If you want camp with a huge group of people, this camp is an Incredible Spot! I’ve stayed 3 different summers and every time has been one of the highlights of my summer! So many things at the camp to do and trails nearby. It is hard to get reservations, so that can be tough. All the “alpine” shelters that you sleep in have 3 walls and the wall that’s missing faces the river and has a fireplace in front of each one. Be prepared for mice!! Every single thing you leave in the pantry or shelter keep air tight because they are relentless! There a large area for games! And a large area for a camp fire (and it’s an amphitheater type set up) but if it’s fire season you am not be able to have one. The large pavilion is great on those raining nights too! Nearby is one of my favorite trails, Iron Mountain, it’s a must do!
I see that the campground is closed right now (COVID) but when I camped there last year there were several down trees throughout the camp sites, in our site alone it effected where we could find a flat spot for our tents, I hope they cleaned it up since then. It’s very close to the road so there’s lots of traffic noise. If you bring an RV it has to be 16 ft or less. 4 of my friends loved hang out in rafts in the (actual) roaring river, just a lil ways down the trail (Dry Ridge Trail), while I hiked. The water is just way to cold for me!
Super excited to see Smith Rock for the first time! Hike all day, when we came back in the evening we could tell that our tent had been blown over in the wind but the camp host (I think his name is Charlie) put in extra stakes and tie offs to keep our tent up right. So so nice and generous of him. The campground is very inexpensive and doesn’t have a lot of amenities and that’s all good by me.
You can reserve the Lookout All Year! Only $50 a night! But it’s sooo hard to get a reservation. If there’s snow you have to hike up with all your gear on Eightmile Trail. If there’s no snow you get a key to open the gate to drive right up to the place!
If you’re on the Eastside of Mt Hood this is a good campground to head too, if you like primitive and remote. The campground is a lot bigger than I thought it would be, I think there’s 21 sites. Not a lot happening. I was shocked it’s $21 to camp, thought it would be cheaper. There’s several day use spots in the campground too, for $5 (or free if the NW Forest Pass). Hiking trails nearby, that’s why I was there.
It’s FREE! I’m excited to go back to this small remote primitive campground! Sites were clean, and so was the one vault toilet. Site 2 was my favorite! It’s a large walk-in site right next to the creek!
From what I can find on the internet is that due to vandalism/etc. but you can hike to it from the Flag Point TH that’s close to Fifteen Mile Forest Camp.
Great Spot, nice people. We camped next to the lovely lil creek. Bathrooms & showers were Fabulous! Dayville is a very cute little town, with cute lil shops! Great location to stay to explore the area!
I chose to stayed here because of its location. It’s close to the entrance into Rainier NP and there’s plenty of Amazing hikes nearby. I camped alone (I’m a female) and I felt safe. Always important. It’s a primitive campground, which I love. ((Due to COVID you have to make reservations to stay here. 6/5/20))
The campground is ran by PGE. Camp host is super nice. Bathroom is very clean. Timothy Lake is Gorgeous! There’s even cabins to stay in!
I had never been to Timothy Lake before, it was so Gorgeous and so much bigger than I thought it would be. I campground was in a great location and I got a good spot, even thou it wasn’t by the water. Bathroom was Super clean and so were all the sites. I’d definitely come back! The weather was chilly and rainy so it wasn’t busy. (Oh and don’t waste your time going to lil Crater Lake.) PGE runs this campground.
Only found two dispersed spots. One is pretty small the other one is very nice and big (see pictures). BUT you you cannot be afraid of a horribly rough & steep road that takes you there.
I saw one RV parked in a dispersed spot, where the campground should have been. So I kept driving down the forest road, which was pretty rough and over grown but found nothing.
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 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!
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
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 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.
Best for RV’s. You can find better tents spots further down the same road.
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.