This trailhead is located on Forest Service Road 5710 just slightly northwest from Skull Hollow Campground. From this trailhead there is access to the Cole Loop Trail (#854) which junctions with the Warner Loop Trail (#854A) and Gray Butte Trail (#852). View a vicinity map here. *** There is a Closure Order prohibiting dispersed camping outside of the Skull Hollow campground. View a map of the closure area here. This closure is designed to help protect natural resources around the trailhead from overuse and to prevent conflict between campers and day users. Please observe the closure order and use the campground for camping in the vicinity of Skull Hollow trailhead.
Nothing to write home about but it’s close to smith rock and bathrooms are clean. Camp host is nice.
Site has no water so pack in plenty. Camp host sells firewood. Fires are allowed in the fire rings. High Desert, plan accordingly. Overall grounds were very clean and sites are plenty big. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
We were there in mid-August and only 3-4 of the 66 sites were occupied. Plenty of space to spread out. Not many trees for privacy or noise abatement but folks were quiet at night. A few sites at the entrance and Site 26 and 47 had some trees and light shade cover. Weekends are nice. I assume all weekdays are noisy. Got there Sunday afternoon and it was nice and quiet. That evening it was just the stars, coyotes, occasional cow and car driving by the main road. Monday was relentless. There is a commercial aggregate operation across the road and they run big trucks between sites non-stop (every 5 minutes) 24 hours starting Monday morning and all Monday night through Tuesday until we left. There is a slight grade so trucks are climbing and engine braking back and forth so their extra noisy. I assume this happens on all weekdays.
Bathrooms were clean (even the portapoties). Didn’t interact with camp host much but he seemed nice and was respectful of our space and privacy.
Hot and dry, no water and is kinda expensive.
Dropped in around midnight on a Friday in the middle of summer and easily found a spot to camp. Coyotes howling, stars amazing, vast space, and beautiful! (Didn't see an obvious place to pay at night and might have ended up at a "free" spot as one reviewer commented before). Worthy for the weary.
I rolled into camp a little later in the day and found a great spot to set up camp. From the campground to Smith Rock State Park it was only a 15 minute drive. At night could see the Milky Way.
Super excited to see Smith Rock for the first time! Hike all day, when we came back in the evening we could tell that our tent had been blown over in the wind but the camp host (I think his name is Charlie) put in extra stakes and tie offs to keep our tent up right. So so nice and generous of him. The campground is very inexpensive and doesn’t have a lot of amenities and that’s all good by me.
Great little campground, cleanest pit toilets I’ve ever used, friendly hosts and beautiful scenery. We’ll be back here for sure!
We arrived late in the evening and accidentally ended up at the free side of the camp (on the way in you need to turn left for the maintained area, which we didn't notice, but there was couple campsites built by the road continuing further). It was totally fine, we missed having a picnic table, but still there was a grill spot. Awesome location, in general I recommend it
We pulled up on a Saturday afternoon to find a plentiful selection of sites! It is a nice quiet campsite and easy to get to with a camper. We stayed at site 6 that had plenty of room for multiple tents and several cars and a trailer. The sites can be effected by wind and most certainly the sun. Overall a great dry camping site and if it’s full there are plenty of dispersed sites down the road!
Drove through this campsite to check out our next visit. This is the place to be on a clear night. I can only imagine the stars above and the show to be seen. I’ll definitely be back.