Horse Camp: Kalama

Area Status: Closed
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. 

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. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/21/2023: Kalama Horse Camp is closed 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.
  • Horse campsites: Reservations for horse campsites are available late May/early June - mid-Sept. at 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.
  • Single: $18/Site
  • Extra Vehicle: $8/Vehicle
Open Season: 05/19/2023 - 10/15/2023
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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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Day Hiking


Horse Camping

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2028' - 2000'