I recently moved to WA from Los Angeles so this review is legit 😁 Parking at cloudburst summit, gets full during peak season so get there early, first come first serve I really like this trail camp for many reasons, I’ve backpacked it with friends and even kids, you can take the road or the trail down to camp but I’d suggest the PCT for the scenic views. It’s around 2 to 3 miles exposed on the road and somewhat shaded on the trail but mostly exposed, you can get on the road from trail if you don’t want to take the long route or continue past it to stay on the PCT. The gnats are annoying so I recommend a bug screen cover for your face. When you get to camp you have two options, out in the open or nestled in the trees…I always went with the open site due to the bugs since there’s a creek there, they’re not too unbearable but they’re there. Several trees with good spacing for hammocks, lots of space for tents with tables and fire rings. The creek has water for the most part, not a lot which explains the bugs, enough to filter. At night, you have an amazing view of the sky. You can relax at camp or get back on the pct and check out some falls. This camp can get packed with scouts, so be ready for that. No trash bins so PACK IT OUT!!! Pit toilets on site. Have fun hiking uphill to get out, lol…the service road is a lot faster.
This backcountry camp is a good spot for first time backpackers. It is well known so head out early to get a good spot. I'd avoid going in the spring when the PCT hikers are in the area, this spot is on the PCT and crowded during PCT season. We went in late June and there was still water available near the campsite. There is a pit toilet but because this is a popular day hiking area it was so dirty I choose not to use it.