Ethan H.

Pro

Puyallup, WA

Joined October 2020

Baker-Sno

Great place to escape everyday life and retreat to the woods. Turn off i90 and head straight into your campsite, where you can pop up your tent and watch the sun set. This place is very simple, nothing extra special but it’s got the necessities. Some interesting tracks caught my eye as I was talking a walk near my campsite. Pretty cool, huh?!

Granite Lake

Lakeside camping here was wonderful. I got a great nights sleep in the hammock as you can see haha. Lots of room for a big group of campers, just make sure to pick up trash before you go because it was pretty littered.

First to Review
Snow Yurt

My father and I snowshoed to this yurt for my birthday in right before the corona virus outbreak. With several feet of deep snow, this 12.5 mile snow hike was no joke. Took us 8 hours to get to the yurt. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of daylight to get up there.

Pets are not allowed inside the yurt for consideration of other guests and their possible allergies. We just set up a tarp over the porch outside for our dog. Twenty feet away from the front door is the vault toilet. It’s in great condition and very clean. Warm fire place and plenty of furniture or ground space for sleeping arrangements. You can reserve the yurt to have it all to yourself at skimta.org once the virus restrictions are over.

Sequim

Camp right next to the Dungeness River and fall asleep to the sound of the water flowing by. An hour long drive to the spit gave us something to do during the day. The campsite is in the Olympic National Park, so no dogs :( If it were just outside the park’s boundaries, it would’ve been the perfect summer weekend!

Waterfall!!

Great spot to camp because it’s right next to several great hikes. The campground is right next to Denny Creek, which sports a spectacular waterfall! Very close to the Summit West ski resort, both are right off i90.

Pyramid Creek

Amazing views of Mt Rainer. On a clear day, you can see the tops of Helens, Adams, and Hood. May-October is the only time you can comfortably sleep there unless you’re sleeping in a <15° bag.

Ocean Shores

Great place to watch unreal sunsets. The west coast is unbeatable for watching the sun go down. My only complaint would be the weather, which is not the parks fault at all, just make sure you bring a raincoat.

Lake Colchuck

Beautiful 4 mile hike up (8 round trip) to the lake. There was a weird smell coming from the river, so maybe don’t drink from it haha. Bring plenty of your own water, also BUG SPRAY. Lots of bugs at the lakeside. It’s definitely still worth it for that view of dragon tails pass.

Icicle Creek

Well-kept campground with plenty of wide open flat spaces for a big tent. Big fire pits with tons of room for everyone to keep warm. Great place to go if you’re in a big group.

Pyramid Lake

Park on the side of the road on Mirror Lake highway. Backpack in several miles on the super fun trail, with lots of scrambling and fun mini-adventures. We camped on a peninsula right on the lake and set up our hammocks and started a fire. Fly fishing is great here, just remember your fishing license.

Hobble Fork

stunning views of the surrounding mountains. hardly any light pollution, so the stars were amazing. the dirt road in was pretty rough, but manageable. make sure you have a spare tire on you just in case. lots of free ranges cows along the roads so be cautious. plenty of dispersed camp sites with flat spots to pitch a tent. There was a burn ban when I was there 10/10/20, but there were fire pits at each site.

Silver Lake

you’re definitely going to need 4WD and high clearance because the roads leading up to the campsite are filled with ruts and holes. the views make the drive there worth it, though. the fall colors during the day and the stars during the night were spectacular!

Dry Canyon

free parking and overnight camping. each site has a table, fire pit, and plenty of flat spots to pitch a tent. from the parking lot you cross a bridge over the stream to the camp sites. you’re a perfect distance from the river so you can listen to it as you fall asleep, but you don’t have to worry about floating away.

Ocean Shores

Loved how close this was to the shore. Just a 10 minutes stroll to the beach. The beach made a great spot to shoot some drone photos. Each site is screened by pine trees, giving you privacy in your own site. Not all the sites had picnic tables and fire pits, so make sure you get there early to snag the best site!

Cowlitz River

this campsite is a solid place to spend the weekend and escape your everyday life. just a short walk/hike down is the cowlitz river. the water is very cold, even on a hot day. use caution, check under the water’s surface before jumping off big rocks.

First to Review
quiet little campground

my father, my dog, and I chose this campground for its small crowds. we had no neighbors in the nearby sites, but it was forecasted to rain, which could explain the low numbers. It drizzled on us, but that wasn’t anything our rain tarps couldn’t handle.

Best Sunset Ever

i’ve never seen a prettier sky in my life. we found a small deer skull which was pretty cool too. we visited here in mid-july so it was very warm during the day and got cold at night so make sure to bring warm clothes for after gorgeous sunset.

pictures taken on wenas road.

Kayak Camping

Launched from this spot to bogucki island. More primitive-style camping but still very fun if you’re okay with an hour long kayak ride.

Therapeutic

Camping here is not free, but the falling asleep to the sound of the river next to my hammock was worth the money. Clean campsite, let’s keep it that way…don’t forget to pick up your trash!

worth the drive up

scariest road i’ve ever driven on. very narrow steep cliffs on the side. please be careful of oncoming traffic when turning corners! views at the top make it all worth it.