Lucy L.
Las Vegas , NV
Joined July 2016
My name is Lucy and I'm originally from NY and I'm now living in NV. The west has my heart and so do the outdoors! Rock climbing, scuba, and camping!
Gorgeous lake and easy primitive camping

This lake is stunning! It’s clean, and calm, and very laid back. We had our sites set on Lake Tahoe, but since it’s so busy all of the time we couldn’t find good camping. We then decided to try pyramid lake and boy were we in for a treat! It was quiet and we only saw one other camper while there.

We were able to drive right to the waters edge to camp and there were plenty of open beaches to choose from! The water was clean and refreshing. Love love love this lake!

One thing to note is they do have a port a potty at each beach site but use at your own risk! It was pretty gross where we were. It didn’t bother us though because our plan was primitive camping to begin with. No running water or facilities otherwise, so bring everything you need!

Clean and lots of shady camping

This was a great site that was directly across from the water. We didn’t have a view of the Lake from our campsite directly, but it was just a couple of steps and we were swimming in the water.

  • lots of bugs and mosquitos so bring your repellant!
  • Mini nature trails to and from campsites/bathrooms. Kind of cute!
  • A creek runs through the campground as well
  • flushable toilets and running water
Busy and somewhat dirty area, but easy in a pinch

If you aren’t looking for anything special then this place works. We used it as a quick overnight on our way to Salt Lake. The beach is big, but typically rally crowded on the weekends. The pit toilets were really bad when we went. Super full and really filthy(even for a pit toilet).

It is primitive, so nothing else is accessible other than the pit toilets. Bring all of your own supplies!

We had our dog with us and I had to keep picking stickers out of his paws, they were alll over the place! They even filled the bottom of my sandals and I ended up throwing hem away. It was a pain and I probably wouldn’t stay here again if I could avoid it

Spacious campground with flushable toilets

This campground was spacious and a single campsite easily fit 3 tents for 6 people. We could have put more if we needed to, I was impressed. It was set back away from the lake and so it was quite a walk to the beach, but that didn’t bother us.

We saw lots of wildlife and even had several deer come hang out in our campsite. They are clearly comfortable with humans.

Campground has:

-flushable toilets

-running water for washing dishes

-drinking water

-RV hookups

-large bear lockers

Clean and spacious campground

We stayed 2 nights at this campground(near the sandpit). Our main reason was for an off road adventure because there are numerous off road trails for Jeeps, buggies, rzrs, dirt bikes, etc…amazing grounds! The beach is an easy walk away where there are picnic tables and places to wade in the water and play frisbee by the water. Campsites had soft sand and clean firepits available. There were flushable toilets, running water, and clean showers for campers. We loved our stay!

Easy drive up camping, no facilities

We loved the reservoir! It was easy to drive up to a campsite and unload the tents and still use the Jeep and truck tailgates for coolers and such. We floated and also took the kayaks. There is little shade so make sure to pack sunscreen in the summer.

There are no facilities, so being your own water and plan to use "natures toilet". I would suggest water shoes because the shore can be murky when wading in.

We had an amazing time!

Busy but beautiful!

We visited Cape Flattery which is the most NW point in the lower 48. We decided to Beach camp that night and had our sights set on Shi Shi beach. It's a gorgeous beach, but a little bit of a pain to get to and to make sure you have all the right permits. You don't need an Olympic wilderness permit, but you do need a reservation permit from the local tribe. You can get this at most stores and restaurants in town, but we didn't know this beforehand so it made our trip a little more annoying(our fault for not researching). You will then need to prk in one of the secure lots for an additional $10 and walk about a mile down to the trailhead. You cannot park at the trailhead itself overnight. Then, from the trailhead it's about a 2mile walk to the beach where you can set up camp anywhere you chose.

Keep in mind the tide schedule and you will need a bear canister. If you don't have your own you can rent from the ranger station.

Not actually Mora campground, but Rialto Beach

There wasn't anywhere to review the Rialto Beach campsites option so I chose to do it on here. It's a review worth writing because it was one of the best experience I've ever had.

Mora campground was full and so we chose to get a wilderness permit from the ranger station right next to the mora campground($15). This allowed us to drive down to Rialto Beach which is about 1 mile past Mora campground and camp WHEREVER WE WANTED!

We chose to hike 1.5 miles and camp between split rock and hole in the wall. However, you are permitted to camp anywhere along the beach as long as you have the wilderness permit. They will take your vehicle type and tag number to verify.

There are facilities at the parking lot at Rialto Beach, but if you hike down as far as we did you will have to use "natures toilet". They also require that you have a bear canister to store scented items and food, but if you don't have one you can rent one from the ranger station.

We saw bald eagles, otters, sea creatures, birds, and rabbits. Don't forget to check the tide schedule so you know how far back you need to camp to compensate for high tide.

Incredible riverside primitive camp

We were backpacking the Elwha river trail in Olympic National Park and decided to stay at Lillian base camp for a night. We hiked 4miles into the forest from whiskey bend road and we were astonished! The river and the sites were breathtaking!

There is one pot toilet in an "outhouse" and they also have prestrung bear wires set up in a section of camp away from the sites. Obviously, this site is primitive and you will need to filter your water from the river and try to have a bear canister with you as well. If you do not have a bear canister you are required to use the bear wire to keep everyone safe.

Dry wood was difficult to find for a fire, but not impossible. We chose to hike back up the trail a bit to find some.

This site was gorgeous! Directly next to the river(there are a couple of sites set back away from the river as well). It's a first come, first serve basis but there is plenty of room.

Convenient to trails and has clean facilities

We stayed at sunset campground the first week of June, and it was still very cold! The campground was clean and the host did regular rounds to check on everyone.

There are very clean bathrooms with flushable toilets and running sink water. There is also a separate area with a sink for washing camp dishes. No showers on site.

I was surprised that there were no bear boxes or bear wire available at the campsites considering there are black bears in the area. If you go, make sure to store your food properly.

The campground is in a good location and you can walk to inspiration point as well as some of the other overlooks. Many other trails are in walking distance, but a few points like Rainbow vista you need to drive to.

Overall, it was a good camping experience. We did not reserve a site ahead of time and the campground was almost full by lunchtime. It's pretty popular so get there early!

Primitive Camping by Calf Creek Falls

We tried to camp directly at Calf creek falls, but it was very over crowded. The host referred us to a few primitive camping sites that were about 1 mile from the camp ground. They were on the right hand side just off of the road, but you would think you were in the backwoods. It was cold and rainy when we camped but the views and surrounding area were beautiful! It was convenient to head back to Calf creek and hike both upper and lower. If you're in the area and don't mind primitive camping(no facilities or running water) I would highly recommend it. It was worth dodging the large crowds and loud campsites for a quiet spot.

Plenty of Shade and Convenient Creek Swimming

We stayed at Upper Stoney Creek for 2 nights. We were very pleased with the help the host provided us when we needed a camping spot last minute. Many camp grounds were overbooked and we were at a loss. We were able to tuck our tent back by some shaded trees and directly behind our site was Stoney Creek. There were lots of areas to swim and wade which was helpful with the warm weather. It was comviently located to the main road for trail access. It was also less than 1 mile from a small station with amentities such as gas, ice, food, drinks, ATM, and bathrooms. There are no shower facilities and upper Stoney Creek but there were composting bathrooms that were kept fairly clean.

clean facility, paved campsites

This was a nice campsite. The sites are arranged in a circle and there are clean restrooms available. They were just a short walk from our campsite. They campground is first come/first serve and you will have to fill out a form upon arrival that goes on he dashboard of your vehicle for the duration of your stay. The park rangers did come around and check all license plate tags/registration forms. The hiking around cathedral Gorge is fairly easy, and the scenery is beautiful. We heard a pack of coyotes pretty close to the campground throughout the night, but they didn't disturb anyone. They also sell firewood in bundles at the campground. It's kind of the honor system, and make sure you bring cash for payments.

Beautifully renovated and clean campground

We spent 2 nights at the newly renovated Eagle Point campground on the coast of Emerald Bay. Our campsite was clean with bear lockers, picnic tables, and fire pit provided. The bathrooms and showers were well kept and I saw park staff cleaning them each morning we were there. We did have a bear sighting(he was trying to get into the main dumpster by the bathrooms). However, once the Rangers were notified they made regular loops around the campground throughout the night to ensure everyone's safety. Our site was right near he trail that lead down to the beach. It was campsite #63. This made it very easy for us to take our kayaks down the .25 mile trail and launch into Emerald bay. I would highly recommend this campsite for anyone in the south Tahoe area!

Beautifully renovated and clean campground

We spent 2 nights at the newly renovated Eagle Point campground on the coast of Emerald Bay. Our campsite was clean with bear lockers, picnic tables, and fire pit provided. The bathrooms and showers were well kept and I saw park staff cleaning them each morning we were there. We did have a bear sighting(he was trying to get into the main dumpster by the bathrooms). However, once the Rangers were notified they made regular loops around the campground throughout the night to ensure everyone's safety. Our site was right near he trail that lead down to the beach. It was campsite #63. This made it very easy for us to take our kayaks down the .25 mile trail and launch into Emerald bay. I would highly recommend this campsite for anyone in the south Tahoe area!