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Dispersed Camping

Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed

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Location

Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed is located in Washington

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Coordinates

47.01436258 N
121.53252475 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
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Site Types

  • Dispersed

Features

For Campers

  • Picnic Table
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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8 Reviews

R
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2023

Large area with mixed sites

Was busy over the Labor Day weekend, prob around 50 trailers all together, couldn’t even count all the tents. We found a nice area for our 27 foot trailer that wasn’t too close to our neighbors. There are areas that are very shaded and areas that are open. Great for starlink and solar power. My only complaint was the trash that other campers left, mostly those tenting. A few had fires going even though it’s clearly posted NO FIRES. There was a notice posted saying the county is considering making it a reservation/charge area. $5 per night, tenting areas and smaller back in shaded areas are past the pit restroom. When you turn into the area, take the road to the left at the sign for the open area, the road straight is rough and heavily shaded.

Sitein open field on left, before pit restroom
Month of VisitOctober
N
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2023

Huge

Wide open area with plenty of space. The road to get on had some huge pot holes in it, but even in a sedan it was passable going slow enough.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed by Nicholas P., June 17, 2023
  • Review photo of Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed by Nicholas P., June 17, 2023
Jacob M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2022

Snow camping wonderland

Great find right off of 410 before the pass closes. Plenty of spots over 100 and room for vehicles or tents. If you can get in here you can camp. Fire rings, picnic tables, vault toilets and a cool airfield. Plenty of snow but be careful of the signs and stay on designated roads.

Sitemiddle spot by second windsock
Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed by Jacob M., December 22, 2022
  • Review photo of Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed by Jacob M., December 22, 2022
  • Review photo of Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed by Jacob M., December 22, 2022
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MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2022

Good alternative to regular campgrounds

Nice place for dispersed camping and only 5$! close the NP entrance and plenty of space here

Month of VisitJuly
Greg B.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2021

Rough it

100+ sites. $5/night. Can always find a spot. Dry camp only. 3 pit toilets spread out across the area. Can get a little loud depending on your neighbors. I avoid the big holidays.

Siteall of them
Month of VisitNovember
Annie C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 31, 2021

Camp next to an active airstrip!

This is such a cool place to camp! You are literally right on an active airstrip. There are roughly 40 sites spread out along a long narrow loop, with some walk in sites. There are no services here- no water, no, wifi, no trash pick up, no campground host(there is a moderately clean vault toilet). But it’s also free, or a$5 donation at the iron ranger. It was a little confusing. AND IT'S ON AN ACTIVE AIRSTRIP!! Most sites have good trees for hammocks. I strongly suggest you have a way to secure your food and trash as there are lots of squirrels and raccoons. Did I mention it's on an active airstrip? While no planes came in while I was there, I walked across the airstrip to the“comfort station” for fliers and read the log book. Two planes had flown in earlier in the day and left nice messages. It looked like 3-5 planes used the airstip a week in the warm months. The White River is between the campground/airstrip and the highway and it drowns out most of the road noise. I didn’t check things out on the other side of the airstrip too much, but it looked like there were some dispersed sites there as well.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed by Annie C., May 31, 2021
  • Review photo of Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed by Annie C., May 31, 2021
  • Review photo of Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed by Annie C., May 31, 2021
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Mike K.
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2020

Go offseason

Best in late fall when it's cooler. Less loud drunkards. Dont get me wrong, I love my cocktails but can get a little obnoxious. Can fit large RV's down a half mile rough road. I have been a few times in october/November in a 40 ft 5er. No hookups or onsite water. We went into Mt Ranier nat park and filled a 40 gallon tank from a waterfall along the road then pumped it into the rv. VERY large sites for RVS. Many smaller tent sites. We were there during military skydiving practice. Very cool!

C
Reviewed May. 14, 2018

Buck Creek??

I always thought this was called Buck Creek.. Always camped here when i was young. Love this place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed does not have wifi.