is the main access point for Iron Creek Oldgrowth Trail #83 and Iron Creek Campground Loop Trail #817 which are both accessible trails. 

Nearby Recreation Sites

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Trail #59 Whistle Punk

This Trail Open to Hikers Only.

This trail is an accessible interpretive trail that tells the story of forest management from a historical perspective. The trail surface is 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.

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Science and Learning Center at Coldwater

This is the view of Mount St. Helens from the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater

The Science and Learning Center is a great resource for schools, science and education  groups interested in field trips and research at Mount St. Helens. The center is also available as a rental facility for special events like family reunions and conferences.

This beautiful facility is located at milepost 43 on State Highway 504, approximately 10 miles west of Johnston Ridge Observatory.

Visitor Information Station: On the weekends, the Science and Learning Center is open to the public. In the winter it is the closest access to Mount St. Helens from the west.  Stop in to get information about exploring the monument, learn about education programs offered, or shop at the bookstore.  A pet rest area is located within the Coldwater Lake area.

There are two trails near the building perfect for exploration. Adjacent to the Science and Learning Center is the accessible Winds of Change Trail, a 1/4 mile paved path leading through a part of the Blast Zone.

The Elk Bench Trail starts near the building and connects with the Lakes Trail, providing stunning views of Coldwater Lake and frequent elk sightings along the way.  Once connected with the Lakes Trail head north along the shore of Coldwater Lake and begin your exploration into Mt. Margaret Backcountry.

Rentals:  The Science and Learning Center has conference rooms available for rental, as well as some rustic or primitive overnight accommodations. We also host special events, including conferences, family reunions and weddings. Contact the Science and Learning Center for more information about rentals.

Educational Programs: The Science and Learning Center hosts schools and provides in-depth and extended education programs to groups visiting the volcano. We offer overnight stays in the Science and Learning Center for education programs as well as hands-on education in the Volcanic Monument. Programs vary from 2 hours to multiple days.

For more information on programs or volunteering, visit the Mount St. Helens Institute's website or contact 360-449-7883.

For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r6/accessiblerecreation

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.