Kalama Horse Camp Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Campsite with horse pen

Kalama Horse Camp is located just outside the west boundary of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. 27 sites accomodate primarily equestrian users, with nearby access to trails for horseback riding, hiking and biking. Sixteen campsites are for equestrians with trailers only. There are ten standard non-equestrian sites, and one host site. 

The campground loop trail allows easy access to the main trailhead which accesses Toutle Trail #238, Cinnamon Trail #204 & Fossil Trail #242 . A trailhead parking area, found at the east end of the campground provides parking for day use. Over 50 miles of trails and closed roads are available from the campground.

There is no garbage service at this facility--please pack in, pack out your garbage. No potable water at this site. Water is suitable for horses only.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 07/02/21: Campground open under concessionaire management from Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. FIRE RESTRICTIONS in effect; no campfires, charcoal grills or shooting. Propane/gas stoves, grills or firepits OK. Water in horse troughs is running. No water for human consumption. Sites currently $14 per night.
  • Horse campsites: Reservations for horse campsites are available at Recreation.gov from 5/21- 9/19. Campsites are first come, first served outside of this peak season. 
  • Campers without horses: 10 campsites are available on a first come, first served basis throughout the open season.
Open Season: 05/01/2021 - 11/15/2021
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Ceritified weed-free feed is required.
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1), Compost Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


From Woodland, WA take state Route 503 east for approximately 28 miles to Forest Road 81. Take a left on Forest Road 81 towards Kalama Horse Camp Recreation Area. Follow Forest Road 81 north for approximately 8 miles.

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