Griffin C.
Seattle, WA
Joined June 2019
Hike in only

Parking at Apental, backing up took about 2 hours but was worth the beautiful views. Water was cold but in 85 degree weather was worth taking a dip. Lots of big boulders to cross on the way up. Definitley carried our short leg dog the majority of the trip.

Very Popular

This park is definitley one of the most popular on the beach! With the vast amount of trails, lighthouses, views, stories, and ammenties it offers it is clear why! Book months in advance to get a good spot. Some spots have unmarked back trails to the beach. While this is nice for your own beach access sometimes folks came wandering through our campsite from the beach.

BEWARE: We did encounter a fair amount of hungry raccoons at this park! They unzipped and ripped apart our spare tent for a dog food an empty dog food bowl. Thankfully we werent in the tent and only had to listen to all the rucuss and ripping of our spare tent during the night.

Views of Hot Air Balloons

Big open campground with some hikes nearby. No complaints other than a couple hungry mice at our site.

Huge grounds w/ rentals availble!

All the sites here were beautiful many different spots to access the water. There were kayak and paddle board rentals availble at the main beach. We rented a double kayak for 2 hours for $45! Kayak the island and check it out if you have time. Also plan on spending a day in Leavenwoeth since it is only a 20 minute drive away!

Amazing views

This campground is located on the small side of the lake where there is a lot of nice views and places to swim. I loved all the trails and walking paths to travel down. My only complaints would be that there is limited sandy parts to swim and that we could hear people speeding around and yelling out on their motor boats up until 2am.

Family friendly

Great spot not too far from thr city of Maple Valley. The showers and bathrooms and nice and updated. The river has some great trails to walk on and nice swimming spots! I definitley suggest venturing around the river to find other places to swim than the main one which can get crowded with multiple families.