Nicole C.
Portland, OR
Joined October 2018
Birds galore, watch out for cows

This was a welcome sight on a cross country road trip. We rolled up around sunset to find plentiful open spots, a lovely lake, and four very confused cows.

Many sites offered a sheltered picnic table, which makes me think it might get very hot or very windy.

It looked like fishing and hunting might be possible, but no one was doing either on our trip.

A bargain at twice the price

We spent two nights at this campground in early October. We had it nearly to ourselves.

A couple things to note:

October can be cold! It got down below freezing in the first week of October.

It gets windy. There's a site in the B loop that offers a good amount of protection from wind from most directions.

The Maah Daah Hey and Long X trails start at this campground. We did a great 11ish mile mountain bike loop by heading up Maah Daah Hey and down Long X.

There's a well here, but the water looked pretty brown. We boiled it.

Watch for bears

This campground had bear warnings everywhere - tables, signs, all over. We didn't see any bears.

This spot is on the Blackfoot River, but perched above it. The banks are quite reedy and overgrown. This makes water gathering a bit challenging.

You go past some stunning ranches to get here. There's a gun range just up the road, and you'll definitely hear shooting throughout the day.

Peaceful with small spaces

I could hear the leaves falling as I walked the 20 yards past the campsite to a little clearing. This National Forest campground is easily accessible by a decent gravel road.

Sites are a little close together, but it was the shoulder season, so there were only a handful of other campers, all of whom were in RVs.

There was an additional larger section of campground that was closed off for the winter. That section looked like it had running water in the past, but a sign said there was some issue with it being undrinkable and that rangers were working on it.

Definite bear presence in this area. We saw a bunch of scat and turned around on the Burnt Cabin hike (trailhead about a half mile up the road) because we distinctly smelled bear.

Finally, this spot is at elevation and near a ski hill, so it seems safe to assume it can get dumped on with snow.

Quiet, rarely full

After spending many weekends in this campground, I've definitely fallen in love with it.

The only time I've seen it anywhere near full was Labor Day Weekend when there's a community swap meet about a third of a mile away. Even then, there were plenty of sites to snag.

There are flush toilets and pay showers through mid September. After that, they bring in porta potties.

Sites have a 5 vehicle max, so they're good for groups. Each site has a water spigot. The campground is dog friendly.

No views of Adams from here, but a quick walk or bike ride away will provide some stunning views on a clear day.