Kelsey G.

Pro

Spokane, WA

Joined June 2020

Busy campground, ,close to town

This campground is close to town and close to some wonderful hiking areas if you’re looking to explore Riverside State Park or downtown Spokane. It also has nice bathrooms with showers and flush toilets. We stayed in one of the standard sites, site 18 and it was right on the road into the park so there was a lot of traffic going by all day. The sites in the upper area are very close together without any tree cover so there’s no privacy from your neighboring campers or those driving by to visit the park. We checked out the lower sites that are along the river and have hookups and they looked a lot nicer, more spacious and with a better view (but the camp host said they’re $45 a night and they book up fast).

Beautiful area, ok camping

Beautiful area, incredibly scenic and photographable, but a few things to be aware of.

There is a heck of a drive to get into this place, there’s a very winding and steep road to get there and it took us about an hour from White Bird. That being said, it was a very lovely and scenic drive, and based on the number of trailers and boats that were down there it doesn’t seem to deter many people. Just be aware you’ll want to come prepared with whatever you’ll need while you’re there because it’s not a quick ride back into town to get supplies (and make sure you have enough gas in your tank)

Also, word of warning to any dog owners; I discovered as soon as we unloaded from the vehicle that there are sticky burs absolutely everywhere on the ground and our furry labradoodle was soon covered with them. The first thing we did when we got back into cell phone range was call and schedule him a grooming appointment to get shaved because they were on every inch of his body and would be impossible to comb out.

The campsites are all pretty close together and since this is a desert area there are very few trees, so you will be able to see your fellow campers and they will be able to see you. Each site has a little canopy thing for both shade and I suspect some wind protection (it got extremely windy one of the nights we were there).

It was $8 a night when I was there in August 2020. There was a burn restriction in place from July 1st to September 15th according to posted signs.

If you do not have a trailer, there are some dispersed camping sites at the “Upper Landing” that are clearly marked. They are walk in only but didn’t appear to be too far to walk and seem that they would afford a bit more privacy if that’s what you’d looking for.

Pricey and not very private

Decent campground, but I likely wouldn’t stay there again. $20 per night, hookups are available and there were most RVers there. The spaces were all very close together so there wasn’t much privacy. Bathrooms seemed reasonably clean and there was fresh water spigots available. I got there on a Thursday night on August 27th and most of the non-reservable spots were full, we may have actually pulled into the last available space. If you turn left towards the Giant Cedar trailhead instead of right towards the campground there are a number of free dispersed camping sites along that road, they looked pretty private and spacious. If we have known that before we paid we would have stayed in one of those instead. We drove up that road and up the mountain and went on a short hike to Perkins Cedar Grove, the forest was beautiful and well worth a visit.

Close to Home

I just stayed at this campground for the first time over the weekend. Arrived Friday night after work and left on Sunday. Despite being a small campground, there were still 3 sites available when we got there on Friday, and 2 sites open at the end of the day on Saturday. It was $27/night to camp there, plus $10 extra if you have additional vehicles. You also need to have a Discover Pass. There is a nice bathroom with a sink and 3 flush toilets (I can only vouch for the ladies room, didn’t see the men’s). The sites are pretty close together and there really isn’t a lot of privacy, but it’s still a nice campground. There are tons of lovely hiking trails on Mt Spokane and there were plenty of people out enjoying it over the weekend. There’s a very nice hiking trail right across the road from the campground that has great scenic views along the way and lots of wildflowers. The peak of the mountain is a short drive from the campsite and I absolutely recommend driving up there to watch the sunset. What a view.