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Description - Covering the northern portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District includes the Tatoosh, Goat Rocks, William O Douglas, and Glacier View wildernesses.

Attractions - The Ranger District offers over 100 trails and nearly 20 campgrounds for visitors to enjoy. The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District also includes the Tatoosh, Goat Rocks, William O Douglas, and Glacier View wildernesses.

Recreation - There are numerous activities including hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, motorcycle riding, wildlife viewing, and fishing.

Climate - Climate on the Gifford Pinchot changes drastically with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Deep winter snowpacks accumulate in the high elevations.

Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days with moderate temperatures.

Location - The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District covers the northern portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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Filed By: Kathy Roos (Tumwater, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is more of a warning then a report. If you choose to go to the Cowlitz Valley Ranger Dist. during the Labor Day holiday, be prepared for lots of people. The town of Packwood has a flea market that takes up the whole town and backs up traffic. On my way this weekend.

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Contact Information:
Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, 10024 US Hwy 12, P.O. Box 670 , Randle, WA, 98377, Phone: 360-497-1100, Fax: 360-497-1102, TTY: 360-497-1101

Additional Information:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest - The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is located in southwest Washington State. It lies between Mount Rainier National Park and the Columbia River Gorge, and includes the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.


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