Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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4MVF+38 Cougar, WA, USA
(360) 449-7800(360) 449-7800

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.

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This campground, on the shores of Ollalie Lake, offers several small sites and one larger area with room for RVs. The sites offer scenic views of Mt. Adams from the lake. It’s located in a high elevation stand of lodgepole and subalpine pine. Mosquitos can be numerous in the early season.

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In the summer this sno park is the site of Atkinsson Group Camp. Located in a pleasant forested area, it has a large paved area with plenty of room for RVs. The surrounding terrain is has unused spur roads suitable for hiking and biking. The site is close to the interesting lava tube formations, Ice Caves and Natural Bridges, and in huckleberry season early season huckleberry fields.

There is a shelter with a wood stove and in winter, this area serves as Atkisson Sno-Park. This group camp has access to multiple day trips including Ice Caves, Natural Bridges and Goose Lake.

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This large campground (98 sites) is on a flat along the Cispus River and is located in an old growth stand of Douglas fir, Hemlock, and Cedar. Lush vegetation and ample space between sites makes them quite private. This is a great place to camp while exploring the more remote side of Mount St. Helens. Iron Creek Campground Loop encircles the campground and is perfect for a stroll through the big trees and offers great views of the Cispus River.

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A popular high elevation campground on the shores of Walupt Lake and surrounded by the Goat Rocks Wilderness. The campground provides outstanding views of the the southern Goat Rocks Wilderness. The campground offers various sizes of camping units as well as 7 walk-in sites.

The Lake has a primitive boat ramp and day use area great for swimming and hanging out a hot summer day. Mosquitos can be a problem early in the season. There are numerous trails nearby. Walupt Lake Trail # 101 goes along the northern edge of the lake and is an easy hike to the end of the lake. The Nanny Ridge Trail # 98 climbs steeply but offers great views of the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Be sure to fill out a Wilderness Permit before entering the Wilderness.

Walupt Lake Day Use Picnic Site is within this campground.

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This campground is located near the Mt. Adams Wilderness. It is located in a high elevation stand of Lodgepole Pine and Silver Fir. It is a good place to camp prior to heading into the northern trails of the Wilderness.

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The campground is located in the Cispus Valley and is near the Cispus Environmental Learning Center. It is easily accessed on paved Forest Roads 23 and 76, Tower Rock.

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Among large old maple and cottonwood trees, this campground offers a quiet family camping experience. The campground is located along the Wind River with access to fishing, hiking, biking and picnicking.

This site is very near the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wind River Hatchery, where you may view spring Chinook.

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A great place for a picnic, hike or just relaxing at the falls. Sunset Falls Campground/Day Use Area is located on the western edge of the Forest, on the Lewis River.  The campground has a view of sunset falls and is in close proximity to the Silver Star Hiking area.  This site is operated year-round by concessionaire. Visitors enjoy scenic views of the river and a waterfall with other recreation opportunities within a short hike on Sunset falls Trail #174.

The falls are on the East Fork Lewis River at an elevation of 1,000 feet. The campground road and trail path to the falls are paved and shaded by large evergreen trees. There are several hiking trails nearby, including the Silver Star Trail which offers excellent views. The area is also popular with kayakers that visit the East Fork Lewis River.

Fishing is available at nearby Zigzag Lake or Canyon Creek. The East Fork Lewis is open to angling below Horseshoe Falls.

F627+82 Cora, WA, USA
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This campground is located near the Cispus River and right on the +AA14banks of the North Fork of the Cispus River. The campground includes three group sites and the main campground. Two trails are accessible directly from the campground. River Trail # 131 is a relatively flat .6 mile trail that goes behind the group sites. The North Fork Trail #122 is a 1.6 mile trail that starts behind the old Guard Station and climbs quickly to the bluff above the campground. Several vistas provide good views of the Cispus River.

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Panther Creek Campground offers wooded campsites within walking distance of Panther Creek. Panther Creek Falls is about four miles north of the campground on Forest Road 65. There is access to hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail which runs close to the campground. In the season the campground has drinking water and a host.

MCF7+VR Packwood, WA, USA
360-497-1103360-497-1103

This large campground is located right off of US Highway 12 at the junction of the Clear Fork of the Cowlitz and the Ohanapecosh Rivers. It is situated in an old growth stand of Douglas Fir, Hemlock and Cedar. Most sites offer good privacy. The Purcell Falls Trail #162A and the Blue Hole Trail #167 originate from the campground and offer views of the falls and the Blue Hole along the Ohanapecosh. This is a great destination for those traveling through looking for an overnight stay and also makes a great central location for an extended stay while exploring the local area.

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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.

cody horse campground
This campground features 16 pull-through campsites. The many trees provide plenty of shade, but not much space for portable corrals. There is also a day use trailhead for the Klickitat Loop Trail #7A within the campground. Heading south on the Klickitat riders can tie into to the Spring Creek Trail #115 and the High Lakes Trail #116.
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Oklahoma Campground is located on the Little White Salmon River. The campground is fairly flat, partly wooded with some open meadow. The large sites make it a favorite of smaller groups who don’t quite need a full group campground. Fishing is available on Little White Salmon River adjacent to the campground. Hiking is available from the campground on the Monte Carlo Trail #52.

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Peterson Prairie Campground is an attractive campground with level, well shaded graveled sites.  This site is located near large huckleberry fields making the campground very popular during huckleberry season.  It has easy access on a paved road. The popular tourist spots, Natural Bridges and Ice Caves are nearby. There is drinking water and in season a host in the campground.

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This wooded area along the Adams Fork of the Cispus River makes a great campground location. The campground contains historic basket trees used by the Upper Cowlitz Tribe and has interpretive signage. The campground is located near the Off Highway Vehicle trails of Blue Lake Ridge and the Valley Trail and is frequented by motorized users

cat creek campground, wa
This campground is located near the Mt. Adams Wilderness. It is located in a high elevation stand of Lodgepole Pine and Silver Fir. It is a good place to camp prior to heading into the northern trails of the Wilderness
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A very popular campground close to the shore of Takhlakh Lake. The Campground includes ten walk-in sites. The views across the lake of Mt. Adams are outstanding. The northern trails of the Mt. Adams Wilderness are nearby. Takhlakh Loop Trail # 134 originates in the campground and encircles the lake. It’s a 1.1 mile flat hike around the lake. You can also connect to the Takh Takh Meadows trail #136 that leads you to an old lava flow. Great views abound from the top of the lava field. Mosquitos can be numerous in the early season.

Horseshoe Campground, WA 98377
The campground is a rustic site situated on a picturesque lake, and offers most campers a view of the water. Mt. Adams Wilderness is nearby as are numerous trails. The campground is small with only 11 campsites.  It is located near the Mt. Adams Wilderness.
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