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Discover Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Established in 1897, Oregon's Gifford Pinchot National Forest is one of the oldest National Forests in the United States. Originally called Columbia National Forest, it was renamed as Gifford Pinchot National Forest in 1949 in honor of Gifford Pinchot, a prominent politician, and advocate. Gifford Pinchot is often is credited with spawning the idea that nature should be protected and preserved for the future. Pinchot was not shy about leaning on his network to achieve his goals of creating national parks and national forests, and one of his close contacts was President Roosevelt, who was like-minded.

The closest large town is Portland, which is about 50 miles west of the southern entrance to the national forest. Portland is considered an extremely progressive city, and it is famous for its hipster scene as well as the highest number of strip clubs per capita in the country (as of 2016). There are also movie theaters, pubs, and bars for you to enjoy should you wish to venture out.

Getting Outdoors

Over 1.3 million acres of Gifford Pinchot National Forest sprawls across the southern Cascades Mountain range, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and a large swath of forest. Adventurers have a choice of exploring old-growth forests, mountaintop tundra meadows, glaciers, or volcanoes - or all of the above, time permitting. Second, to Hawaii, the volcanoes in this region are among the most active volcanoes in the United States. Some of their lava tubes can be explored, too.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest boasts several hundred miles of established hiking trails, some of which are shared with horseback riders. There are several hundred more miles of unofficial trails that an experienced hiker may venture out upon, though it’s not generally recommended because it’s very easy to get turned around in deep woods without landmarks. Mountaineering - sometimes referred to as rock climbing - is extremely popular, especially on Mt. Adams, which is the second-highest mountain in Washington (Mt. Rainier being the first-highest peak), and Mt. St. Helens. All three are active volcanoes, which may bear some inherent thrill for adventurers.

The vast, dense woods is a habitat for a few hundred species, a few of which are endangered or threatened, including the spotted owl, bull trout, and chinook salmon. Hundreds of mammals, birds, and reptiles make their home in these old-growth woods, and a shortlist includes elk, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, and deer. Overhead, bald eagles, hawks, and other raptors share the sky in their endless pursuit of prey.

Open fields covered by berry bushes and shrubberies are interspersed in between thick groves of trees. The Sawtooth Berry Fields is especially prized for its robust huckleberry crops, which are usually at their peak in early falls. This field is one of the few that bans commercial operations, and it’s rare that the bushes are picked clean. Harvest fresh huckleberries to use in pancakes, pies, or dipped in cream for a savory snack.

Camping at Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Skip enduring noisy neighbors at hotels and wake up in a camper rental surrounded by nature. Fresh air, the sweet song of birds in the trees, and the soft rustle of leaves as the wind wafts through. What more could an avid outdoor adventurer want? Gifford Pinchot National Forest has a few dozen campgrounds, many of which are ideal for RV camping. One of the largest campgrounds is the La Wis Wis Campground, which is situated in a grove of old-growth trees. With over 100 sites to choose from, visitors also have access to potable water, small horse corrals, and restrooms. However, keep in mind that the access road has a couple of sharp turns, and rigs longer than 24 feet are not recommended.

Alternatively, you could also RV camp at Peterson Prairie, which is close to a huckleberry field, ice caves, and a natural bridge. Though there are no hookups, this campground has faucets with drinking water, restrooms, and with fewer sites (32 total), it’s also a quieter campground.

Exploring the Area

As enthralling as Gifford Pinchot National Forest is, don’t overlook the charms of the small towns that dot the perimeter of the park. Stevenson is close to the southern entrance to the park, and among its many attractions, it’s home to the Skamania County Fair, which is a terrific way to find local artists and crafters selling one-of-a-kind handmade items. What better place to find a souvenir of this memorable RV camping trip? The fair is usually held in mid-August.

Near the southwestern entrance of Gifford Pinchot National Forest is the charming historic town of Woodland, which is the site of one of the first trading posts in western Washington. It’s also well-known for its lilac gardens called Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, which is a National Historic Landmark thanks to the efforts of Hulda Klager, a gardener who cultivated lilac bushes from all over the world.

At the end of a long day of exploring, kick up your heels outside a travel trailer rental, and watch the stars twinkle in the night sky. Far from civilization, the stars are nearly bright enough to use as a source of illumination should one choose to go on a walk in a clearing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

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