The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is truly a landscape that has something for everyone, including several accessible adventures that are designed to bring people of all ages and strengths into the outdoors. Here is a sampling of the accessible hikes in the Gifford Pinchot!
Trail 247: Woods Creek Watchable Wildlife
One of the Gifford Pinchot's most interesting hikes, this short loop is a great way to encounter wildlife of all sorts. Bring your binoculars and take some time to also check out the interpretive signs to learn more about the area.
This trail is accessible, with compact gravel surfacing. It's very good for families with small children too!
Trail 247A: Oldgrowth Loop
Looking for a bit longer hike? Try the Oldgrowth Loop, which connects to the Woods Creek Trail. While more challenging than the former, it's still a very accessible trail. Do bear in mind that grades on some sections can get steep, but those stretches are very few and far between.
Enjoy the landscape that changes to an old-growth forest that is home to beaver, elk and other mammals. Watch for birds too! Again, bring the binoculars...and if you want photos, a zoom lens is a must!
Trail 187: Iron Creek Campground Loop
This wide, barrier-free trail is level throughout and perfect for enjoying a day during just about any season. Get beautiful views of the Cispus River and the vast forest that contains it. This trail also connects with the Iron Creek Oldgrowth Trail, another barrier-free trail that takes you right into the heart of beautiful old-growth! With scenery all around, these two trails are open to hiker and wheelchair use only, allowing all who use the trail to take their time and fully immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.
For More Information
Visit the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's Forest Accessibility Guide for a map of all accessible trails, campgrounds and other facilities in the forest.
Know of any more accessible excursions in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest or Lewis County in general? Get in touch with us and let us know!