I don’t have a horse but I still stayed here! We were in the area, struggling to find a place to camp. After 7 pm, the campground let us set up camp in an empty equestrian campsite. Unique experience!
The perfect place to make sure you have everything in order before heading halfway across the state to find out you forgot to pack the new campfire spatula you bought at the end of the year last year! Cabins, hike in tent/hammock sites, RV sites, they have it all! They even provide wheel barrows to haul stuff in to the hike-in sites!
Tiny little town gem. Super clean and nice full hookups including cable (I didn’t get mine to work but I’ve never tried before so that’s probably my lack of knowledge) laundry pool table video games swimming pool full bar restaurant that will deliver to your campsite! (I didn’t do it) If you’re going exploring the south side of st helens this is a great place to stay oh and they have cabins you can rent too. I recommend reservations. Cheers
This is a nice small campground right off the main road. You can see cars go by and see neighboring houses from many camp spots. Might be ok for a stop in between for a night but if you are looking for an away from it all campground this isn’t it. It is clean, has restrooms and showers, small playground and all sites have electric it seems.
Pay an extra $5 transaction fee if you didn’t reserve your spot and you can only stay one night if no reservations.
A great place to camp with the familyin tents or an rv, groups, rent a cabin or hold an event like a wedding. Bring your horses and ride the trails and stay at the horse camp.
Tent and two RV sites are on the first right turn and there is even a stream to play at. Cabins are the first left turn and each has a cute porch swing. Adirondacks are all over and great for scouts to group camp.
The lower bathroom is old and needs updated. The showers are free but the water just sprays everywhere and you have to keep pushing the button for more water. The upper bathrooms are amazing and worth the walk near the horse camp. The tent loop only has a porta potty but it doesn’t stink.
If you do not reserve your spots you can only stay one night and there is an additional $5 transaction fee to pay on site.
Oh and there is no map at the beginning but if you go to the horse camp there is a full map.
Sprint and Verizon have no signal for sure and no Wi-fi is available.
I’ll start with my favorite part, NO CELL SERVICE 👍 This place is totally free. There are 2 bathrooms. One ☝️ in the lower campground ⛺️ & one ☝️ in the upper. There are many trails which are fantastic for hiking 🥾 biking 🚵♀️ dirt bike 🏍 riding & quad riding. You’ll love 💕 the views from the old upper logging roads. Mt. Adams is in view from many trails and roads and simply gorgeous at sun set. If you fill your gas ⛽️ tank before you head to camp take the time to explore and you will find beautiful lakes, other campgrounds & cabin structures. There are many pieces of wood debris that are great to clean out of your camp area. We burned them in our campfire 🔥 and left our spot much nicer than when we came. You can google directions.
First time camping and doing it across the states starting in Tacoma WA and ending in Savannah GA. First stop was here and it seems like it’s setting the bar high. Super easy to find and claim a spot. Campsites were clear and a decent size with picnic table and a fire pit with a grill. The bathrooms have hot water and were clean. I was very impressed. It’s raining but the campgrounds can’t help that.
Last minute find. Absolutely gorgeous! If you’ve never camped before or still learning this is a great place to get your feet wet both figuratively and literally. Nice little trails throughout and a nearby river. Not far from the city of Portland. Campsites are reservations, but if you like to wing it you can easily find an available site - just find a site# with a green card attached and bring it to the welcome center. Check in is at 2pm and check out by 12pm.
The camp hosts maintained the park amazingly well, everything was very very clean. The view over the water was stunning (lots of sail boats!) and far enough out of town to be peaceful, and see the stars. The only downside was how close the spots were to each other. I suppose if we’d come in a group it would have been perfect!
Up at the base of Mt Hood, this large resort style campground (operates by Thousand Trails/Encore) offers various areas for camping. There are full RV hookup sites, tent sites, group tent sites, E/W RV hookups and cabins/yurts throughout. It seems most, of not all, RV sites have room for at least a small tent or more and they do allow that. There also is a few group tent sites that I saw.
As for amenities, the campground has a small store that sells the basics and some RV parts, a deli/restaurant, playground and pool.
There are trails to get to the Salmon River, not difficult by any means.
Being just a dozen miles or so from Government Camp, there are so many things to do when you want to get out of the campground.
It’s open year round, and many folks use Mt Hood Village RV Resort as a basecamp for activities for all seasons.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay, though the limited restroom and showers are oddly placed, with access only by walking the loop. There are no trails to get to them, so if you are at the other end, it’s a small hike. The plus is that the restrooms are clean and well stocked.
This place is fantastic for motorcycle & quad riders as there is riding for many, many miles w/ amazing sites to see. You’ll want to go when the weather is summer though or else you’ll run into deep snow. Blue Lake is crystal clear and much deeper than it would appear. It’s a 9-10 mile ride from camp. Great natural jumps and bumps. Lotta fun for all riders a little above new beginners though. GREAT RIDING!!!
Mt. Saint Helens has become a 4th of July tradition. In 2019, we hiked the Boundary Trail #1 to the Mount Margaret Wilderness overlooking the Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. We set out to camp at Dome Camp in between Coldwater Peak and Mount Margaret. Permits are required and limited to 4 per night. At the time, they cost $6ea.
Upon our arrival after a ginger 6 hour hike in, we were greeted with expansive views in all directions. There are 2 campsites, one low in the saddle and one up top, with a latrine in between the two. We chose the higher ground one to have an incredible view of Mount St. Helens to the South, The Dome to the East, and Mount Whittier to the NE. The site is nearly perfectly flat with soft sand gravel mix. There wasn't any debris to clear and plenty of room for 2 two person tents. We staked down the tents as it tends to get a bit windy, but guests never got above 10mph. No camp fires, ever!
We arrived around 2pm, just enough time to settle in, set up, eat and then enjoy the landscape's shifting shadows as Sun lowered toward the horizon behind us. The mountains glowed in the summer evening sun as the clouds sunk lower and lower, down into the valleys below us.
Low cloud fronts built strength at the Whittier Ridge and slowly crept over and down into the valley. The fog rolled up over us and The Dome, creating rivers of clouds flowing down into Spirit Lake and the valley. The clouds came in waves drastically changing the environment every 30mins, giving us something new to see everytime.
In the morning, there was a herd of mountain goats along the ridge to the south west looking down over us, playfully dancing along the steep walls. Woodpeckers and coyotes could be heard in the distance truly expanding the environment.
This park is just about a half hour drive from Portland so it’s an easy escape. The outer loop sites are quiet, spacious and wooded. They are also very close to a trailhead to nice hikes and the beach. The recent upgrades to playgrounds are awesome for the kids and the new welcome center makes check in a breeze. The one change that stinks is the firewood. The price went up from $5 to $7 for a smaller bundle that burns faster. In our most recent stay we burned through three bundles in one day/night.
We’re looking to expand our camping options and checked out Cowlitz Falls Campground. With a 31’ 5th wheel the camp sites were big enough, easy to get in, clean and offered privacy. There is a great mix of sites with trees, open spaces and in between. We’ll be back!
Campground Review: Super Cozy Vintage Airstream Near Portland
The first thing that Danielle, the campground host, told us after we'd checked in: "I think you're going to have a super cozy night." And she was right. If there's one word to describe the vintage 1959 airstream, it's cozy. Every little corner, window, and decoration was incredibly beautiful, sweet, and stylish. At check-in, we found a custom piece of artwork that welcomed us, as well as fresh flowers, 'smore fixings, oatmeal toppings, board games, and a guidebook with trailer instructions and local attractions. The pillows and linens were beautiful, and the woodwork (including the folding table) was amazing. Here's a video online I found of the airstream that's very similar to how it looks now:
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, we were able to stay at the campground at a great discount to be among the first to try it out and create an honest review, so here's my video of the campground:
Outside there was not only a fire pit and "unlimited" firewood, but also kindling, paper, and a lighter (which I had completely forgotten to bring). There's also a hammock, strings of lights, and a second vintage trailer (called the tater tot) that had just arrived and was being set up for smaller groups. While there's a toilet and sinks in the trailer, there is also another clean, brand new bathroom set up for use only by the campground as well.
Domke Farms is a large family farm equidistant from Boring and Sandy Oregon. Caretakers Danielle and Hy manage a small campground at the farm that stands under an incredible stand of evergreen trees. In addition to the "Cozy Roller" airstream and the smaller vintage teardrop, there are also several tent sites and Danielle and Hy's small home in the same camp circle. Farm dogs wander, and you're near fields of crops and soaring hawks and other birds. This is the second "intentional community" that Danielle and Hy have created (the first is in the mid-west), and you can definitely tell that they've done this before in how thoughtful everything is and in their vision for such a welcoming spot. They also gave us the perfect amount of privacy, with just enough help at check-in and check-out to make our stay pleasant.
The airstream itself was my favorite part of the trip. I absolutely adored all the little details and it is a very happy space.
Good to Know
Other than the fire pit, hammock, and a bit of land, there's not a whole lot to do at the campsite, especially for kids who may be used to playgrounds or junior ranger programs. We ended up heading into Sandy and Boring for parks and biking, of which there are plenty.
As mentioned before, there are several super sweet farm dogs who may wander by, including the hosts' huge great dane/lab mix puppy, who can get pretty excited. This can be good or bad, depending on your comfort level with dogs, but also very flexible since any time the hosts left they made sure "Charlie" was in their home and happy.
All-in-all, we had a lovely time with lovely hosts. I could definitely see this being perfect for a writing or art retreat, or just a relaxing break away from the city.
Product Review of The Grub Stick Intro Kit
Our family won a Grub Stick Intro Kit from the Dyrt and decided to try it out on our recent camping trip to Domke Farms.
One of the best indicators of how we feel about it is that ever since our trial, the Grub Stick has become a standard part of our camping gear. We've even changed the food we bring since cooking over the fire has become so much easier.
Strong handle doesn't feel like it will fall into the fire when extended
Love the bag the kit comes in
Good to Know
'Smores and other items in the square cage get hot, so can be difficult to remove, especially when sticky like chocolate and marshmallows
With only one base, everyone is fighting over who gets to use it, so next time we'd probably get at least two
Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars
The base with the forks has been my favorite addition. The forks are especially solid and useful for larger items such as oversized hot dogs and corn, which would fall off or bend our other cookers. I'm less excited about using the cage for things such as 'smores since they're difficult to remove, but definitely up for trying it out with different items such as Portobello mushrooms in the future, which could work better. Overall, we've been very happy with the Kit and plan to get other accessories and try them out. It's been a fun addition to our camping cook-outs.
As of July 2019, the creek is running really low. Maybe ankle high deep.
Sites 8, 9 ,10 are ideal as they are tucked away and sit in front of the creek. Sites 13 & 14 are better as they sit in a corner and have creek access right next to them but they have the toilet rooms right across from them. 13 & 14 would be great for someone with kids!
The whole place is extremely shaded by all the trees.
Great camping spot with some pretty nice sites, paid $17 for the night, only reason for 4stars is it next to the freeway so you will hear it and there’s also a train that goes by occasionally! No running water but there are holes for restrooms! This place is great if your the type of people who sleeps out of there vehicle! A rooftop tent maybe hard to get setup here
The best things about Lone Fir Resort are the location and the restaurant. I first discovered Lone Fir when looking for a place to stay the night before a Mt St Helens Summit, and I've been back a number of times - usually for breakfast before a big hike or lunch/dinner/icecream after an adventure.
There is also wifi here- it's not free, but it's worth paying when your phone doesn't work and you really want to upload those pictures of your Mt St Helens Summit!
There's also a small pool
Lewis River Campground is right at the trail head and adjacent to the lower falls, so there's plenty to see and do right around the camping area.
In May the campground had just opened and there was still a bit of clean up from winter that hadn't been done-- but the area was still beautiful.
It's just a few miles up the trail to the middle and upper falls, and if you want a longer hike, there is plenty more trail beyond.
Sites are equipped with Picnic tables and a fire pit. Plenty of hammocking trees around. It's the kind of campsite that's worth staying at for more than one night.
The Dairy Creek Campground at Stub Stewart is a two loop campground. The sites are spacious, but there isn't much character. The East loop is pretty much an open field. The west loop has a few more trees but still not much privacy or space between sites.
Dairy Creek is clean and well maintained, and has great access to the trails and disc golf around the park. If you're in an RV this is a good set up. If you're camping with kids, there's a play area here.
There are a few "walk in" sites where you don't park your car next to your tent, but rather in the parking lot next to the grassy area where the open tent sites are. If you're looking for a better tent camping experience that actually feels like it's in the woods, you're better off going to the hike in campground in the park.
The loops are big and there is parking near the bathroom. This is great if you don't want to walk a long way, but it's bad if you've got the campsite near the bathroom with all the cars coming and going.