We really enjoyed our spot off of Old Cascades Highway. There are a few good tent spots that are pretty tucked away. We took a spot with a good pull out for our car but didn’t really have a great tent spot. We have a sleeping platform in our car so it worked really well for us. We could walk to the river and sit by it for the evening before heading back to the car to sleep. We’ll probably be back here!
We hiked in to camp at Spider Meadows. The hike is about 5 miles to the Meadows. There are several established campsites with existing rock fire rings. It’s a popular easy backpacking spot to just go into the Meadows. We hiked further after setting up camp to Phelps Basin and part way up to Spider Glacier. This spot is really gorgeous. There is a 14 mile dirt road that is definitely a rough drive to get to the trail head though!
We hiked in to Annette Lake to test out some new backpacking gear as we’re just getting into backpacking - it was great! The 4 mile hike in was just enough of a challenge for our first time with weight in our packs. We went left where the trail splits at the lake. There are campsites both sides, but lake access is really easy on the left side. There is 1 toilet a little back from the lake. Fire pits are at every spot. Loved it here!
We stayed at a free spot along Tinkham Road (NF-55). It’s the same road that the paid campground is on but there are quite a lot of free dispersed spots. The ones on the river side looked pretty large and quite nice. We were just sleeping in our car and found a spot on the opposite side. It was free and convenient for hiking Annette Lake the next morning, but trash that people leave is disappointing! Other than that, the road overall is a great spot for a free site.
We came here around 9pm on a Friday as we couldn’t get any first come spots elsewhere in the area. We don’t have horses but it was a pleasant area to stay in still. Bill came by to check on us and make sure we were settled in okay the next morning which was nice. There is a community fire pit area as well as fire rings at each site. 2 porta potties. We were happy to have found this and glad we could get a site last minute! The area is beautiful and was a good base for a hike and going to the lavender farms in town.
We enjoyed hiking part of the Hoh River trail from our campsite. This trail is much less busy than the other short loop sites, it’s a nice getaway from the crowds of Thai National Park site. We ended up here since we didn’t realize some smaller first come sites weren’t open yet. We never love paying the price for these larger sites, but the bathrooms were nice and campground well maintained. Access to trails right from sites is always a nice perk too.
We enjoyed taking the trail from the campsite to overlook the lake. This lake is beautiful to kayak at and is a nice spot to relax. We usually like to pick campground based on a specific hike in a region, but enjoyed just walking the easy trails in the park and taking out the kayak. We didn’t make a reservation but got the last spot available for July 3rd. It was busy, but the campground was clean and spots were fairly spacious. We got the last spot so probably not the best in the park :)
We got to this campground on a Saturday evening, around 5pm, and got the last first-come spot. It was a nice spot to stay for a night and the campsite was quite large. The spot felt very private even though it’s next to other sites. We don’t love paying $32 for sites but didn’t get a spot where we’d hoped that morning. I’d stay again as a back up to the smaller sites, or it does seem like a good group or family spot!
We love this spot! We’ve had trouble finding quiet campgrounds but this one is perfect for us. We got a spot on a Sunday morning, about half the campground was available. I imagine it might be harder getting a spot on a Friday or Saturday, but haven’t tested it out yet. Our spot was right on the river. There are a few water spigots and a couple vault toilets. We enjoyed the trail from the campground to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We’ll be back!