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.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Boating Site: Goose Lake Open to Visitor 05/05/2015: Open for the season.
Boating Site: Mosquito Lakes Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Camground: Soda Spring Open to Visitor 5/28/2015: Open 
Campground: Adams Fork Open to Visitor 05/08/2015: Open
Campground: Atkisson Group Camp Open to Visitor 06/06/15: Reservations can be made thru www.Recreation.Gov
Campground: Beaver Open to Visitor 5/08/2015:Campground is open for the season.
Campground: Big Creek Open to Visitor 05/08/2015: Open
Campground: Blue Lake Creek Open to Visitor 05/08/2015: Open
Campground: Canyon Creek Open to Visitor 05/22/2015: Open for the season.
Campground: Coho Group Camp Open to Visitor 05/15/2015: Open
Campground: Crest Camp/Trailhead Open to Visitor 5/26/15 Open.
Campground: Cultus Creek Open to Visitor 05/22/15: Open for season.
Campground: Forlorn Lakes Open to Visitor 05/22/15: Open for season.
Campground: Goose Lake Open to Visitor 05/05/15: Open for the season.
Campground: Government Mineral Springs Open to Visitor 05/22/15: Open for season.
Campground: Horseshoe Lake Open to Visitor 6/01/15: Open
Campground: Iron Creek Open to Visitor 05/15/2015: Open
Campground: Killen Creek Open to Visitor 6/01/15: Campground is open.
Campground: La Wis Wis Open to Visitor 5/11/2015: Campground is open. The Hatchery Loop was closed in 2014 due to hazard trees, the La Wis Wis Campground Hatchery Loop (H Loop) will be opened again in late June 2015. The Forest Service is working to address fire hazard concerns resulting from slash created by tree falling and removal.
Campground: Little Goose Open to Visitor 05/22/15: Open for season.
Campground: Little Goose Horse Camp Open to Visitor 6/06/15: Open
Campground: Lower Falls Open to Visitor 05/22/2015: Open for season.
Campground: Morrison Creek Open to Visitor 5/22/15: Open for season.
Campground: Moss Creek Open to Visitor 5/08/2015: Campground is open for the season.
Campground: North Fork Open to Visitor 05/08/2015: 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 05/08/2015: Open
Campground: Oklahoma Open to Visitor 5/22/2015: Open for season.
Campground: Olallie Lake Open to Visitor 5/22/15: Open, but with no water or services yet.
Campground: Panther Creek Open to Visitor 5/08/2015: Campground open for season.
Campground: Paradise Creek Open to Visitor 5/22/2015:Open for season.
Campground: Peterson Prairie Open to Visitor 5/08/15: Campground is open for season. Water is available at the campground.
Campground: Peterson Prairie Group Camp Open to Visitor 5/08/15: Reservations can be made online at www.Recreation.Gov
Campground: Smokey Creek Open to Visitor 5/22/2015: Open for the season.
Campground: Summit Open to Visitor 5/28/2015: Open
Campground: Sunset Campground and Day Use Open to Visitor
Campground: Takhlakh Lake Open to Visitor 06/5/2015: Open
Campground: Tillicum Open to Visitor 05/22/2015:Open for season.
Campground: Tower Rock Open to Visitor 04/25/2014: Open.
Campground: Trout Lake Creek Open to Visitor 5/05/15: Open for the season.
Campground: Twin Falls Open to Visitor 05/22/2015: Open for the season.
Campground: Walupt Lake Open to Visitor 05/15/2015: Open
Campground: Wicky Shelter Open to Visitor 05/22/2015: Open for season.
Cowlitz Valley area Open to Visitor
Dark Divide Roadless Area Open to Visitor 6/06/15: Snow above 6,000 ft.
Forest Road 20 Open to Visitor 06/2015: Open. Road is generally in good condition.
Forest Road 21 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open, rough from washboards.
Forest Road 2150 Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: The road is open to Berry Patch and Snowgrass Trailheads.
Forest Road 23 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open, the gravel section is rough with potholes and washboards.
Forest Road 2329 Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Forest Road 24 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Forest Road 25 Open to Visitor 05/06/2015: Open
Forest Road 26 Open to Visitor 05/06/015: Open
Forest Road 2750 Closed to Visitor 06/25/2015: Closed. GOAT CREEK TRAIL #205. Due to the total closure of private timber company lands and road systems due to fire risk, Forest Road 2750 providing access to the Goat Creek Trail #205 is not accessible by any means. All Port Blakely gates are closed and all entry is prohibited. This closure will very likely last until the fall rainy season arrives.
Forest Road 28 Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Forest Road 30/Wind River Highway Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Forest Road 41 Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: 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 05/01/2015: Open. High Clearance 4X4 required.
Forest Road 51/Curley Creek Cut-off Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Forest Road 52/Skate Creek Road Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open, watch for frost heaves and slumps in the road.
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 4/25/2015: Open
Forest Road 5603 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open
Forest Road 5701 Open to Visitor 06/26/2014: Open
Forest Road 59 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open, 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: Closed by a slide in the first couple of miles from the Randle side.  Use caution; rock debris on road.
Forest Road 65 Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Forest Road 66 Open to Visitor 04/14/2015: Be cautious of the sink-hole when heading southbound.
Forest Road 75 Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open for 5.5 miles to washout.
Forest Road 76 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open
Forest Road 80 and 8040 Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Road is open to trailhead.
Forest Road 81 Open to Visitor 05/08/2015: No snow at Cougar Snow Park. Forest Road 81 is currently open. Road 830 to Climber's Bivouac is open.
Forest Road 82 / 8225 Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Forest Road 82 is open to Smith Butte. Forest Road 8225 is open to Gotchen Guard Station.
Forest Road 84 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open
Forest Road 85 Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open. 4WD recommended.
Forest Road 88 Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Forest Road 8810 is open to Sleeping Beauty Trailhead.
Forest Road 90 Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Forest Road 93 Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Forest Road 99 Open to Visitor 05/15/2015:  Forest Road 99 is open for the season
Horse Camp: Cody Open to Visitor 06/01/2015: Open, no water
Horse Camp: Falls Creek Open to Visitor 05/22/15: Open for season.
Horse Camp: Keenes Open to Visitor 06/01/2015: Open
Horse Camp: Lewis River Open to Visitor 05/22/2015: Open for the season
Horse Camp: Mt. Adams Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Water is available for stock use only.
Horse Camp: Walupt Open to Visitor 05/20/2015: Open
Huckleberry Access   
Interpretive Site: Basket Tree Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Interpretive Site: Berry Fields Open to Visitor 05/07/2105: Open
Interpretive Site: Big Tree Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Interpretive Site: Layser Cave Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Interpretive Site: Peterson Prairie Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Interpretive Site: Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open. Access to one of the most interesting and accessible hikes on the forest.
Lewis River Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: 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 http://www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot/Mt Adams Climbing Conditions Report
Mt. Adams area Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Observation Site: McClellan Closed to Visitor 10/20/2014 Closed, latrine locked.
Observation Site: Mt. Rainier-Goat Rocks Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Observation Site: Palisades Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: 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 05/07/2015: Replacement cabin on site is under renovation. It is hoped to have it open in the coming year.
Rivers and Streams Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Check WDFW regulations for fishing season and rules.
Site: Hemlock Picnic Area Open to Visitor 05/22/2015: Open.
Site: Ice Cave Picnic Area Open to Visitor 06/04/2105: Open.
Site: Iron Creek Picnic Area Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Site: La Wis Wis Picnic Area Open to Visitor 05/15/2015: Open
Site: Lower Falls Day Use Open to Visitor 05/22/2015: Open for season.
Site: Takhlakh Day Use Area Open to Visitor 05/27/2015: Open
Site: Wakepish Picnic Area Open to Visitor 05/20/2015: Open
Site: Walupt Lake Day Use Picnic Area Open to Visitor 05/15/2015: Open
Trail #1 Boundary Open to Visitor 06/15/2015: Open, trail has been logged out from Council Lake to Forest Road 99.
Trail #10 High Camp    06/22/2015: Open
Trail #101: Walupt Lake Open to Visitor 06/01/2015: Open, There are 3 washouts that are 3 to 4 feet deep and big rocks to maneuver. There are also, 5 to 6 smaller washouts. The Goat Creek bridge at milepost 1.7 on the Snowgrass Trail #96 is closed to all stock use. Stock users must use the detour and ford the creek crossing.
Trail #102 Filloon Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Snow free and trail maintained for season. 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 06/06/2015: Open. Trail may not yet be maintained. 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 Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #108 Cultus Creek Open to Visitor 06/062015: Open. Trail is cleared of debris. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #11 Snipes Mountain Open to Visitor 6/06/2015: Open. Lower portion of trail has been cleared of debris.
Trail #111 Thomas Lake Open to Visitor 05/05/2015: Trail is melted out to Thomas Lake. Trail is cleared of debris.
Trail #112 Divide Camp Open to Visitor 07/04/2015: Divide Camp Trail is open. PCT section south of Divide Camp junction is closed due to Horseshoe Fire.
Trail #113 Killen Creek Open to Visitor 06/22/2015: Open
Trail #114 High Line Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trail #116 High Lakes Closed to Visitor 06/01/2015: The trail has a bridge closure and high water creek crossing. The trail is rutted but passable.
Trail #117 Council Bluff Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open.
Trail #12 Stagman Ridge Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Trail is currently closed due to the Horseshoe Fire.
Trail #122 North Fork Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, not maintained this year.
Trail #124 Paradise   
Trail #125 Dry Creek Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Trail is open.
Trail #129 Huffman Peak Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open Logged out.
Trail #13 Muddy Meadows Open to Visitor 06/04/2015: Open. Trail is maintained for the season. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #130 Siouxon Open to Visitor 06/22//2015: Open, trail has been logged out from Siouxon Trailhead off of Forest Road 5701 west to Calamity Creek. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information and access to this trail. Forest Road 58 is not a maintained road.
Trail #131 River Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open. 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 #134 Takhlakh Loop Open to Visitor 05/25/2015: Open
Trail #135 Big Huckleberry Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: 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 #136 Takh Takh Meadow Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open
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 Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: No current report.
Trail #145 Bunker Hill Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: 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 05/05/2015: Open
Trail #152 Falls Creek Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open and maintained for season.
Trail #152A Falls Creek Falls Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open
Trail #153 Paradise Hills Open to Visitor 4/21/2015: 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 #155 West Crater Open to Visitor
Trail #156 Wildcat Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: 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 Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Conditions unknown.
Trail #159 Terminator Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open. Not yet maintained for season.
Trail #16 Shorthorn Open to Visitor 05/19/2015: Patchy snow above 6,000'. Trail is cleared of debris.
Trail #161 Tatoosh Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, conditions unknown. There is a washout and boulder between Trail #161A and Trail #161 B that is passable for hikers but not advisable for stock. There is a washout 1 mile before the Tatoosh North trailhead that is not passable. This adds a mile walk on the road to get to the trailhead.
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 Open to Visitor 05/14/2015: Open. Trail has been cleared of debris. 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 Open to Visitor 05/14/2015: Open and snow free. Trail has been cleared of debris. 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 5/06/2015: No current report
Trail #174 Sunset Falls Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trail #176 Elk Lake Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail has been maintained. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #179 Lemei Lake Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. 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 05/12/2015: No current report
Trail #180A Ed's Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: 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 #180B Chinook Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: 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 #180C Sturgeon Rock    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    05/12/2015: 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 05/07/2015: Road accessible to Cold Springs trailhead. Expect snow around 6,300'. See Climbing Report for further information or contact the Ranger District 509-395-3402.
Trail #185 Wood Lake Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is maintained for the season. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #187 Iron Creek Campground Loop Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #19 Cussed Hollow Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Trail cleared and open for season.
Trail #192.1 Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: No current report.
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 05/12/2015: Open. Not maintained, can be difficult to follow.
Trail #198 Sunshine Primitive Trail Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. Not maintained, can be difficult to follow.
Trail #200 Lava Butte Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trail #2000 Pacific Crest, Mt. Adams area Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Temporary closure of PCT section from Rd. 23 Williams Mine TH to its junction with Divide Trail #112. Call Mt. Adams RD for updates: 509-395-3402. 5/26/15: Bridge 1/2 mile south of Trout Creek Trailhead is out. There is a ford accessible by hikers directly upstream of the bridge.  Forest Crews are working to improve ford for access by horses until the bridge can be replaced.  Please call the Mount Adams Ranger District for updated information.  (509) 395-3402
Trail #2000 Pacific Crest, William O. Douglas    06/27/2015: Open, conditions unknown.
Trail #2000: Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks    06/27/2015: Open, conditions unknown. Trail closed to stock. 8/2014: 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 05/12/2015: Open
Trail #209: Deer Cutoff Primitive Trail Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: No current report.
Trail #219 Quartz Creek Big Trees Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #228 Covel Creek Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: 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 05/01/2015: Open, bridge closure on the trail.
Trail #228B Angel Falls Loop Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: 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 04/06/2015: Trail has been logged out.
Trail #247A Oldgrowth Loop Open to Visitor 04/06/2015: Trail has been logged.
Trail #248 Puyallup Open to Visitor 05/30/2015: Open, Trail has been logged out and is snow free.
Trail #249 Lake Christine Open to Visitor 06/01/2015: Open, Trail has been logged out and is snow free.
Trail #250 Osborne Mountain Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, trail has been cleared.
Trail #251 Teeley Creek Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, trail has been cleared.
Trail #252 Big Creek Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, trail has been cleared.
Trail #253 Greenwood Lake Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, trail has been cleared.
Trail #258 Silver Creek Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, trail has been cleared.
Trail #26 Middle Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is maintained for season. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #260 Camp Creek Falls Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #261 Juniper Ridge Open to Visitor 05/27/2015: Open, conditions unknown.
Trail #261A Sunrise Peak Open to Visitor 06/15/2015: Open, trail has been logged out.
Trail #262 Sunrise Open to Visitor 06/15/2015: Open, trail has been logged out.
Trail #263 Dark Meadow Open to Visitor 06/16/2015: Trail has been logged out.
Trail #265 East Canyon Open to Visitor 06/16/2015: Open, Trail has been logged out.
Trail #266 High Rock Open to Visitor 06/15/2015: Open, trail has been logged out.
Trail #267 Glacier View Open to Visitor 06/01/2015: Trail has been logged out and is snow free.
Trail #269 Allen Mountain Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, trail has been cleared.
Trail #270 Valley Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open, trail has not been maintained. Valley Trail 270 is closed to all motorized use from December 1 to April 1 for wildlife protection.
Trail #271 Blue Lake Ridge Open to Visitor 06/01/2015: The slide on the trail has been repaired and is now passable to ATV's.
Trail #274 Blue Lake Hiker Open to Visitor 05/19/2015: Open, trail has been cleared of trees.
Trail #275 Kraus Ridge Open to Visitor 04/20/2015: Trail has been all logged out.
Trail #29 Placid Lake Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Trail is maintained for season. 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 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #294 Tongue Mountain Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open,
Trail #29A Chenamus Lake Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is maintained.
Trail #3 Craggy Peak Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail not yet maintained this season.
Trail #30 & #30A Spencer Butte & Breezy Point Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open and trail cleared.
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. 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 to Lower Falls Open to Visitor 05/22/2015: Open and cleared.
Trail #31 Lewis River, Lower Falls to Quartz Creek Open to Visitor 05/22/2015: Open and cleared.
Trail #31A Curly Creek and Miller Creek Falls Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: No current report
Trail #31C Middle Falls Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trail #33 Indian Heaven Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is maintained for season. 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 Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is maintained for season. 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 Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is cleared of downed debris. 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 Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #35 Service Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is maintained for season. 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 05/12/2015: Open
Trail #38 Wicky Creek Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Trail is not yet maintained for season. 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 05/12/2015: Trail is not yet maintained fro season. 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 05/12/2015: Trail is not yet maintained for season. 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 Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is maintained. Check with the Ranger District office for current conditions.
Trail #44 Cowlitz Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, conditions unknown.
Trail #44A Cowlitz Horse Trail Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, conditions unknown.
Trail #48 East Crater Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is maintained. Mosquito repellent recommended. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #49 Little Huckleberry Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail not yet maintained for season. 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 Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. 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 Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: 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 #53 Monte Cristo 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 #54 Buck Creek Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trail #54A White Salmon River Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: This trail is not maintained.
Trail #55 Tombstone Lake Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: 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 #59 Whistle Punk Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trail #61 Clear Fork Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, trail has been cleared from Forest Road 46 to crossing of the Cowlitz River, except 4 logs at Chimney Creek. a route around has bee flagged below the trail and is passable for hiker and stock.
Trail #64 Riley Camp Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Trail closed due to the Horseshoe Fire. Please call the Ranger District for up-to-date information.
Trail #64A Riley South Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Closed due to the Horseshoe Fire. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #65 Bluff Lake Closed to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, conditions unknown. This trailhead is inaccessible due to a washout on Road 4612.
Trail #67 Hand Shake Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Trail not yet maintained.
Trail #70 Steamboat Lake Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. Road is in rough condition.
Trail #71 Pine-Way Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: 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 #72 Cold Springs Open to Visitor 06/22/2015: Open. Trail has been logged out.
Trail #73 Crofton Butte Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Trail currently closed due to the Horseshoe Fire. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #74 Pipeline Road Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #75 Salt Creek Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Trail currently closed due to Horseshoe Fire. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #76 Clear Lost Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, trail has been cleared from Skeeter Shelter to 1 mile below Coyote Lake.
Trail #78 Packwood Lake Open to Visitor 03/30/2015: Trail has been logged out and is snow free to Mosquito Lake. 
Trail #8 Langfield Falls Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. 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 05/12/2015: Open. Trail logged and snow free.
Trail #81 Upper Lake Creek Open to Visitor 3/30/2015: Trail has been logged out and is snow free from the junction with trail #78 to the end of Packwood Lake.
Trail #83 Iron Creek Oldgrowth Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #86 Lily Basin Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, From the trailhead the trail has been logged out and is snow free for 4.5 miles. Beyond there, snow is approximately 3 feet deep and deeper. Trail is washed out at Glacier Creek.  The Goat Creek bridge at milepost 1.7 on the Snowgrass Trail #96 is closed to all stock use. Stock users must use the detour and ford the creek crossing.
Trail #89 Glacier Lake Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, trail has been cleared.
Trail #9 Round-the-Mountain Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Due to the Horseshoe Fire, sections of Trail #9 are close from the intersection of Shorthorn Tr.#16 to Divide Tr. #112. Call the Ranger District for updated information 509-395-3402.
Trail #91 Iron Creek Falls Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #95 Goat Ridge Open to Visitor 06/15/2015: Open. Trail is snow free. The Goat Creek bridge at milepost 1.7 on the Snowgrass Trail #96 is closed to all stock use. Stock users must use the detour and ford the creek crossing. CROWD ALERT! Snowgrass/Goat Lake/Old Snowy area is the most crowded area in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in summer months. Parking lots at the Snowgrass Trailhead & Berry Patch Trailhead fill early even on weekdays as do places to camp along the trail. The fragile alpine meadows in the area are being heavily impacted. Follow all regulations.
Trail #96 Snowgrass Open to Visitor 06/15/2015: Open, trail has been logged out to the Goat Creek bridge at approximately 1.7 miles. The Goat Creek bridge at milepost 1.7 on the Snowgrass Trail #96 is closed to all stock use. Stock users must use the detour and ford the creek crossing. CROWD ALERT! Please be advised that the Snowgrass/Goat Lake/Old Snowy area is the most crowded area in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, in the summer months. The fragile alpine meadows are being heavily impacted. Please observe all closures listed in the Wilderness Regulations and on your Wilderness permit. 
Trail #97 Bypass Open to Visitor 06/15/2015: Open, trail is snow free, there is a large tree across the trail. The Goat Creek bridge at milepost 1.7 on the Snowgrass Trail #96 is closed to all stock use. Stock users must use the detour and ford the creek crossing.
Trail #98 Nannie Ridge Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, conditions unknown. The Goat Creek bridge at milepost 1.7 on the Snowgrass Trail #96 is closed to all stock use. Stock users must use the detour and ford the creek crossing.
Trail #9A Looking Glass Lake Closed to Visitor 06/13/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Big Hollow Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Unknown
Trailhead: Buck Creek-Lower Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open and logged out.
Trailhead: Crofton Ridge East Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Crofton Ridge West Closed to Visitor 12/08/2014: Closed due to snow.
Trailhead: Cultus Creek Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open
Trailhead: Curly Creek Falls Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: No recent report.
Trailhead: Divide Camp Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Closed due to the Horseshoe Fire.
Trailhead: East Crater Open to Visitor 05/14/2015: Open
Trailhead: Falls Creek Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Trailhead: Falls Creek Falls Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Trailhead: Filloon Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open and snow free.
Trailhead: Forest Road 88 - Pacific Crest Trail Open to Visitor 06/13/2015: Open
Trailhead: Glacier Lake Open to Visitor 05/27/2015: Open, the slide on the road has been repaired and the road is now open to the trailhead.
Trailhead: Grassy Knoll Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Trailhead: Indian Race Track - North Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. Trail is cleared of debris.
Trailhead: Indian Race Track - South Open to Visitor 05/14/2015: Open and snow free.
Trailhead: Killen Creek Open to Visitor 5/19/2015: Open. Expect rough road.
Trailhead: Langfield Falls Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Lemei Open to Visitor 05/14/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Lewis River/Quartz Creek Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Lily Basin Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, 4X4, high clearance needed
Trailhead: Little Huckleberry Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Lower Gotchen Creek (FR 8020) Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Forest Road 8225 is open to Trailhead.
Trailhead: McClellan Meadows-Lower Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Trail not yet maintained for season.
Trailhead: McClellan Meadows-Upper Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Trail not yet maintained for season.
Trailhead: Middle Falls Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Middle Trail (Lower) Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Middle Trail (Upper) Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Monte Carlo-Lower Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Monte Carlo-Upper Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Monte Cristo-Lower Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. Trail not yet maintained for season.
Trailhead: Monte Cristo-Upper Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Mosquito-PCNST #2000 Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Muddy Meadows Open to Visitor 06/04/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Natural Bridges Open to Visitor 05/12/15: Open
Trailhead: Observation Peak Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. Trail Conditions unknown.
Trailhead: Packwood Lake Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trailhead: Pine-Way Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. Trail not yet maintained for season.
Trailhead: Potato Hill - Pacific Crest Trail Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Salt Creek Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Sawtooth Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Service Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Silver Star Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Siouxon Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Trailhead: Sleeping Beauty Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Forest Road 8810 to the Sleeping Beauty Trailhead is open.
Trailhead: Snipes Mountain Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Forest Road 8225 is open to Trailhead.
Trailhead: Soda Peaks Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open.
Trailhead: South Climb Open to Visitor 06/04/2015: Open.
Trailhead: Stagman Ridge Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Closed due to the Horseshoe Fire.
Trailhead: Tatoosh North Open to Visitor 06/27/2015: Open, there is a washout 1 mile before the trailhead that is impassable. Snow level approximately 5500'.
Trailhead: Thomas Lake Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
Trailhead: Trapper Creek Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Trout Creek Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Upper Gotchen Creek (FR 8040) Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Trail is maintained.
Trailhead: Whistle Punk Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Williams Mine Closed to Visitor 07/04/2015: Closed due to Horseshoe Fire.
Trailhead: Wright Meadows Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. Trail free of snow.
Trails #180 & #180D Silver Star & Summit Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open
Upper Cispus River Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Check: WDFW regulations for fishing season and rules.
Wilderness areas    05/12/2015: 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   
Wilderness: Indian Heaven Open to Visitor 06/06/2015: Open. Expect snow drifts at highest elevations. Mosquito repellent recommended.
Wilderness: Mount Adams Open to Visitor 06/13/2015: Expect snow above 7,000'.
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 05/06/2015: Open and logged out.
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

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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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

Accessible Adventures Video

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. 

Accessible Adventures Video

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.