Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Located in southwest Washington, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1,368,300 acres of forests, mountains, river valleys, waterfalls, wildernesses, and volcanoes. The forest is divided into the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, the Mount Adams Ranger District, and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
White Pass Scenic Byway
Yes, the White Pass Scenic Byway is a beautiful drive… But, the best reasons to visit the byway are for the things you can DO here, more than the things to SEE. From East to West, West to East, the byway offers World Class recreation. For many visitors within the region or around the world, the byway is a route for exploring Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mt Adams. For those in the know – either canny locals or niche recreationists from around the country – there are amazing recreational opportunities all along the byway, in every season.
Mount Rainier National Park, created in 1899, is a must-see destination when visiting Washington State, Seattle or Portland and just an hour away is the Mount St. Helens National Monument. The Parks numerous glaciers, snowfields, wildflower-filled meadows, and 1000 year-old towering firs highlight the Parks 235,625 acres. With 26 glaciers, 63 different species that call the park home, and 382 lakes the park is a travelers delight.