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Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

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Campground: Soda Spring

Soda Spring Campground is a small, rustic site located at the end of Forest Road 4510.052 in a stand of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and silver fir. The Campground has 6 sites suitable for tent camping, pickup campers, or smaller trailers. Summit Creek is nearby but not visible from the site but there are a number of dispersed sites along the creek in the area. Sites have moderate screening and are not crowded. There is one old-style double vault toilet and an information board. All sites have tables and fire rings with grill feature.

This campground tends to be lightly used and quiet, with only minor local traffic. The access route is moderately steep single lane with occasional pullouts. Larger trailers are not recommended.

The Cowlitz Trail #44 trailhead is located in the campground, providing access to the adjacent William O. Douglas Wilderness.  Horses are prohibited in the site please use the nearby Soda Spring Horse Trailhead. Local attraction is a small soda spring, site of old bottling facility. No structures remain.

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Campground: Summit

Summit Creek Campground has been decommissioned.

As a part of ongoing efforts to adapt to current conditions and move toward more sustainable developed recreation opportunities on the Cowlitz Valley  Ranger District, Summit Creek Campground on Forest Road 4510 has been decommissioned effective May 6, 2019. 

All facilities have been removed and vehicular access to the campground is no longer available

Developed camping in the local area is available at La Wis Wis Campground on US Highway 12, 7 miles east of Packwood, and at Soda Spring Campground on FR4510, 2.4 miles beyond Summit Creek CG.  Improvements are planned for Soda Spring Campground in the foreseeable future.  

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Forest Road 20

Forest Road 20 travels south from Hwy 12.  It is a gravel road that accesses the Dry Creek Trail #125 and the South Point Trail #123. 

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Forest Road 21

FR 21 leaves Hwy 12 approximately 3 miles west of Packwood and travels south approximately 25 miles until it intersects with FR 23.

The road is gravel except for approximately 6 miles beginning at Cat Creek Campground and continuing to the FR 23 jct.  The gravel section is often full of washboards.

The road provides access to the Snowgrass Flats and Berry Patch Trailheads, Walupt Lake Campground, and Adams Fork Campground.

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Forest Road 2150

FR 2150 turns of FR 21 and leads to the Chambers Lake, Berry Patch TH, and Snowgrass Flats TH.  There is dispersed camping at the Chambers Lake area.  You will find pit toilets at the Berry Patch TH.  A Northwest Forest Pass is required at the Berry Patch TH.

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Forest Road 23

Forest Road 23 accesses the east side of the Gifford Pinchot N. F. It connects the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District and the Mt. Adams Ranger District passing through beautiful high Cascades and Wilderness senery along the way. Driving along Upper Cispus River and Mt. Adams Wilderness Area, with ajacent roads to High Lakes area access available.

FR 23 is not maintained in winter,  Baby Shoe Pass is not accessible. It re-opens in the snow free months in early Summer through Fall. It is paved for most of its route, there is a 12 mile gravel stretch over Babyshoe Pass.
 

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Forest Road 2329

Forest Road 2329 travels north from Takhlakh Lake along the northwest edge of Mt Adams Wilderness. It is a gravel road that passes Divide Camp Trailhead, Killen Creek Trailhead, Killen Creek Campground, the road to Horsehoe Lake, Midway Meadows Trailhead, Keenes Horse Camp, and Muddy Meadows Trailhead.

This road is usually still covered in snow in the early season so call the Mt Adams Ranger District for conditions. This gravel road travels past high country meadows full of lupine, beargrass, paintbrush, and many other wildflowers.  There are views of Mt. Adams and the Goat Rocks Wilderness.

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Forest Road 24

Forest Road 24 starts at the end of Hwy 141 west of Trout Lake at the Forest Service Boundary and ends at the junction with the 8851 Road north of Big Mosquito Lake.   Areas of interest along this road are Atkinson Sno-Park and Group Camp, The Ice Cave entrance and Picnic area, Peterson Prairie Campground and Cabin, Little Goose Lake, Meadow Creek Campground, Berry Fields, and Big Mosquito Lake. 

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Forest Road 26

FR26 travels north to south, from FR 25 to FR 99 near Mt. St. Helens. It is a paved road that has not been well maintained.  There are some gravel sections, slumps, and potholes.  Please be careful!

The road is very scenic leading into the blast zone near Mt. St. Helens. Along the road, you will see blown down trees from the eruption and new trees and plants that have grown back.

The road accesses Goat Mountain Trail, Norway Pass, and the Mt. Margaret Backcountry. 

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Forest Road 2750

FR 2750 begins on Port Blakely Timber Company land and travels in and out of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Port Blakely has a gate on the road leading to the 2750rd, which they close and lock once fire danger becomes high in the summer months and it remains locked until late spring.  Gate is closed from 8/13/2014 until the end of fire season.

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