Horse Camp: Kalama


Area Status: 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 accommodate primarily equestrian users, with nearby access to trails for horseback riding, hiking and biking. Sixteen reservable campsites are for equestrians with trailers only. There are ten first come, first serve, standard non-equestrian sites, and one host site. There are several horse manure bins as well throughout the camp.

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.

No potable water at this site. Water is suitable for horses only.

Alert: During the shoulder season, early spring and late fall, there is NO garbage service at this facility. Be prepared to pack out all garbage. 

View a Kalama Horse Camp map (.pdf)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/17/2024: Kalama Horse Camp is open for the season. Trail #204 Cinnamon Trail and #242A Kalama Falls Trail, which depart from the horse camp trailhead, remain closed due to fire damage. Forest Road 81 may still have patches of snow in places, but should relatively be snow free, including many of the trails from the camp like Toutle Trail. Trails may not be cleared however of any fallen trees from winter damage, so please use caution. Conact Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument for more information at 360-449-7800 and press option 0 to reach the front desk. 
Reservations:
  • Horse campsites: Reservations for horse campsites are available late May/early June - mid-Sept. at Recreation.gov. Campsites are first come, first served outside of peak season. 
  • Campers without horses: 10 campsites are available on a first come, first served basis throughout the open season.
Fees:
  • Single: $23/Site
  • Extra Vehicle: $8/Vehicle
Open Season: 05/17/2024 - 09/29/2024
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
Information Center:

General Information

Directions:

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.


General Notes:

Campsite Descriptions: 

Upper Loop

  • Site Group 1: Wood corrals, Very nice long pull-through, could fit 2-3 trailers, driveway length 50 feet
  • Site Group 2: Wood corrals, Very long pull-through, could fit 2-3 trailers, driveway length 60 feet
  • Site 3: Wood corrals, pull-through, driveway length 50 feet 
  • Site 4: Wood corrals Four horse, pull-through, driveway length 50 feet
  • Site 5: Wood corrals, Two horse corral, shady site, back-in, driveway length 40 feet
  • Site 6: wood corral, pull-through, corral is up on hill from picnic table, driveway length 50 feet
  • Site 7: wood corral, awkward corral placement compared to picnic table, pull-through, driveway length 50 feet
  • Site 8 Metal 4 horse coral with metal gate, sunnier corral site, long pull-through, driveway length 60 feet
  • Site 9: wood corral, pull-through, harder to pull out due to tree locations, across from 10 (camp-host), driveway length 60 feet
  • Site 10: Camp Host, Metal pipe corrals, 4 horse. 

Lower Loop

  • Site 11: wood corrals, pull-through, 50 foot driveway
  • Site 12: wood corrals, pull-through, 40 foot driveway
  • Site 13: wood corrals, pull-through, 30 foot driveway
  • Site 14: 2 horse wood corrals, inside of loop B, back-in, 30 foot driveway
  • Site 15: 2 horse wood corrals, pull-through, 60 foot driveway
  • Site 16: wood corrals, back-in, 30 foot driveway
  • Site 17: wood corrals, pull-through, 70 foot driveway
  • Site 18: wood corrals, back-in, 20 foot driveway
  • Site 19: wood corrals, back-in, 20 foot driveway
  • Site 20: wood corrals, pull-through, 60 foot driveway
  • Site 21: wood corrals, pull-through, 60 foot driveway
  • Site 22: wood corrals, pull-through, 60 foot driveway
  • Site 23: wood corrals, back-in, 30 foot driveway
  • Site 24: wood corrals, pull-through, 50 foot driveway
  • Site 25: wood corrals, pull-through, 50 foot driveway
  • Site 26: wood corrals, back-in, 40 foot driveway
  • Site 27: wood corrals, pull-through, 60 foot driveway

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Day Hiking

Backpacking

Horse Camping

Group Picnicking

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Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.142931

  Longitude : 
-122.324099

  Elevation : 
2028' - 2000'