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
Campground: Adams Fork Open to Visitor 05/08/2015: Open
Campground: Atkisson Group Camp    05/07/15: 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 05/07/15 Not yet maintained.
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 5/22/15: Open, but with no water or services yet.
Campground: Iron Creek Open to Visitor 05/15/2015: Open
Campground: Killen Creek Open to Visitor 5/22/15: Campground is open but no water or services yet.
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    5/07/15: Not yet maintained.
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 opening 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 not yet available.
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: Sunset Campground and Day Use Open to Visitor
Campground: Takhlakh Lake Closed to Visitor 05/20/2015: Closed for maintenance.  Check back in late May.
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 5/07/15: Snow above 5,00 ft.
Forest Road 20 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open to snowline at MP 8.1 (as of 4-7-15). Road is generally in good condition.
Forest Road 21 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Passable all the way through unless blocked temporarily by late-winter snows.
Forest Road 2150 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: Road is passable from forest road 5603 to forest road 23 for High Clearance 4x4.
Forest Road 24 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Forest Road 25 Open to Visitor 05/06/2015: Open for season.
Forest Road 26 Open to Visitor 05/06/015: The road is gated at mile post 12.3 before Ryan Lake and is expected to reopen Friday, May 15.
Forest Road 2750 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open
Forest Road 28 Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: The snow level is approximately 4500'.
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, snow level approximately 4500'. 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: No snow.
Forest Road 54/Canyon Creek Open to Visitor 07/19/2014: Open. High clearance vehicles only. MP 26 and 28 marked slide and hole in road.
Forest Road 56 Open to Visitor
Forest Road 5603 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open unless temporary snow closures for late winter snows.
Forest Road 5701 Open to Visitor 06/26/2014: Open
Forest Road 59 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open, snow level approximately 4500'. High clearance recommended. Narrow road in places.
Forest Road 60 Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open
Forest Road 63 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open. Snow level approximately 4500'. 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 83 Sno-Parks Open to Visitor 04/2015: No Snow. Forest Road 83 is open. Road 8303 is open to Ape Cave, 8303 past Ape Cave to reopen mid-April.
Forest Road 84 Open to Visitor 04/2015: Open unless closed by late winter snows.
Forest Road 85 Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open. Snow level approximately 4500'. 4WD recommended.
Forest Road 88 Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: 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 Closed to Visitor 11/07/2014: Closed for the season.
Horse Camp: Falls Creek Open to Visitor 05/22/15: Open for season.
Horse Camp: Keenes Closed to Visitor 09/16/2014: Closed for the season.
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 Closed to Visitor 09/16/2014: Closed for the season.
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 05/07/2105: Can access the cave. Picnic area is not yet maintained.
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 Closed to Visitor 09/27/2014: Closed for the season.
Site: Wakepish Picnic Area Closed to Visitor 4/23/2015: Road access closed until mid-May
Site: Walupt Lake Day Use Picnic Area Open to Visitor 05/15/2015: Open
Sno-Park: Atkisson    Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Flattop    A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Government Mineral Springs    Washington State Sno-Park Permits are required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Koshko    See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Lone Butte    See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades)which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: McClellan Meadows    See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades)which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Old Man Pass    See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Pineside    See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Sno-Park: Rush Creek   
Sno-Park: Smith Butte   
Sno-Park: SnowKing    See the Washington State Snowmobile SnoParks site or Non-Motorized SnoParks site for Mt. Adams area (South Cascades) which has maps and information about groomed trails and other updates. A Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required on all vehicles parked at Sno-Parks and immediate access roads from December 1st to March 31st.
Trail #1 Boundary    05/01/2015: Snow level approximately 38'.
Trail #10 High Camp Closed to Visitor 05/07/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trail #101: Walupt Lake    05/01/2015: Snow level approximately 4500'.
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 04/15/2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #107 Sawtooth    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 #108 Cultus Creek    05/19/2015: Trail is cleared of debris. Snow on upper portion of trail. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #11 Snipes Mountain    05/07/2015: Lower portion of trail may be snow free below 4800 ft.
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    05/19/2015: Trail is snow covered at higher elevations and not yet maintained for season.
Trail #113 Killen Creek    5/19/2015: Trail is snow covered at higher elevations. Trail has not yet been maintained for season.
Trail #114 High Line Closed to Visitor 05/07/2015: Closed due to snow.
Trail #116 High Lakes Closed to Visitor 05/01/2015: The trail has a bridge closure and high water creek crossing.
Trail #12 Stagman Ridge Open to Visitor 05/19/2015: Trail has been cleared of debris. Expect snow above 6,000'.
Trail #122 North Fork Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open, not maintained this year.
Trail #124 Paradise   
Trail #125 Dry Creek Open to Visitor 04/30/2015: Trail is open.
Trail #129 Huffman Peak Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open Logged out.
Trail #13 Muddy Meadows Closed 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 #130 Siouxon Open to Visitor 04/15//2015: Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #131 River Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Snow level approximately 4500'. Trail is very overgrown and signs are missing.
Trail #132 Observation Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open and trail mostly cleared.
Trail #132A Observation Peak Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open
Trail #133 Soda Peaks Lake Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: Open and logged out.
Trail #135 Big Huckleberry 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 #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: Trail is open.
Trail #146 Grassy Knoll Open to Visitor 04/15/2015: No recent report
Trail #149A Cedar Creek Open to Visitor
Trail #15 Peeled Cedar Open to Visitor 05/05/2015: 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 Closed 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 #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    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 #179 Lemei 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 #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 6,100'. Late Spring snow may cause conditions to vary. See Climbing Report for further information.
Trail #185 Wood Lake    05/12/2015: Trails are not maintained in the early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #187 Iron Creek Campground Loop Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open, trail has not been cleared.
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    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 #2000 Pacific Crest, William O. Douglas    05/01/2015: Snow level approximately 4500'
Trail #2000: Pacific Crest Trail, Goat Rocks    05/01/2015: Snow level approximately 800' Trail closed to stock. Hikers report a washout south of Cispus Pass from the recent heavy rains. Travel is hazardous for hikers and impassable for stock between Sheep Lake and Snowgrass Flats. Snow level approximately 5000'.
Trail #202 Rim Primitive Trail Open to Visitor 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 03/30/2015: Trail logged out snow free from trailhead to junction with Lake Christine trail #249.
Trail #26 Middle Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Trail not yet 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 #263 Dark Meadow Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: The trail is snow free, there are 10 trees across the trail.
Trail #266 High Rock    05/01/2015: Snow level approximately 4500'
Trail #267 Glacier View Open to Visitor 03/30/2015: Trail has been looged out and is snow free from the trailhead to the top of the hill, (approx. 1.5 miles)
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 05/01/2015: The trail is closed to quads due to a washout. It is open to Motorcycles with a narrow passage past the slide. Repairs expected to be made in late May/early June.
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    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 #290 Layser Cave Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #29A Chenamus Lake Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Trail not yet maintained.
Trail #3 Craggy Peak Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: No current report.
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. Expect snow above 2500 feet. Trail is closed to stock-use because of safety concerns. The trail will remain closed for stock until repairs can be made. Trail is open for bicycle-use.
Trail #31 Lewis River, Curly Creek to Lower Falls Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: No current report
Trail #31 Lewis River, Lower Falls to Quartz Creek Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: No current report
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 05/12/2015: Expect snow at higher elevation. Trail is not yet 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 #33A Deep 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 #34 Lemei Open to Visitor 05/14/2015: Expect snow at higher elev. 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 05/14/2015: Snow along trail. Lake still frozen. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #35 Service 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 #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 05/12/2015: Trail is not yet maintained. Check with the Ranger District office for current conditions.
Trail #48 East Crater Open to Visitor 05/14/2015: Trail is maintained and mostly snow free. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #49 Little Huckleberry Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: 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. Trails are not maintained in the winter and early spring. Trailheads are typically not accessible late fall through late spring due to snow. Please call the local Ranger District office for up-to-date information.
Trail #52 Monte Carlo 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    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 #64 Riley Camp Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Snow above 6,000. Trail is 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 #64A Riley South Open to Visitor 05/19/2015: Snow above 6,000'. Trail is 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 #65 Bluff Lake Closed to Visitor 05/01/2015: Snow level approximately 900': 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
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 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 #73 Crofton Butte Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. Trail is 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 #74 Pipeline Road Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #75 Salt Creek 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 #78 Packwood Lake Open to Visitor 03/30/2015: Trail has been logged out and is snow free to Mosquito Lake. No Northwest Forest Pass required for the winter season.
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: Snow level approximately 4500'
Trail #89 Glacier Lake Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open, trail has not been maintained.
Trail #9 Round-the-Mountain Closed to Visitor 05/12/2015: Trail still snow covered.
Trail #91 Iron Creek Falls Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trail #9A Looking Glass Lake Closed to Visitor 05/12/2015: Trail snow covered.
Trailhead: Berry Patch Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: The trailhead is now reachable. 
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: Coleman Weedpatch    05/01/2015: Snow level approximately 4500'
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 04/17/2015: Open
Trailhead: Curly Creek Falls Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: No recent report.
Trailhead: Divide Camp Open to Visitor 05/19/2015: Open.
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 05/12/2015: Trailhead accessible. Expect snow along higher elevations of trail.
Trailhead: Glacier Lake Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: Open
Trailhead: Grassy Knoll Closed 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: Little Huckleberry Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Lower Gotchen Creek (FR 8020) Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: 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 Closed 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.
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, Northwest Forest Pass required to park.
Trailhead: Pine-Way Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open. Trail not yet maintained for season.
Trailhead: Potato Hill - Pacific Crest Trail Closed to Visitor 05/12/2015: Closed due to snow.
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 05/07/2015: Forest Road 8225 is open to Trailhead.
Trailhead: Snowgrass for hikers Open to Visitor 05/01/2015: The trailhead is now reachable.
Trailhead: Soda Peaks Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open.
Trailhead: South Climb Open to Visitor 04/17/2015: Open. Be aware there may be delays on road to allow hazard tree removal Mon.- Fri. thru end of May.
Trailhead: Stagman Ridge Open to Visitor 05/07/2015: Open
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 05/12/2015: Trail not yet maintained.
Trailhead: Whistle Punk Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
Trailhead: Williams Mine Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Open
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 05/12/2015: Open. Expect snow at higher elevations along PCT.
Wilderness: Mount Adams Open to Visitor 05/12/2015: Expect snow above 5,000'.
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

Trail #183 South Climb

This Trail Open to Hiker and Equestrian Use.

This heavily used trail provides access to the South Climb route up to Mt. Adams summit within Mt. Adams Wilderness.

Initially the trail follows an old road bed through forest and meadows. Near timberline it intersects with Round the Mountain Trail #9 which heads north to meet the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail continues to climb then crosses the Morrison Creek drainage through scree. This section of the trail is marked by tall poles mounted in rock carins. It continues goes up the ridge running along Cresent Glacier and follows this ridge to the snow field where the marked trail ends at about 3.4 miles. 

From this point mountain climbers continue up the snow field to lunch counter, Pikers Peak and the summit. This is not a technically challenging climb, but it takes climbers at least 6 to 8 hours to ascend the nearly 6,700 vertical feet across snow and rock to reach the 12,276 summit of Mt. Adams. The entire trip is about 12 miles round-trip. Be prepared and know your limits.

On the trail there are views of the surrounding area including Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. Wildflowers bloom in the meadows and vegetated areas above tree line in season. 

Forest Road 51/Curley Creek Cut-off

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

Site: Iron Creek Picnic Area

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

Nearby Recreation Sites

Accessible Adventures Video

Trail #59 Whistle Punk

This Trail Open to Hikers Only.

This trail is 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

Trail #130 Siouxon

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

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

Mt. Adams Summit

Mt Adams covered in snow and reflected in Tahklahk Lake

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

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

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

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