Didn’t stay too long but it was nice. Very close to highway, sooo it was kind of loud, depending on the time of day. View of the lake was pretty. The campground and bathrooms were very tidy. Not too bad for a last minute decision to stay.
Alder Lake is an easy getaway from the city, about an hour twenty south on the 7. Alder Lake is surrounded by 4 year round campgrounds and many day use facilities. There are multiple camp sites for tents and RV hook ups.
Each site has a fire grate and picnic tables. There are water spickets throughout the park making water collection easy. The bathrooms are flushing and very clean and there are coin operated showers. Sites are maintained, a little close so privacy might be an issue.
The campsite was very clean and maintained, the hosts do a great job and you can tell they take pride in their duties. There is fire wood for sale at $5 a bundle. This is a must campground for an easy getaway.
When we visited Mount Rainier in the early season, we quickly discovered that not too many trails and activities throughout the park would be accessible. That included the developed campgrounds.
We found Rocky Point out of necessity, but we stayed because we loved it. The sites were adequate; not too scenic, but we had almost the entire campground to ourselves. There were even cheap coin-operated showers for our use, and after eight months on the road, this was amazing.
Because the Longmire and Paradise areas were the only areas open at that time of the season, Rocky Point gave us great access to what we could explore. Our favorite hikes of our time there included Rampart Ridge Trail and a long hike to a suspension bridge along the Wonderland Trail. We also spent some time playing in the snow and walking up as far as we could at Paradise.
You can read much more about our five days in the park on our blog: Switchback Kids (Mount Rainier)