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Description - The William O. Douglas Wilderness includes 166,000 acres located between the White Pass and Chinook Pass highways. It is jointly administered by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Wenatchee National Forest and shares a boundary with the Mt. Rainier National Park on the West. Approximately 25 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail travel along the Cascade crest between its boundaries. Features of the wilderness include scattered peaks, sharp ridges, steep slopes and hundreds of small lakes and potholes. Fish and wildlife are abundant here, and may minerals are found.

Attractions - The wilderness shares a boundary with the Mt. Rainier National Park on the West and features scattered peaks, sharp ridges, steep slopes, hundreds of small lakes and potholes, and fish and wildlife. In addition to the Soda Springs and Deep Creek Campgrounds, there are numerous trails for visitors to enjoy.

Recreation - Activities include hiking, camping, backpacking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and fishing.

While significant portions of the William O. Douglas Wilderness are high elevation forest, the overall topography is varied. The Cougar Lakes portion is characterized by high alpine lakes, and the Tumac Plateau, in a forest setting, is dotted with numerous lakes. The eastern edges of this wilderness drop to mid-elevation pine forest and bare ridges. The Meeks Table Natural research area, located on a basalt table mountain, is within this wilderness at its eastern boundary.

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 William O. Douglas Wilderness is located between the White Pass and Chinook Pass highways. It can be accessed via Forest Routes 4510, 1809, 395, and 1800.

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Filed By: Jessica Harris (Tacoma, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Don't want to give away all the good spots, but it's a great place to explore. We hardly saw any other people and got to sleep right on the river it was the best camping hiking trip ever! Now to investigate cougar lake.

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Contact Information:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 10600 NE 51st Circle, P.O. Box 8944 , Vancouver, WA, 98682, Phone: 360-891-5000, Fax: 360-891-5045, TTY: 360-891-5003

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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