Gifford Pinchot National Forest Wilderness

Hiker looks out over the forest.One of our nation's greatest treasures is the National Wilderness Preservation System established by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Wildernesses are lands designated by Congress to be protected and preserved in their natural condition, without permanent improvements or habitation. 

Please review regulations associated with Wilderness areas and always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep these areas wild, clean, and pristine.

Printed as well as digital maps are available for these areas.

Know Before You Go!

  • Wilderness regulations: Review the special regulations that apply to all Wilderness areas in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
  • Wilderness Permits: The Forest Service uses Wilderness permits to monitor Wilderness use, set trail maintenance priorities, and plan work priorities.
    • Wilderness permits are required for entry into Wilderness areas.
    • There is no charge for these permits.
    • Permits are self-issued by the visitor and are available at all trailheads leading into these Wildernesses, as well as at Forest Service Ranger Stations. 

Finding a Place to Visit

Each year, more and more people visit wilderness for a unique experience. Consider plannning a trip midweek and in the early and late seasons. For assistance in finding alternatives to the most heavily used areas, check with your nearest Forest Service office.

When visiting wilderness, please follow these Seven Principles of Leave No Trace:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors