Morrison Creek Campground, Gifford Pinchot, Washington

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Morrison Creek Campground Details

  • Campground Rating:
  • Number of Campsites: 8
  • Avg. Overnight Fee: no fee
  • Drinking Water: No
  • Toilets: Vaulted
  • Camphost on Site: No
  • Fires Allowed: Yes
  • Cell Service: Verizon Only
  • Season: 07-01 - 10-01
  • Nearest Store (Miles): 15
  • GPS: 46.130304,-121.515595
  • Showers: No
  • Firewood for Sale: No
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Morrison Creek Campground Description

Located on the access road to the South Climb route of Mount Adams, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Morrison Creek Forest Campground is remote, quiet, and primitive. Morrison Creek provides a seasonal water source, running clear and cold. There is no piped water; the creek water requires filtering. Vault toilets (2) are incredibly clean and free of odor. Crude fire pits are provided. The Forest Service claims there are 12 campsites, but that is a liberal estimate. Access to the campground is via paved, gravel, and dirt roads, all passable and well maintained. The campground road itself is unmaintained and passable by high clearance four wheel drive only. The general forest around Morrison Creek Campground has been afflicted by the Spuce Budworm, resulting in about a 50% kill of trees. The Forest Service has pro-actively cut down most of the dead or dying trees. The result looks like asset from the Ax Men – downed trees, slash piles, jumbles of logs, and general unsightliness due to deforestation. The Shorthorn Trail, providing direct access to the Around the Mountain Trail, leaves directly from the far end of the Campground. It is a beautiful trail, immediately entering wilderness.

Overall pluses of the Morrison Creek Campground are solitude, clean facilities, ample firewood, close proximity to the South Climb trail head, and trail access. Overall negatives are visual unattractiveness, lack of piped water, and no visual attractions.

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  1. A nice campground. The best things to do here is hiking into the Mt. Adams Wilderness and biking on dirt forest roads and biking trails. Please note that the Cascade Creek Fire burned through this area, as well as the entire south and southwest side of Mt. Adams. The fire burned over 20,000 acres. That would be 20,000 acres plus the previous Cold Springs fire of 2006 that burned nearly 8,000 acres, a comparatively huge area as well.

    For scenic beauty, and if you want to escape the burned area, I would recommend camping at one of the many campgrounds in the Midway High Lakes Area, northwest of Adams instead. Takhlakh Lake is the most popular, at over 40 sites and postcard views of Mt. Adams across the lake. Some of the other, more rustic campgrounds in the area include Olallie Lake, Council Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Killen Creek, and Twin Falls. The developed Adams Fork CG and rustic Cat Creek CG are also within the area, but are located at a very low elevation, along the Cispus River instead.