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

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Forest Waterfalls

Sunset Falls along FR 42 at Sunset Campground

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

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.


Sustainable Recreation: Now and in the Future

Picture of Autumn Colors

Learn about how the forest is evaluating our recreation opportunities and developed sites. 

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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