Summit of Mount St. Helens


Located in southwest Washington, 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


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 Click for info on mushroom harvesting

Recent News


Need Firewood?

Firewood Image

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in conjunction with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is hosting a firewood cutting event at Tracy Hill, WA.

Forest Waterfalls

Sunset Falls along FR 42 at Sunset Campground

Get to know some of the waterfalls cascading through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest!


Fire Hire is now here!

A firefighter on a fire

National forests in Washington and Oregon are now advertising permanent fire management jobs on USAJOBS.  Find out more!

Peterson Prairie Cabin Available to Rent

Peterson Prairie Cabin Sign

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

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