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 Camping! Link to camping information on the forest. Got a Map? Link to available maps for the forest.
Learn about Climbing Opportunities Current conditions on forest
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.
Firewood Permits Collect Huckleberries

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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".

Hunters can help keep noxious weeds at bay!

Find out how hunters can help protect habitat for game animals through noxious weed prevention.


Mountain Goats on Mount St. Helens

Mountain goat

Mountain goats make their home on Mount St. Helens and in the Mount Margaret Backcountry!  Find out how scientists are monitoring this iconic animal.

Spring starting snow in Gifford Pinchot National Forest

FR 83 at Marble Mountain

The Vancouver Columbian is previewing summer on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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