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Lauren E.
Portland, OR
Joined May 2017
Amazeballs

It's impossible to say too many good things about the Enchanted Valley trail. Amazingly beautiful river, massive old growth, elk, bears, an abundance of huckleberries and blueberries, waterfalls… I could go on and on. This was my second time hiking the trail but my first time camping in the Enchanted Valley itself.

The campground is pretty spread out. There doesn't seem to be any "official" spots, but a lot of nice places to set up camp with fire rings already constructed. We probably saw at least 20 spots like this, and there's also plenty of camping on the gravel bar if the sites fill up.

There are 2 privies (bring your own TP!). Bear cans are required.

Craziness... and solitude

I camped here the Saturday before July 4th, so I should have expected crowds… but it was raining, and didn't know enough people were as crazy as I was. After the pleasant 0.7 mile hike to the beach, I was amazed by how many tents I saw right by the end of the trail. It almost looked like a tent city! Luckily, after walking a mile or so down the beach, the tents spread out significantly and we were able to find relative solitude.

Amenities: There were a few small streams coming in to provide drinking water. We didn't use the privy, and I wouldn't count on finding a place in the woods to dig a cat hole. There was enough driftwood at the edge of the beach to set up tarps for rain/sun protection.

Plan ahead! you have to get a permit in either Quinault or Port Angeles, and bear cans are required.

Highlights: We saw a pod of orca!!! And lots of cool tidepools :)

I could live here.

I stayed here twice around July 4th this year, and couldn't believe the was space available! You can't make reservations, but the ranger at the Quinault Ranger Station told us there were spots available, so it may be worth stopping there to ask if they have any info on space.

The campground has one working bathroom but no sinks or potable water. Sites 1-5 and 17-20 are my favorites because they back up on the river.

There is a beautiful (and freezing) swimming hole behind the campground, and this time of year its bursting with huckleberries :)

Aka Icehouse or Klickitat Springs

I didn't stay here, but I did get to see this place when I took out rafting here. I wanted to comment since I had previously tried to find info on this campground (I searched for Icehouse Campground based on intel in Soggy Sneakers). This is a great spot right on the Klickitat River and has several spots spread out with fire rings. There aren't designated spots. All you need is a Discover Pass. :)

Convenient spot right on the Klickitat River

This is a really convenient place to camp if you're rafting the Klickitat. It's WA land, so all you need is a Discover Pass (although my friend didn't have one, and nobody came by to check). There's no other campground fee.

There aren't any designated spots campsites, but there are a number of fire rings and it's pretty easy to segregate yourself from other campers. The site was clean and the pit toilet wasn't too bad. The first weekend in June, there was only one other group camping there, so it was nice and quiet!

The location on the Klickitat is really pretty. The campground is right along the river facing a really impressive rock wall. You can sleep to the sound of the water :)

I also stayed here a year ago with a big group, and it worked out great for that.

Nice spot, super crowded over Memorial Day weekend

This campsite is 6.9 miles up the trail to Enchanted Valley, which has to be one of the most visually stunning places on earth.

According to the campsite map, there's only 4 spots here. But on the Saturday before Memorial Day, there had to be at least 10 groups camped here (even some morons who pitched their tent directly below the bear wire). Even with the crowd, the place was free of trash (and bears) and was quiet.

Pros: Most of the spots are right next to the river, so you can fall asleep to the sound of whitewater. Lots of flat spots. A few trees for hammocks. A privy. Bear wire. Easy river access for getting water. Clean.

Cons: None really, although I'll probably camp at one of the well-established dispersed sites within a few miles of O'Neill next time. There are some awesome-looking spots with relative privacy.

Forested spots right next to the lake

This may be my favorite car-camping campground. Why?

  • The spots are heavily forested, so they feel private even though they are close together.
  • The trees are amazing. The moss is amazing. The lake is beautiful.
  • Flush toilets
  • It's one of the few spots around Olympic NP that takes reservations. I drove up late on Friday of Memorial Day weekend, so really wanted a reservation to make sure I had a place to sleep.
  • It was nice and quiet, even on Memorial Day weekend
  • Nice flat, dedicated tent spots (although small if you have multiple tents).

I stayed in spot 11 which was really close to the lake (although no access given the steep slope). There was drinking water right next to my site. The only bad thing about #11 is that you can hear the loud hand dryers from the nearby bathrooms.

Too many RVs, but beautiful stars

I wanted to camp somewhere that would actually have sunshine on my birthday, and this was the closest place I could think of. I was here a few years ago with Kevin and Sarah! :)

I forgot that the last week in March is spring break, so the campground was more crowded than I thought. But the ranger was nice and opened up a spot that they had closed off for restoration. We were right along the river next to the group spot, which was empty, and a good distance away from the other sites. My biggest complaint was RVs and their generators, but that's often the case at campgrounds like this. Other than that, beautiful river and beautiful sky!

Pretty nice group site

I camped here with a big rafting group. This is a pretty nice campground right next to the river, with plenty of trees to hang hammocks, tarps, and clothes lines. The group sites didn't have showers or flush toilets, but there was a building not far away with both. I didn't see any places to dump gray water, which I thought was odd. But great access to the beautiful N. Umpqua!