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Located in southwestern Washington, 45 miles east of Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, Skamania County extends from the northern shores of the Columbia River, through the forested ridges and ravines of the Cascade Mountains, north beyond Mount St. Helens, and east to the flanks of Mt. Adams. Skamania County consists of 1,672 square miles that includes the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. 80% of the County is National Forest.
There are many hiking trails throughout Skamania County in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the Columbia River Gorge and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through Skamania County. There are many fishing opportunities throughout Skamania County. Some of the most popular species include rainbow trout, steelhead and bass. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, in Stevenson, offers information about the geologic and human past in the Columbia River Gorge. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through Skamania County, and some of their campsites can be visited. Those interested in historic markers can visit Fort Cascades and Fort Raines, both built in the 1850s to protect the portage road around the Cascades Rapids. Kiteboarding and windsurfing are seasonal sports popular in the Columbia River Gorge.
Please note that hunting Sasquatch, (Bigfoot), is illegal in Skamania County under a 1969 ordinance.
In 1980, a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens. The eruption ) was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California. The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on the mountain's north slope. The area has been preserved as the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.