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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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Address: WA

One of the oldest National Forests in the United States, this region...

One of the oldest National Forests in the United States, this region encompasses 1,312,000 acres and includes Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

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Whether it be hiking, camping, riding motorcycles or sitting in the pools at Lower Lewis Falls, this has become one of my favorite places in Washington. A must visit if you like... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 August 2016
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Excelsior Springs, Missouri
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Very disappointing. Drove in the National Forest for 2.5 hours can't really say we saw too much other than very tall trees. Virtually no others vehicles were in the forest. So glad we were out of there before nightfall.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Whether it be hiking, camping, riding motorcycles or sitting in the pools at Lower Lewis Falls, this has become one of my favorite places in Washington. A must visit if you like the outdoors.

1 Thank Degan W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Well worth the trip, and I didn't even have time to check it all out. Peterson Prairie campground was gorgeous, I would stay again. Make sure to see the natural bridges and the Ice Cave. Just driving through the old growth forest is wonderful enough, but slow down and enjoy this gem of the Cascades.

1 Thank Charles C
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Been going since 1997. BUT we are extremely saddened because the last couple of years it has changed. 1-The toilets are compost toilets. Up until 2-3 yrs ago they were well taken care of and believe it or not didnt smell. This year however the waste was only a foot below the toilet seat. We ran out of toilet paper... More 

1 Thank Angie V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

The road is choppy in places and becomes gravel and then paved again. Well-maintained paths lead to amazing views. Buy a topo map and explore not only this amazing place but the rest of the park.

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Yakima, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

This place is ABSOLUTELY breath taking! Not too hard to find and not too crowded. I went last fourth of July, the weather was perfect. The walk to the falls from the parking lot was super easy! If you're taking pets, watch out because a lot of people have their dogs off leash. Great place to visit and swim!

Thank Denise R
Kansas City, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

Came here with our son to do the Lewis River Falls trail where you get to see three waterfalls. From where we parked it was a little over a 6 mile hike that is challenging for the average person at times but most of it is fine. There were a lot of families and dogs on the trail. Fortunately it... More 

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Camas, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Gorgeous. Go deep into the Gifford and it is totally pristine and a true paradise. We camped on the Cispus River east of Randle and that area is stunning and not crowded.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

This wilderness area is a short 2 hour drive from the Tacoma area. We stayed at the Iron Creek Campground. Old growth forest blanketed with ferns and moss made this a beautiful setting. There are nearby day trips into the Gifford Pinchot Forest if you just want a drive in the forest. Pick up good maps at the campground entry!

Thank cindy d
Burlingame, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015 via mobile

Beautiful trails and foliage in the fall. Lots of opportunities for hunting chanterelles, among other mushrooms. So many different hiking trails and environs to see. Love taking the time to hike around when visiting family in Troutlake. Hiking can be as easy or strenuous as you like, depending upon the company you keep.

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