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North Fork Bear Group Camp, WA

part ofGifford Pinchot National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: North Fork Bear Group Camp
Status: Open through Mon Sep 28 2015   Season Dates


Shaded by a dense canopy of pine, fir and cedar trees, North Fork Bear Group sits alongside the Cispus River in the North Fork Campground. Typically open from mid-May to late September, North Fork Bear Group is one of three popular group sites within the campground.

North Fork is situated between three of Washington's most impressive mountains; Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier. The variety of recreational activities and the diverse natural beauty draws many visitors to this area.

Natural Features:

Located in southwest Washington state, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, established by Congress in 1982.

North Fork is part of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, which is located in the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

This Ranger District manages four Wilderness Areas including the Goat Rocks, Glacier View, Tatoosh and William O. Douglass Wilderness. Nearby rivers include the Cowlitz River, Clear Fork of the Cowlitz and the Cispus River.

A variety of wildlife may be spotted in this area, including elk, deer and bears.


North Fork Bear Group makes a great base camp for a variety of activities. Hikers, mountain bikers and off-road vehicle riders can access the nearby multi-use Valley Trail. From this trail, riders can enjoy a network of over 50 miles of additional off-road vehicle trails.

The North Fork Loop trail is open to foot traffic and can also be accessed in this area.

Anglers can fish the Cispus River for brook trout, steelhead and salmon.


The group site will accommodate up to 25 people with tents and RVs. It's secluded with gated access.

Picnic tables, grills and drinking water are provided. There is a host on-site and firewood is available for sale.

Nearby Attractions:

Randle is the closest town to North Fork, and it offers access to the Windy Ridge Lookout at Mount St. Helens. Adventurous hikers who want to enjoy some spectacular views may be interested in the Tongue Mountain Trail, which reaches an elevation of 4,838 feet.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
Know Before You Go
  • Store food in bear-proof containers
  • Off-road vehicles not permitted within the campground
  • Click here for more information about Gifford Pinchot National Forest

  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.45083, -121.78778
46°27'3"N, 121°47'16"W

From I-5, take Highway 12 east to Randle, and from there go south on Road 25 and continue until you reach a fork in the road. Take the left fork onto Road 23 and travel for about 10 miles to North Fork Campground & Group Camps.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

North Fork Bear Group Camp

Randle  WA  98377

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
Mail to: P.O. Box 8516

Coburg OR 97408

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