trena E.
beaverton, OR
Joined August 2018
ski, hike, camp junkie
great beginner backpacking spot!

4 in our group, two of us were first time backpackers. This was a great intro to backpacking.

We went in May, so there was still snow, and the lake was so full it had flooded part of the trail, making the backside campsites inaccessible. Luckily we got a site near the entrance trail to the lake.

There is so much hiking and beauty in this area. We hiked to the top of ZigZag, and it was breathtaking.

surprisingly quiet in a popular area

This is a great campground along a tributary of Detroit Lake. There is a little road noise from hwy 22, but it's across the water, and not too bad. The views from some of the sites (like ours) was awesome.

There's a great boat ramp and a couple of docks to hang out, fish, and jump in the water.

Close to road but nice

This campground is very close to hwy 22. We purposely picked sites on the river side, and the river was fast and loud enough to drown out most of the traffic noise, so it didn't feel too bad. I wouldn't want camp on the other side though.

Our site didn't really have river access (sites 14/15), but there were a few that did. Ours were beautiful sites that had a ton of spaces for tents, so it's great for small groups. Since we had two consecutive sites, we felt pretty private.

There's a ton of good hiking nearby, and detroit lake is just down the road, which we did do one day to go jump in.

small and quiet walk-in

This is a wonderful little gem! The campsites are dispersed nicely and are clean and flat. The trails between the sites are well maintained to drag a cooler to your site. There are also day-use areas nearby with trails for hiking, biking, OHV, and horses.

We stayed in campsite 3 - which has a nice view to the hills on the other side of the river, and great morning sun.

I'd say the absolute best part though is the river access. There's a beyond perfect swimming hole, that we all quickly discovered was plenty deep enough to jump off the rock formation next to it. It was busy on a hot saturday afternoon, but not crowded in the least.