Turlo Campground is located just off the Mountain Loop Highway in the Mt.Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The campground is nestled in tall firs, cedars and hemlocks, adjacent to the south fork of the Stillaguamish River.
The location offers individuals and families a tranquil camping experience with plenty of opportunities to fish, enjoy the river or relax at their campsite.
The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has 1,500 miles of trails, ranging from smooth paths through deep, quiet forests to challenging ascents up boulder-studded mountains. Hiking opportunities abound for every skill level.
The Mt. Dickerman Trail, close to the campground, switchbacks steeply for 3 miles through a dark forest to an alpine meadow, which was replanted in 1915 after a major forest fire. From this point, the trail rises above the timberline to an alpine meadow alive with masses of wildflowers in July and August.
The trail is generally in good condition, and spectacular views can be seen from all directions as the trail climbs to the 5,723 foot summit.
Turlo Campground offers standard sites, accommodating both tent and RV camping. Picnic tables, flush toilets and drinking water are also available, however there are no electrical hook-ups.
Access to the Stillaguamish River is available from the campground.
Situated on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is one of the most spectacular in the the country, showcasing glacier-covered peaks, wide mountain meadows and old-growth forests, rich in history and outdoor opportunities.
On a clear day, visitors will see Mt. Baker, the most prominent feature of the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area. Rising to an elevation of 10,781 feet, the active volcano from which the forest takes its name, is perpetually snow-capped and mantled with an extensive network of creeping glaciers. Mt. Baker's summit, Grant Peak, is actually a 1,300-foot-deep mound of ice, which hides a massive volcanic crater.
Old-growth forests line the wide, gently-flowing river, known for its salmon run. Salmon and other species including, chinook, coho, chum, pink, and sockeye salmon, steelhead trout, sea-run cutthroat, and bull trout, use the Stillaguamish and its tributaries for spawning.
Visit or stay in one of the historic lookouts in the area. Lookouts are tangible symbols of Forest Service heritage, perched on high peaks with unobstructed views where they have been used throughout the years to detect and control fires in remote wildlands.
Take some time to visit nearby Mount Rainer National Park. Considered a wonderland, the park offers a fantasic glimpse into glaciers, subalpine ecology, and volcanic landscapes typical in the region.
Discover the Verlot Public Service Center, near the South Fork Stillaguamish River. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1942, Verlot`s handsome buildings reflect the architectural style and fine craftsmanship of that era and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Nice big sites. Bathrooms (vault toilets) were stocked and mostly clean enough, but there was a strong ammonia smell in one.
Nothing special about it. It was SUPER clean! The camp was fully booked but the bathrooms and dumpsters didn't smell and were always clean and stocked! No showers, nonflushing toilets and no sinks. Did have water faucets for getting water for washing dishes. Nice big spots, saw several RVs of all classes, couple Eurovans and our Westfalia fit wonderfully! Lots of tent campers too! Had designated flat spots for your tent too. Located right on the Mountain Loop Highway which makes for an easy drive up to see some good scenery but can also be loud with a lot of cars.
I'd choose Verlot Campground next time because it is only a 1/4 mile or so up the road but it has a beach access point.
Nice dense PNW forest here. It’s a little close to the road, but most sites are very close to the river so you may not mind. Simple campground with pit toilets and water spigots, plus fire rings, but not much else. There is a lot to do on the water and in the trails nearby. It’s a lovely campground, similar to many others in the area. Would be a good place to stay for a night before going deep into the forests.
Only 18 sites, so nice and small. Didn't feel cramped, but hated hearing the road so close by. The river is also close, so nice to take a quick dip on a warm day. (The water is freezing…) Fire ring, table, vault toilets. Basics, not bad, not great. Trees were fantastic.
Turlo is only about 45 minutes from my house so it was the perfect choice for a last minute decision for a over night stay. We did not make reservations but were able to get a fairly decent site. We were close to the vault bathroom which was pretty clean. There is access to the river that some people were swimming in but the water was freezing. There are also some sites that have direct access to the river which would be the ideal spots to camp. There is a hike that takes you to the campground Verlot which has a better beach area but is bigger and seems like the sites are less private. Really close to Mt. Pilchuck road that takes you to Heather Lake trail. Nice hike.
So, other then the creepy guy that camped next to us and was trashed and wouldn't stop staring at our campsite, it was a nice opening to the camping season. I don't think we will ever go back though. We just live too close to other places that are better.