Five primitive campsites available with a fire pit and picnic table at each site adjacent to Wahtum Lake located just east of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and multiple hiking opportunties. Trees and shade available.
Sometimes the better adventures come from spontaneity, and when an old friend of mine asked if I wanted to socially-distanced camp, one of those trips began. We left Portland at 7 that night and found several campsites to be closed. After getting to Wahtum Lake at 9 that night, we found it to be full, and chose to pick a logging road and camp to the side of it. The view of Mt Hood that I woke up to almost made me forget that my city is being occupied by federal forces, who kidnap random people off the street and attack press. Suffice to say, I would go back.
Beautiful and secluded place. There are sites right near the parking lot (and pit toilet) that are flat, plenty of wood for building a fire, picnic tables and fire pits, great for care camping. The sites are not private, and are quite exposed to hikers and other campers. Easy access to trails and the lake is 1/4 mile easy downhill hike. We hiked down to the lake and there are sites there. Beautiful, on the lake, first come first served. Highly recommend!
Wahtum Lake itself is beautiful but the campground is a bit far from it. It's about a 10 minute walk down a steep path and stairs to actually get to the lake. The sites are extremely close to each other, especially up near the pay station. As you drive up toward the campground there are 2 sites off to the left that are more private but we had a hard time finding enough flat space for 2 tents there. So we ended up near the pay station and parking lot. There are 3 major trails nearby (including the PCT) so even though there was only one other occupied campsite besides ours, the parking lot was super busy with at least 10 cars parked there at all times. It's kind of fun to watch all the hikers heading out but doesn't make for a very quite or secluded experience.