Charyl B.


Portland, OR

Joined February 2020

Nice View! But busy.

Nice campground. Nice trails around, fun on the water. Nice bathroom. Busy busy. That’s not really my scene. But… Get up early to watch the Sunrise! That was the highlight!

It was expensive

It was just two of us in a tent. We were put in a open lot (like a field). No trees. The nearest bathroom wasn’t even enclosed, so it was like an large outhouse. I paid way too much. I just checked the website and it’s $46 for a tent site! Man, I am Cheap!

First to Review
Good Spot to be before the Climb!

Lots of Dispersed tent spots but can fill up fast. Bathroom not too far away. Most people camping here are climbers, so they could be trying to get some sleep before the big climb. So it wasn’t great timing when we were Celebrating our Summit! Oops

I really enjoyed it here.

They have a dog park, plenty of trails, several different areas to go down to the river, frisbee golf, area for horses. Good showers. There’s a great view point to see Mt. Hood. It really is a nice place.

We found a Great Spot!

We Loved this Spots, lots room! And more spots along this road. Best for Tents. But right after turn off 31, there’s a nice area for an RV.

Great Quick Spot

Best for RV’s. You can find better tents spots further down the same road.

Great Dispersed Spots

Easy to get too. BLM Land. Many spots in the area. Flat spot for our tent. Our spot already had a fire pit and we definitely made use of it! It was a Great Find! A lil noise from trucks but not a big deal.

First to Review
Very Primitive

You have to pay at the Hot Springs, to stay $30, they will give you a key to the better entrance. I talked to the owner of the land, (who also runs the Hot Springs) he said he is going to be adding several more amenities in the near future. Like a porta potty and more site options. It’s a very primitive area as of right now. The creek was flowing very fast, fresh, and super cold, still used a filter. The Pike Creek hike is Amazing too!! Definitely a Must!

Very mellow.

Went in the begin of May, (during COVID) several RV parked around. Very easy to keep social distance.

Great for our big group!

We stay every year in May when when do our annual St. Helens climb. Nice bathrooms with wonderful shower, which we love after the climb. Close to a great restaurant, a bar, a gas station, trails, Yale lake, etc. The new owners are super friends and have done a lot of work on the property to add more sites. I always enjoy my stay there.

So Incredible!

I have stayed there twice now. I love it so much! Both times we have snowshoed in and even thou the conditions weren’t perfect, we had a Blast!


Didn’t stay too long but it was nice. Very close to highway, sooo it was kind of loud, depending on the time of day. View of the lake was pretty. The campground and bathrooms were very tidy. Not too bad for a last minute decision to stay.

I love Free Camping

If you have a Discover Pass already you are good to go. Love of area for Horses, trailers and regular camping. Vault toilets. No views but who doesn’t like Free?

Loved it.

I really enjoy this campground. Has an actual bathroom, very clean. The Camp host was very nice and had firewood to buy. Our campsite was flat and large, enough room for large tents.

Very nice roadside camping spot.

Be prepared for the semi trucks waking you up! So loud! I got a large spot by the stream/river which was very nice and calm. Bugs were not bad.


We went during the week because the weekends are too insanely busy. Loved our walk-in camp spot, had a fabulous time. Our site had easy access to the lake. Vault toilets were very clean. Good hikes nearby. Lots of people enjoying the lake.

It was okay.

I just couldn’t get over hearing the semi trucks on 26. But… There’s a nice view of Hood on the south side of the lake. Vault toilets. It was July, bugs were not bad. There were a tons of baby frogs everywhere on the northside of the lake, it was crazy to see. Good hiking nearby.

It was okay.

I just couldn’t get over hearing the semi trucks on 26 from our campsite. But… We had a nice spot. We felt safe. Vault toilets only. It was July, bugs were not bad. There were a tons of baby frogs everywhere on the northside of the lake, it was crazy to see. Good hiking nearby.

It’s very peaceful and lovely

I wouldn’t say its a”campground” since it’s dispersed camping but that’s what I prefer. Good spots to set up camp. Be prepared it can get quite chilly overnight.