Peterson Prairie Campground offers shaded and secluded campsites nestled in a forest of large pine, spruce and fir trees. The campground tends is popular among huckleberry pickers.
At an elevation of 2,800 ft., Peterson Prairie offers a cool summertime climate during the hottest part of the season. Several kid-friendly attractions are a short distance away, making this campground a great choice for families.
Seasonal harvesting of huckleberries and mushrooms is a popular pastime.
Natural Bridges and Ice Cave are scenic, family-friendly nature trails near Peterson Prairie Campground. A stairway leading into the Ice Cave allows convenient access to the cave's incredible ice formations. Please be prepared when visiting the caves. Information is avaialble at the campground and the Mt Adams Ranger Station.
Drinking water and vault toilets are available. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The sites are spacious with gravel parking spurs.
Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument established by Congress in 1982.
Peterson Prairie is located in the Mt. Adams Ranger District. Nearest town is Trout Lake, WA.
The Mount Adams Ranger District offers a large variety of habitats and natural features, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows, glaciers, and low and high elevation lakes.
This campground is near Bird Creek Meadows, a trail that offers spectacular wildflower displays and opportunities to observe numerous birds.
Goose Lake is 8 miles west of the campground and offers excellent trout fishing.
ADA Access: N
This campground boarders both sides of the Lost Creek (Dried up most of the time). The sites are fairly large, but very open with little to no privacy. I was in spot 10 and the entire spot was open up to the road, which is not my favorite. Many of the other sites were open due to no small trees/brush. There was also a very fine dust in the entire spot that can drive certain people nuts, especially ones with small dogs who turn into little clouds of dust!
There were a couple deer that roamed the campground and wondered in and out of campsites. I had to shoo away 1 so he wouldn't stomp on my little dog while walking through my site. It was cool seeing them up close though. Also it was the start of a very good huckleberry season and the entire campground was full of huckleberry bushes. I was able to gather several cups just from my camp spot alone.
While this isn't my favorite campsite, it was overall a good campground and if you are in the area I would recommend it.
Good sized spots with plenty of trees, picnic table, and metal fire rings with grill grates. Good feeling of privacy. Lots of wild huckleberries to pick when we visited in late July. Clean pit toilets. Drinking water available. Close to ice cave. Fishing at Goose Lake nearby.
This park has several double sites which gives lots of space. They also had a group site. The park was clean and typical but the creek was dryed up :(
Had a great (very cold) time at this campground! Went in May and it was very quiet here. Had the campground almost to ourselves. The spots were big and mostly spread out. It is close to hiking spots and the cute little town of Troutdale.
We reserved a multi-family (not group) site #14 for the weekend. There was ample parking for everyone. The hosts were super friendly and helpful. Bathrooms were clean and well stocked (hand sanitizer!). Site was large and clean with garbage can in the parking area, designated water spicket, mostly shaded during the day. Privacy was created by parking vehicles strategically. Deer came through our site regularly during the day. Nice breeze kept the temps down. Lots to do nearby. Our site was very dusty, but it's also been a dry summer.
Campground was nice bathrooms weren't super clean but man is the area gorgeous! Its fairly remote so no cell service which i count as a plus. The camp sutes are on a big loop and have a decent amount of privacy exceot for the larger group sites just due to the size of the sites …all in all it was a great week the rates weren't bad and the host was friendly
Close to the incredible Guler Ice Caves. Simple campground in the national forest and not far from town. Excellent hiking nearby. Very private good-sized campsites, some close to a small creek. Campground has a few pit toilets, water provided, quite buggy (it’s the PNW, it’s always buggy). Our neighbors were serious mushroom hunters and they were kind enough to share a few---amazing and very memorable.