Mount St. Helens from south side

Located in Southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1,368,300 acres of forests, mountains, river valleys, waterfalls, wildernesses, and volcanoes.  Geographically the forest is divided into the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, the Mount Adams Ranger District, and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.  Learn more about the forest

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Go Hiking! Link to hiking opportunities on the forest. Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sites.
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Recent News


Mount St. Helens Climbing Permits Resume Sale on Feb 26th at 9:00 a.m. PST

The Mount St. Helens Institute has established a new date and time for further permit sales. Remaining climbing permits will go on sale Monday, February 26th at 9:00 a.m.

Public Meeting on Spirit Lake/Toutle River Study on Jan 25

A meeting to hear from scientific committee members provides an opportunity to learn more about Spirit Lake outflow, and downstream effects from the Mount St. Helen’s 1980 eruption.


Peterson Prairie Cabin Available to Rent Beginning in January

Peterson Prairie Cabin Exterior

Pack your bag and make a reservation to stay at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest’s newest recreation rental facility, beginning January 1, 2018.  

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Consensus Study Report

NASEM Study Cover Page

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's report, "A Decision Framework for Managing the Spirit Lake and Toutle River System at Mount St. Helens".

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