Tinkham Campground is located along the South Fork Snoqualmie River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. It offers some of the most stunning scenery in Washington's North Cascades, as well as easy access to an abundance of recreational activities.
The surrounding area is a prime location for hiking, fishing, picnicking and horseback riding in summer and early fall. In winter, visitors can take advantage of skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.
A handful of hiking trails lie within a short driving distance, making Tinkham an ideal setting for both individual and family camping excursions. The 0.5-mile Tinkham Discovery Trail is an easy, family-friendly nature path. It weaves through fallen, moss-covered trees to a small pond. Children love investigating the insects, wildflowers and fungi along the trail.
Tinkham Campground offers single-family sites, a few of which are accessible. Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water. No electrical hookups are available.
The campground sits alongside the river, in a towering canopy of Douglas fir, cedar and western hemlock, providing abundant shade.
Rugged peaks, scenic rivers and abundant wildlife define the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and surrounding designated wilderness areas. On a clear day visitors can see Mt. Baker, which rises to an elevation of 10,781 feet. The active volcano is perpetually snow-capped. Mt. Baker's summit, Grant Peak, is actually a 1,300-foot-deep mound of ice, which hides a massive volcanic crater.
Wildlife in the area ranges from mountain goats in the higher elevations to coyotes and pine martens in the forests. Migratory birds and native fish find ample habitat in the varied ecosystems as well.
Mount Rainier National Park is about an hour away. This beautiful park offers fantastic glimpses of glaciers, subalpine ecology and volcanic landscapes. Hiking and scenic driving are the area's most popular activities.
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Spacious sites. Quiet and relaxing. We chose a spot close to the water and this is by far the nicest camp site we have ever experience. 11/10 stars!
We were traveling from the Olympic Peninsula to the Tri-Cities and needed to stop for the night when I saw this campground. Because we are somewhat spontaneous travelers, leaving late afternoon, I knew it would be slim pickings for a campsite. But hey, we just have a tent and need a place to put it. After driving down the the not too bad dirt road, we saw the campground was full. Never being afraid to ask a question, we approached the campground host and asked about the unmarked spot near the campground entrance. He said we could have it for the night! Talk about relieved! He was very friendly. Well we set up the tent and got ready to get some sleep when we realized the constant hum was not the river but was I-90. All night long… Probably won’t stay here again unless we have ear plugs. Campground was clean though with nice camping spots.
Beautiful campground in a great location! Close to so many hikes and outdoor activities. The only downside is that the sound of the freeway is never ending. Will definitely stay again tho!
A very nice campground! The sizes vary for the size of group you need. It is close to the highway but the river in the spring covers up the sound of the highway.
The river is a fun place to play in, find cool rocks and if you need some nature photos. This is highly recommended if you have kids who need to roam free.
There is free camping on the road before you get to the campground if you are running tight on cash or all the spots are full. These sites are right along the river an unmarked but are remarkable.
This is a great campground on the south fork of the Snoqualmie River, however, no matter what month we go, the water is always super cold. Gotta love glacier water.
There are ton trees through the site as well as more open sites to get the occasional sunshine. We stayed in a site directly on the river and loved hearing the sound of the water at night. There are a few bathrooms around the campgrounds but only one water spicket for drinkable water.
There was both walk-in sites and reservable sites for both tents and RVs. No hookups though.
My littles loved the Discovery Trail on the edge of the campground. It was super easy for them to do and only about a mile and a half.
Off the 90, you have to go down a mile and a half unpaved road. The sight is near the freeway and you will hear the cars during a busy weekend.
Decent sized sites, lots of ways to play in the water!
Although the Camp Ground and facilities are great at Tinkham, my advice would be to get into your lifted Off-Roader and hit the mountain roads for this camping trip of a lifetime!
We set up camp in an open field and found an old camp fire ring that hadn’t been used for at least a year and proceeded to roast our packed hotdogs and s’mores.
About a Half Hours hike back to some formal campsites and you’ll hit the South Fork of Snoqualmie River, so you’re still able to enjoy all the fun that camping at Tinkham has to offer but you can pitch your tent for free, even in the summer months!
Dont forget to grab your inner tube and float around in the shallow pools of the River (remember to anchor yourselves down of course) and enjoy a nice cold beverage as the breeze bends the trees surrounding this river.
Another benefit to Off Road Camping is that you can explore some creeks that aren’t crowded and can take a private little splash to cool off on the hike back to civilization.
great campsites right by the river!!!
I have visited this campground many times. It is a small Forest Service campground next to the south fork of the Snoqualmie river. The site well shaded and fairly privet for the most part. No real ammenaties so I would call this organized bone docking. Camp host is on site #2 and firewood is available. Vault style toilets are available and a hand operated well pump for drinking water is at the entrance. Hiking abounds around the campground. The river is cold and shallow but very peaceful. With no playground or organized swimming area there aren't a lot of children but those that are there can have fun exploring, splashing in the river, bike riding and so on.
Pros: woodsy, peaceful, relatively quiet, close Seattle so you can go camping Friday after work. Reasonably priced.
Cons: yes you can hear the freeway. If you close your eyes and relax it Lund like the river until you hear a jakebrake but that's not very often. Most sites are not reservable but rarely is the park full. Road to Tinkham can be pretty rough.
All in all this is one of my favorite quick getaways close to home and will return many more times.
The campground was easy to get to from Seattle and a beautiful drive through the mountains. The site itself was clean flat and large, and had everything we needed. The road noise is constant, but it is kind of like a white noise machine. The river was beautiful as well.