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Iron Creek Campground

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 01 December 2016
Location: South Cascades, Cowlitz River Valley

National Forest Development Road 25, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Randle, WA

Phone for reservation: 1-877-444-6777 or at website: www.recreation.gov
Open Season: Middle May – Middle September (depending on weather)
GPS Coordinates: N 46 25.784    W 122 0.781

Pictures below will take you on a virtual tour around a nice campground near the Cispus River. Enjoy the scenery!

 Photo taken at Iron Creek Campground, South Cascades Region, Mount St. Helens area
General Information:

Near the place where the Cispus River and Iron Creek merge together, you may find a wonderful place for overnight during your travels throughout Mount St. Helens Area Iron Creek Campground

Frankly speaking Iron Creek Campground, though being quite primitive, is one of the most splendid campgrounds of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Its proximity to the Windy Ridge Viewpoint (which is located approximately 20 miles southwards of the campground) makes it even more precious.

Photo taken at Iron Creek Campground, South Cascades Region, Mount St. Helens area

98 spacious camp sites (both single sites and multi-sites) are arranged into 4 loops (marked by letters A,B,C,D). Each campsite will offer you:

- paved parking apron,

- a wooden picnic table,

- a fire ring with grill.

The undeniable advantage of the Iron Creek Campground is its location in the midst of a beautiful dense oldgrowth forest. Impressively huge Douglas firs, Cedars and Hemlock trees towering over the campground, create solitude and privacy for the campsites.

Among the amenities and facilities of the campground are the following:

- vault toilets

- wheelchair accessible toilets

- potable water

- accessible picnic area

- 3 accessible campsites

- self-pay station

- firewood vendor

Unfortunately there are neither hook-ups nor dump stations and waste station at the territory of the campground. 

Photo taken at Iron Creek Campground, South Cascades Region, Mount St. Helens area

Staying at Iron Creek Campground you may explore its fascinating territory by hiking the Iron Creek Campground Trail, 1.5 miles long, running around the campground. The trail is barrier-free and accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. It is appropriate for the hikers with different level of skills and various ages. The access to the trail is possible almost from every Meandering through the enchanting forest the Iron Creek Campground Trail will take you to the Cispus River, opening amazing river views for you and giving you an opportunity for fishing.

By the way, if you decide to defy your luck in fishing, you may get a chance to catch whitefish, cutthroat trout or some rainbow fish.

Near the Picnic Area the Iron Creek Campground Trail joins a short (about 0,3 miles long) Iron Creek Oldgrowth Trail #87.

Photo taken at Iron Creek Campground, South Cascades Region, Mount St. Helens area

The campground rates as of 2016 are the following:

- single site - $20

- multi-site - $38

- extra vehicle - $10

but if you have an Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Golden AgePass, or Golden Access Pass you may get a 50% discount, but only for a single site.

The reservation can be made online at www.recreation.com, or you can call a toll-free number 1-877-444-6777. Mind, that reservations should be made at least 4 days before your arrival.



These pictures were taken on August 12, 2016

Driving Directions:

Coming from Randle, you should drive south by State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Turn right in about 1 mile at the Y-fork of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Then you should further follow Forest Road 25 for approximately 8 miles and you will arrive at the campground, which will be on your left.

GPS Coordinates: N 46 25.784    W 122 0.781

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Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska

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