Tinkham Campground is located along the South Fork Snoqualmie River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. It offers some of the most stunning scenery in Washington's North Cascades, as well as easy access to an abundance of recreational activities.
The surrounding area is a prime location for hiking, fishing, picnicking and horseback riding in summer and early fall. In winter, visitors can take advantage of skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.
A handful of hiking trails lie within a short driving distance, making Tinkham an ideal setting for both individual and family camping excursions. The 0.5-mile Tinkham Discovery Trail is an easy, family-friendly nature path. It weaves through fallen, moss-covered trees to a small pond. Children love investigating the insects, wildflowers and fungi along the trail.
Tinkham Campground offers single-family sites, a few of which are accessible. Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water. No electrical hookups are available.
The campground sits alongside the river, in a towering canopy of Douglas fir, cedar and western hemlock, providing abundant shade.
Rugged peaks, scenic rivers and abundant wildlife define the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and surrounding designated wilderness areas. On a clear day visitors can see Mt. Baker, which rises to an elevation of 10,781 feet. The active volcano is perpetually snow-capped. Mt. Baker's summit, Grant Peak, is actually a 1,300-foot-deep mound of ice, which hides a massive volcanic crater.
Wildlife in the area ranges from mountain goats in the higher elevations to coyotes and pine martens in the forests. Migratory birds and native fish find ample habitat in the varied ecosystems as well.
Mount Rainier National Park is about an hour away. This beautiful park offers fantastic glimpses of glaciers, subalpine ecology and volcanic landscapes. Hiking and scenic driving are the area's most popular activities.
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My wife and I went to Tinkham during the week to get away from the city for a few days. Our campsite (#33) was off of the river and well spaced from other campsites. Being close to the freeway, you do hear the car noise but it’ll get drowned out after awhile, a pretty basic site and overall good experience. Day hikes nearby and the host was very friendly. I would say, if you’re living in the city and if you’d like to get out of town for a few, test out your camping equipment, tinkham is perfect for it!
Great camping spots, lots of space and privacy from the other campers. Only down side, the campground is pretty close to the freeway, you can hear the white noise from the cars on the road through the night/day.
River/creek is right behind the campsite! The sites have easy access points.
The best part of this campground area is that it is near the river. Unfortunately, a lot of folks use it and abuse it as well. The unpaved road to the camp areas took out a tire of mine, so make sure you have a spare or roadside assistance that’ll save you in the woods.
Spent the Sunday after the 4th of July and it was still relatively full We didn’t stay in the paid campground but a little further up the road. After having to clean the site up a bit it was a really great spot. Close enough to hear the river all night so it’s relaxing!
I have always enjoyed camping here. Sites are well spaced out, mostly private, and nestled among the trees. River next to the campground is nice, especially helpful to drone out traffic from I-90. Within an hour of Seattle
Spacious sites. Quiet and relaxing. We chose a spot close to the water and this is by far the nicest camp site we have ever experience. 11/10 stars!
We were traveling from the Olympic Peninsula to the Tri-Cities and needed to stop for the night when I saw this campground. Because we are somewhat spontaneous travelers, leaving late afternoon, I knew it would be slim pickings for a campsite. But hey, we just have a tent and need a place to put it. After driving down the the not too bad dirt road, we saw the campground was full. Never being afraid to ask a question, we approached the campground host and asked about the unmarked spot near the campground entrance. He said we could have it for the night! Talk about relieved! He was very friendly. Well we set up the tent and got ready to get some sleep when we realized the constant hum was not the river but was I-90. All night long… Probably won’t stay here again unless we have ear plugs. Campground was clean though with nice camping spots.
Beautiful campground in a great location! Close to so many hikes and outdoor activities. The only downside is that the sound of the freeway is never ending. Will definitely stay again tho!
A very nice campground! The sizes vary for the size of group you need. It is close to the highway but the river in the spring covers up the sound of the highway.
The river is a fun place to play in, find cool rocks and if you need some nature photos. This is highly recommended if you have kids who need to roam free.
There is free camping on the road before you get to the campground if you are running tight on cash or all the spots are full. These sites are right along the river an unmarked but are remarkable.
This is a great campground on the south fork of the Snoqualmie River, however, no matter what month we go, the water is always super cold. Gotta love glacier water.
There are ton trees through the site as well as more open sites to get the occasional sunshine. We stayed in a site directly on the river and loved hearing the sound of the water at night. There are a few bathrooms around the campgrounds but only one water spicket for drinkable water.
There was both walk-in sites and reservable sites for both tents and RVs. No hookups though.
My littles loved the Discovery Trail on the edge of the campground. It was super easy for them to do and only about a mile and a half.
Off the 90, you have to go down a mile and a half unpaved road. The sight is near the freeway and you will hear the cars during a busy weekend.