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BCHW is affiliated with Back Country Horsement of American and therefore adopts the BCHA mission statement as follows:

The mission of this organization shall be:

  • To perpetuate the common-sense use and enjoyment of horses in America's back country and wilderness.

  • To work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.

  • To assist the various governmental and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.

  • To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.

  • To foster and encourage the formation of new chapters in the state organization.


We promote and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles.

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.

  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.

  3. Dispose of waste properly.

  4. Leave what you find.

  5. Minimize campfire impacts.

  6. Respect wildlife.

  7. Be considerate of others.


Kalama Horse Camp is the result of thousands of volunteer hours provided by members of the Washington Trail Riders Association, the Mount St. Helens Trac-Riders and the Mount St. Helens Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington, with support of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and grant dollars received for the project.​​​

The Mount St. Helens Chapter continues to dedicate many volunteer hours, with the help of the USFS, every spring/summer to keep Kalama Horse Camp and surrounding trails open.  As time allows, we also work at other horse camps and trails in the area, including Battle Ground State Park, Beacon Rock State Park, and Rock Creek Horse Camp, often alongside other user groups.  We're fortunate to have formed good relationships with other user groups and public lands officials which gives us a "bigger voice" regarding our right to recreate on public lands

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