Gorgeous Settins. BIG busy campground

Stayed here in late June and found reservations for a week night only a few days before.  This campground is HUGE.  Water-front sites are hard to get and have amazing views but even second-row sites have views because they are built high above. Site K-15 was on the second row but still had great views for example. Some peak-a-boo views of Diamond Lake and Mount Bayley from many sites.

Great base-camp for winter and summer adventures at Crystal Mountain Resort

Stayed here for the first time in July 2021.  I understand this opened last winter.  Talking to the host, I found out it is far more popular in winter when ski season is open. It was quiet and sparsely filled in July on a Friday and Saturday night.

3 different areas respectively for large RV and 50 amps power, small RVs and 30 amp and tent only area. A fee picnic tables (no benches) available toward the tent only area.  Bathroom are just two sani-cans. Relatively clean.  There is trash and recycling behind the office which is adjacent to the host RV.

Free WI-Fi (the host will give you code) and good LTE connection on AT&T.

Silver Creek runs behind the lot and gives a  bit more of a natural feel. Otherwise you are in a giant parking lot (Lot B).  

Can't beat the location for skiing and hiking or biking at Crystal Mountain!

Great alternative to Smith Rock SP

Driving to Skal Hollow campground it’s worth it if you are an RV which are not allowed at Smith rock State Park or if Smith walks State Park Beach The Area is full. Campground is small but sites are well dispersed and pretty private. Pit toilets and garbage.

Incredible views of the Sisters and Broken Top

This is a very small and primitive developed campground near Mount bachelor. The campground has only 10 sites (reservable) and they all have at least partial views of the Sisters and Brokentop. A small creek runs by it and add to the picturesque scene. Pit toilet and garbage are the only amenities. Good AT&T cell reception

Good free option at Mount Bachelor

This is the highest Snopark on Cascade Lakes Road. It is a huge parking lot with two out-houses and an incredible view of Mount Bachelor. Busy with snowmobiles and trailers in the winter but very open mid-week in the summer. Just a few RVs and vans. Great AT&T cell reception (5 bars LTE).

Good free option at Mount Bachelor

This is the highest Snopark on Cascade Lakes Road. It is a huge parking lot with two out-houses and an incredible view of Mount Bachelor. Busy with snowmobiles and trailers in the winter but very open mid-week in the summer. Just a few RVs and vans. Great AT&T cell reception (5 bars LTE).

Free RV parking in the middle of Leavenworth

Very basic but free. You can stay here for free for 1 night every 7 days. No facilities but ample space for parking. Pretty quiet at night and great cell reception!

Beautiful campground on the shores of Lake Chelan

Great option to camp at Lake Chelan about 15 min from Chelan on the quiet south shore. The campground has great water access, boat launching, some waterfront sites (on the west loop) and a quiet family-oriented atmosphere. Clean bathrooms, shower and great cell reception (AT&T).

Great campgound near the OR/WA border

This is an update on a previous review I wrote.

We stayed here again this time in mid-May and it was completely full. Despite that, it felt peaceful and lovely.  We stayed in loop T with our van. Only $10 per site plus $8 for the reservation online. They allow vehicles up to 24 ft in this primitive loop and in my opinion is the prettiest, most natural looking and furthest from the highway.  Lots of birds, gooses and goslings and great access to the river for a refreshing swim. Very hot this last week-end!  We used the vault toilets near this loop but there are bathrooms with flushing toilet a little further. Toilets were very clean.  The campground host for this part, had ice and wood to sell.  Good cell reception on AT&T.  This will be our to-go- place to stay anything we are heading south east of the mountains. Highly recommend it!

Nice established campground by the river on the North Fork Teanaway Road

This is an established forest service campground. It has vault toilets and picnic tables but no water or other services. No cell reception as in the entire section of the North Fork Teanaway from 29 Pines Campground to its end.

Fee was not charged in early season and there were still a few patches of snow on the ground in early May (2021)

Nice dispersed camping on the North Fork Teanaway Road

There are many options for dispersed camping along the North Fork of the Teanaway Road. We stayed in the area directly across the Teanaway Guard Station by the river. We hoped to be able to use the vault toilet next to the cabin but it was locked.

No services and no cell reception but otherwise a nice peaceful place on a early season (early May) week-end. Lots of other spaces all along the road past this one and before the Beverly Campground.

Great dispersed camping near Lake Wenatchee

A good option for Dispersed camping if Lake Wenatchee State Park campground.  This is a at the Lake Wenatchee Airstrip Snoparks at the junction of 207 and 22 near Lake Wenatchee and Fish lake. There is a large parking lot and some pull outs off an old forest road the loops around from one side of the road to the other. Quiet in the spring. No facilities and good AT&T cell reception.

Great dispersed camping on the East side of the Cascades

Camped here in February and November and in generally recommend it for fall and spring. Avoid summer when it gets too hot and ticks and rattlesnakes are around. It gets cold at night so come prepared.

There are several established sites near Ancient Lakes and Dusty Lakes that can be accessed from the lower trailhead hiking or biking in.

Ancient Lakes sites are only 2 miles from the trailhead on flat terrain which makes it for an ideal first backpacking experience.

Only catch is that the lakes are polluted with agricultural runoff so that water should not be used for drinking not even if filtered. Pack all the water you will need.

No facilities at the lakes. Port-a-potty at the trailhead.

Need Discover Pass to park here.

Boat-in campsite on Diablo Lake

This is the closest boat-in site to Hwy20 on Diablo Lake. It is managed by the National Park Service and advanced reservations for backcountry sites are required https://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/permits.htm

It has a handful of double sites accommodating small groups, one vaulted toilet, no water, no showers and no trash service. There is a dock to land your boat, is is treed but most campsites have some water view. The best is right above the dock and first to fill as the reservation only guarantees a site but does not specify which one.

A short trail takes to the top of Thunder Point for stunning views of the lake and moutains. An amazing campsite!

Boat-in campground on a beautiful island in the South Sound

A lovely boat-in campground on Hope Island Marine State Park.

We kayaked here from Boston Harbor on a beautiful summer week-end. Boat-in sites are first-come, first serve so we did not arrive early enough to snatch the few that are right on the water but nonetheless the ones tucked in the forest were still beautiful and only a few steps from the water.  Several vault toilets throughout the campground, picnic tables on the water, beaches, hiking trails and the change to dig for clams in the right season. Beautiful getaway!

Dispersed camping on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

There are several pullout towards the end of the Middle Fork Road that offer access to the river and dispersed tent campsites. These are in National Forest Land NOT in DNR land where dispersed camping has different regulations.

Great views of the river and the mountains above. No facilities and no cell-reception.

Trailhead parking/camping area for Mount Saint Helens Worm Flow climb

This is the standard camping spot for the Mount Saint Helens winter climbing route, the Worm Flow route. Many cross-contry skis trails also can be accessed from it. 

There are two large parking lots suitable for cars, trailers and RVs.  People also camp in tents in the parking lot or adjacent forest area. There is a warming hut (open Dec-March) and 2 vaulted toilets. An overflow parking lot is also found immediately below the main loop.

No cell reception (AT&T). Can be busy and noisy with many vehicles and snowmobiles during the day but it is the only place to camp for an alpine start to climb/ski Mount Saint Helens.

Fantastic spot on the bluff within Whidbey Island Naval Airforce Base

We stayed here in early April after making a last minute reservation (by phone only). Only a couple of spots were open. You need to be a active or retired military member to enter the base and stay at this campground.

We stayed at one of the RV loops with our van. Most rigs were large RVs, many looked like they were there for an extended stay (up to 30 days). There is also a tent-only area.

The setting is incredible right over a bluff overlooking the Sound.  The grounds are immaculately maintained, bathrooms are sparkling clean, there are showers as well.  Several picnic areas and firepits some covered, swings and outdoor games (giant chess, corn-hole).  A lovely paved waterfront trail on the bluff and then an amazing sandy beach. At low tide, you can walk all the way to Rocky Point and beyond outside of the base.

Air force planes fly right above so it can be noisy (but also exciting) when they are flying by. Decent WIFI throughout the campground, better in some places. Poor AT&T cell reception.

Nice Sno-park campground off 97 near LaPine

We stopped by this sno-park campground in early April to check it out for future reference. Since the snow season it was over it was completely empty on Easter weekend. The oat box was taped shut but vault toilets were open and well-stocked. There was still a little snow on the ground but campsites were nice. Nice network of cross-county trails and large parking lot. Good AT&T cell reception.

Nice little campground off of 97

We stayed here one night on our way north on 97. Campground is in a quiet forest setting although a little highway noise can be heard from a distance. Still a little snow on the ground in early April. Sites were large and surrounded by lodge pole pines. Vault toilets were super-cleaned and well stocked. Good AT&T cell reception.