Sawmill Flat Campground is located along the Naches River in the Northern Cascade Range of Washington.
The campground provides and ideal setting for both individual and family camping excursions.
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers a multitude of recreational activities for its visitors.
In addition to being a prime location for hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and mountain biking in summer and early fall, the area provides excellent skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Hikers and backpackers are especially fortunate to have access to a variety of spectacular trails near the campground and in the surrounding areas. Designated Wilderness provides thousands of pristine acres of incredible landscapes to enjoy in solitude or with a small group.
Frost Mountain Lookout Trail is a favorite for many in the area, and river enthusiasts may enjoy a whitewater paddle on the nearby American River.
Sawmill Flats Campground offers standard, tent only, and walk up sites.
Vault toilets and drinking water are available, however there are no electrical hook-ups.
Because of its wide geographic range, the Okanogan-Wenatchee is a stunning and unique National Forest. High, glaciated alpine peaks tower along the Cascade Crest. Lush valleys of old growth forest define its western boundary. And, at its eastern edge, rugged shrub-steppe country comprises a more arid region.
Elevations range from below 1,000 ft. to over 9,000 ft.
The Naches River, adjacent to Sawmill Flat Campground, is a tributary of the Yakima River in central Washington. In its upper reaches the river flows through rugged terrain and areas of pristine wilderness. Before joining the Yakima River it makes its way through valleys and is a significant irrigation source for areas northwest of Yakima.
Used by Native Americans and settlers throughout history, the river has served as an natural corridor between the east and west sides of the Cascades through the Naches Pass.
Boulder Cave National Recreation Trail is one of the most popular places in the District. Visitors enjoy the accessible trail along the river or hiking to Boulder Cave. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the geology, plants, animals and fire history of the area.
In the fall thousands of people come to experience white water rafting on both the Tieton and American Rivers. Hikers may want to traverse at least a portion of the spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of the world's premier National Scenic Trails. This trail showcases some of North America's most fantastic scenery, winding its way its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.
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So to say I’m a rustic camper is pretty accurate, although Sawmill does have potable water and around 23+ sites at a reasonable price of a little less than $20 a night, it screams “living off the land” to me.
We were pleased to discover that you can also camp offsite for free and have day passes to use their facilities if need be. Access to the river was easygoing, a light hike at best, so really, if you can find a spot anywhere within the campground, I wouldn’t say that any 1 spot is better than another; all equally enjoyable.
Some of the best features is the accessibility to the Little Naches River, plenty of hiking trails for all experiences, and (my favorite) a road that leads up to a ghost town called Lester that’s bridge was washed out leaving only four wheelers able to access its hidden treasures.
For adventure and some relaxing I would recommend Sawmill Flat Campgrounds…but remember to bring your off road vehicle for a great adventure.