This forested campground, along Early Winters Creek, is located near the confluence of Early Winters Creek and the Methow River. There are two trails nearby, within 4 miles of this campground: Cedar Creek Trail 476 and Driveway Butte Trail 481.
Would not be my first choice if other campgrounds aren't full. This side of the pass gets less rain and snow so it is more popular with hunters. At the time we visited it was full of hunting campers. Right off of hwy 20 with very little tree cover or privacy, some road noise. Campground is on both sides of the hwy.
We were with friends trying to camp at Diablo Lake, but by the time we arrived there was nothing available . So we kept driving and found this campsite the actual site area was fine, there just want much to recommend it. We took chairs down to the river which was pretty fun, but shallow and cold (not for swimming). There's a trail off the campsite, the first part is paved, the rest is dirt with a LOT of trees down on the path
As the other review stated, this isn't anything special but it is a nice spot if you find yourself in the Mazama area. Well maintained (although vault toilets can get a bit overwhelmed in the summer) with nice tall trees that provide great shade, a nice reprieve from the desert feel the east side of the Cascades can have in the summer. There is potable water available during the summer but no showers. But dear not, the Methow River is right there and it's super COLD thanks to all the snow melt. If you need a refreshing dip, this river will provide just that.
There's decent climbing close by at Goat Wall (5.2 miles from the campground). For more information on the crag check out Mountain Projects website: https://www.mountainproject.com/v/goat-wall/107192115
There are also several hiking trails in the vicinity that provide 360 degree views.
If you're hungry, or need a few odds and ends, check out the Mazama Store. This is a great family run store that has amazing baked goods and coffee. http://www.themazamastore.com
Be advised: this area has been prone to several wild fires the last several years (this summer being no exception). Please be sure to check current advisories and restrictions regarding open flames. If you are able to have a fire, please be sure to manage it with extra caution.
For $8 a night, you can't beat this spot!
Don't expect much out of this site but if all you need is some flat ground near the highway, this will do you just fine.