Deacon J.
Las Vegas, NV
Joined May 2018
The bus came by and I got on, that's where it all began.....
One of Oregon's Delights

Fantastic little site close to fish lake. Only about 9 sites total and most of them tent spaces (gravel) that calls for a sleeping pad. There is easy access to Fish Lake trail and just a ways up the road is Sky Lakes with abundant hiking and adventure options. Lots of fly fishing enthusiasts of all skill levels around and friendly fishing related conversations are easy to get into. You'll dig this little spot. clean, quiet, and incredible views.

Adequate for a nights rest

Stayed here overnight when we needed to get the brakes done on the rig. A clean, decent place with clean, decent amenities. Nothing for the nature enthusiast as the camp is on Boulder Highway (a heavily trafficked and noisy boulder hwy). A lot of full time residents in this park and some real friendly folks. You can easily walk to sams town or cannery. ST has movies, bowling, eats, etc. The camp itself has a pool and hot tub and easily accessed showrs and toilets. Unless you have specific need like we did you might want to visit a different camp.

Breathtaking

This site is about 20 sites of assorted variety in a hauntingly beautiful old growth forest. Nestled near a river, with easy access to the falls trail. Ensure you wear clothing suitable for wet hiking. The entire hike is a pretty easy and birding opportunities are many. Views of an old railroad/camp and plenty of spots to stop and take it all in as well as picnic. Wonderful little spot with a delightful trail adventure.

Great Park for Families

This is a great spot to explore some pacific NW beauty. The site features an assortment of camping spots, from tent to full RV hook up. Though the site is clean, and has ample hiking and recreation choices, there were quite a few small children here with their families. We had a ball singing and exploring though the park was quite busy and loud. Not a problem at all as long as you know this Park is mostly families. lots of great places nearby and the jaunt out to Finn Cidery is a must. A great drive to nearby Kingston in search of Bald Eagles was a success as we saw two in the trees near the bay. Wonderful people all around but we were camping during World Cup and lots of Europeans on holiday made some games a bit more colorful than usual. if you want silent serenity, this is not your spot during busy season. want some fun and a great place to set as base camp? this is a good spot.

Outstanding Improvements

This is now a combination of the old dolomite and McWilliams's sites. What an improvement! Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, flat and level area for tent/parking, and easy access to toilets. A great trailhead is at the top of the dolomite area. Prime time on this trail is actually dusk as there are large colonies of various bats that roost near. Wonderful to watch them against a fading sky. The camp can get noisy on weekends, and lots of little ones so if families are not your cup of tea then this mountain probably isn't going to suit you. The trails are awesome, and of varying degree of skill required to traverse the area. The summer days provide ample light for exploring all day. If you are mobile, don't miss cathedral falls which is a short drive and hike away. Two of the nearby camps are closed for similar improvements and if course, hilltop is open and has showers.

A good place to gather

This is a small RV park about 6 miles up the road from Forks. There is a small general store and cafe where you can grab a bite and some goods before heading deep into the Hoh. Rafting options are available for tour through the store and a place called Peak 6 just down the road. The site is nice, within old growth area, and the bathrooms/showers are clean and easily accessible. The drawback is see you are right on the road and the noise from cars on the road is significant. Not that there are a lot of autos, just so quiet that any car sounds like a train. Wouldn't hang here toolong as there is more to do in other spots.

Neah Bay, Cape Flattery, and Sekiu! You MUST see the cape!

Words do not capture what it means to camp and explore this nation within a nation. First, you must have a pass to camp or do most recreational activities. The permit is $10 for the YEAR so save your pass (paper). You may purchase your pass at most retail outlets and you hang it from the rear view while on sovereign land. Do not miss the trail to Cape Flattery. You'll want a camera, hiking stick. Binoculars and perhaps something to keep you dry as it gets wet. The cape trail traverses various terrain and moderate difficulty. There are wood paths and bridges to help on particularly hairy parts. At the top of the trail, you may opt for a walking stick made by a tribal member. There are there for your use and are to be returned when done or leave $5. All honor system. Also, lots of wildlife at the pond at the top by RV turnout. The beaches, the town, all are worth seeing yet the cape trail is the MUST SEE! Nearby town of sekiu was also worth a look. The drive in alone is worth the trip and yes, bald eagles were seeing over the water. The actual site is a beach site with myriad camping options. If you like roughing it or have an elegant rig, this spot is right. Really at a loss for how blown away I a man by this experience. Some old and sacred spots inviting you to wonder.

Disperse Delight and Cooler than Vegas

This site is excellent and should be explored fully to dig all the hiking opportunities. Three great spots to boondock, Mack's Canyon, Lovell Canyon, and Champion Road. All are great spots and far superior to the established campgrounds on the mountain (with the exception of Hilltop Camp but only because that site has hot showers). Access to trail heads and the spring mountain visitor center on the way in and out along the Kyle Canyon route. One of the top things to see is the bat colonies who come out at sunset and stay the evening. The stargazing is great as the forest is bristlecone and the canopy does not block the view of the Milky Way. We stayed two nights and had the place pretty much to ourselves mid week though I hear weekends can get crowded. Do not miss this spot. FYI it is typically much cooler on the mountain which is a short 47 minute drive from the site. It was 104 in the valley and 78 on the peak. An easy choice in the summer. Grooved to Reckoning on this trip and the book was Kybalion. Check them all out.

Inyo/Lee Vining Boondocking

Without a doubt one of the best boondocks of the trip. The exact coordinates are: 37.924790, -119.033893. There is a large pullout (soft gravel) that loops around. Excellent view of mono lake and the east entry into Yosemite. There are no fire rings at this spot and the conditions are dry, dry, dry so caution is in order. We lit no fires, only the stove in the rig. Wild life abounds and the evenings are super quiet. We boondocked several sites and found this one to be the one to pass on info about as it is just too cool. Happy dispersed site hunting!

Bliss in Oregon

This is a site with a blend of tent, drive in, and full hook up sites. Easy access to trailheads and the host is cool with plenty of great suggestions for exploring off the usual places. There are two main sections of about 30 sites each with reserved and walk up sites. The camp is super busy on weekends but great mid week. The hike to the confluence is good and goes deep into some canopy growth sections that are perfect. The trail ran along the river with ample opportunity to actually rest and soak your feet or do some earthing. The team is super cool an evening and morning yet wam days bordering on hot. A magical little spot, $23 bucks for a camper van spot. A bargain at three times the price.

Clean, quiet, abundant trail options

This is an sweet campground split into four areas. Each had pit toilets, sink waste receptacle, and each site has a table and fire rings. The south campgrounds both have direct river sites to camp while the north ones have a small tributary as well. You can hike directly from either loop A or B to Sol Duc falls or the lovers loop. This is a moderate hike of about 3.8 miles. Early mornings the trail heads were clear and I had the entire loop to myself to enjoy myriad birds and critters everywhere. From the day use Area thee are three trail heads with many scenic and breath taking views. There is a hot springs resort not too far down the road that is $15 for the day. It is crowded with kids on the weekend yet weekdays and early mornings (opens at 9am but when you're too hip like me and find a deadhead on staff she might let you in early too! The fee site is at the camp entrance with ample envelopes. This site is a mix of reserved and walk up. Tent sites, camper van, and full hook ups available. Temps were brisk in evenings in mid July. Was a great spot to continue to heal and fight cancer. Book selection was "How not to die" and the soundtrack was "Down to the Moon" by Andreas Vollenweider.

Nearly Perfect

This gem is about 5 miles up from the main hwy. The road is smooth yet narrows in places that may be a bit hairy for bigger rigs. The site is secluded, quiet, and on the river front. We had site 24 and it was level with plenty of shade. Each site has a table and fire ring, no wood available for purchase. A great mix of tent and rig sites. The camp has four sections of 6 to 8 spots each and each section has a pit toilet. The toilets are clean and conveniently located. Overnight was 20 bucks and well worth it. There are several trails accessible with varying degrees of difficulty. The trail behind the camp that begins at the camp entrance is a wonderful morning hike. I suggest The Philosophers Stone by Van Morrison as a perfect album accompanying a stay here. A pleasant little run into nearby Seaside made a great stay.

lovely healing springs

This little gem is nestled in SE Oregon and features an assortment of camping options, from private tee-pee, dry camping, to full RV hook ups this place can accommodate any guest. The water is naturally at 160 degrees yet they "hold" the temp at 100 degrees. This may make it a bit cool for some. The spring is actually fed into a pond with a soft, black gravel/sand bottom. There are private soaking tubs available though at 15 bucks a head per hour the cost is on the high side. We found it to be a worthy treat though we must declare that hot springs are our personal favorites. We stayed in dry camp site #2 which featured its own picnic table and fire ring. Fires are permitted yet while we stayed you were required to have a bucket of water on site while the fire was burning. Wood is available at 7 bucks a bundle and the water buckets are provided for use FOC. There is minimal shade though the camp does have a community center with wifi and AC. There is also a communal kitchen. The kitchen is 24/7 and the center is 8am to 9pm. Showers are super clean though a bit cramped. The best part is that the pond is 24/7 and stargazing under an expansive sky while soaking I. the healing warm waters is a magical experience. Check it out, you won't regret it. Last arrival,is at 9pm and mandatory quiet is from 10pm to sunrise. Book on this one was "The Kybalion, and musIc was The Deads Europe '72. Enjoy it boppers….

Excellent at night!

So we went looking for this place and wound up finding boondock central. Miles and miles of BLM land and lovely place to explore. We spent 3 nights total and will focus on the must sees. Late Night Trail head is a must see. There is a reason it is called Late Night and the views are well worth the evening hike (very easy hike, ensure you have the proper lighting). There are also several other trails to explore and this site is outside of the actual canyon so no fees at all. The bathroom is super clean, and there are tables here. The blue diamond trail will take you into a waiting little town of blue diamond. Just beyond that is Bonnie springs. Bonnie Springs does not welcome ANY dogs so we just passed on by. Like the twilight zone, we don't go places that don't like dogs.

Boondock Galore!!

No better place to boondock! The canyon is majestic, the trails here are not in the National Park loop so all are free to access. Abundant wildlife all around us. A ram, owls, rabbits, lizards, butterflies, etc. we primarily boondock or hike into a camp. This is the place for that. Many of the tails are day use only though so ensure you watch the markets at the top of the trailhead. Also it is super dry now so fires are out. Spring Mountain Ranch Nearby was once owned by Howard Hughes and has a secret room. The ranger was super cool and after a great conversation he allowed us to hike on non public access trail to an old cemetery. Incredible. Be cool, share the wine, and hope you can go too!

The perfect gateway to Redrock

Wow! What can I say except we spent two nights here and found it to be a perfect entry to the actual loop. It was late May and the morning heat made it too uncomfortable to sleep in. Thank God! The trails and sights in the loop are amazing. I would suggest if entering from the north (Charleston) go ahead skip the first trail in the park. EVERBODY stops here and it is quite crowded and plenty of rude people. Go up to marker 3 or 7 for a better experience. An easy hike is Redrock over look. Flat, fairly smooth, but zero shade. An early morning or evening hike. Do not miss Icebox Canyon, especially if the snow is melting or rain. Great "pop up" waterfalls all around. The canyon realty comes to life. I wore my boots for this one in case a little traction needed for water and keep feet dry. Could've kept my trail runners on and had a little better time with the heat making my feet uncomfortable. Lots of lizards, squirrels, rabbits, and we heard coyotes hunting at night. Desert is blooming and perfect to wander

Fantastic Boondock Spots Everwhere

An abundance of boondock spots abound. Some of the roads are rough and were a but strong for our little campervan yet it was well worth it. There are dozens of trails to explore and access to VOF state park is easy. I had been wearing Coleman boots but found them to be too hot already for this trip so have switched to Fila. Let you know how that goes. Highly recommend heading towards Beaver Dam and Littlefield Falls (Little Jamaica) near the AZ/NV/UT area. It's about 10 miles up the 15 from Mesquite. The trek in is a bit plain and dry though you see a lot of desert wildlife. The way down to the river and falls is a bit scary to look at but we did do it after we put the camera away as you will not have a grip on the unit as you need both hands to descend/ ascend. There is a path up/down also. The place is actually on private property so be cool and there is an overpass right above the site. The traffic noise is a bummer yet still worth the trip.

There is a cool little dive bar near beaver dam you must hit. We also stayed at Oasis RV in mesquite. Weird reservation process as it is actually part of Casablanca Resort. Clean, not too much shade, great showers/laundry. 20 bucks for full hook up. This spot is good if you need a laundry day break from boondocking. Pool was nice. Not a must see but ok.

A hidden gem

The road up to this site is rough. Did I mention the road is rough? Yet… even though the road is quite rough it is well worth the journey. Very small FOC site though quite well appointed. We were alone midweek in mid May. Days were warm and nights were chilly. Toilets are clean enough and there is sufficient shade as well as fire rings. We did not have a permit to hike so we set out for antelope canyon me other adventures

Wonderful little campsite

An excellent little campsite that is FOC and quiet. Make sure you proceed past other sites almost to the end and you'll be glad you did. Pack it in/pack it out at this site. Though we have a secure camper we do utilize bear canisters and rat sacks. There are toilets so no meed to dig (and the ground was cold so good thing). No water or electricity so you wind up meeting hard core enthusiasts who typically offer some awesome suggestions of things not online. We were blessed to receive some sight seeing tips and throughly enjoyed it. Bring plenty of water and TP if making a few nights of it. Boots stayed on all day and dry!

A nice camp near Santa fe

This is a small but clean and beautiful little camp outside of Santa Fe. Quiet, good hiking, and water to explore. We took a little excursion around the mountains of Santa Fe and found the most delightful little college that feature its own little trail (the Atalya Trail at St John's college. Some students were on the trail and showed us a rather hermetic (as in Hermes) school ground and some fascinating little creatures in their science room. Santa Fe itself was super friendly and lots to explore. ALL of northern New Mexico had terrible cell and wifi service. Practically non existent and it was AWESOME! A total digital detox! Go get it!