Date of Stay: July, 2006
Cougar Rock is a beautiful wooded campground in the southwest corner of the park. There are plenty of hiking opportunities from the campground or within a few miles. While it is in the forest, the view of Mt. Rainier from the access road is spectacular! There is a nightly campfire program during the summer. An outdoor enthusiast could easily spend a week here! The one drawback is that the pads for most campsites are a combination of broken pavement and gravel. Some are quite uneven and many are rough. If you have a big rig, there are very few sites that would accommodate you. Some of the interior roads have tight corners. Also, a big rig may have trouble accessing the dump station because of its tight radius. The campsites for the most part have good privacy. All in all, a very relaxing place to be!
Date of Stay: June, 2006
Denny Creek is a very unusual yet very nice campground. It has 11 electrical sites, which is unusual in Washington for a Forest Service campground. There are three hikes that start at the campground and several more just a few miles away. Snoqualmie Pass, with a hotel, restaurant, gas station and small store is only three miles away. The campground is set in the tall timber with very good privacy between the sites. The one drawback, which is the other unusual fact about the campground, is that it is in the middle of I-90. The eastbound lanes are about 500 feet above the campground and the westbound lanes are across the river again about 500 feet up. You can't see the traffic but you do hear it. Not bad but constant. If you have a site on the river, the sounds of the river may drown out all but the loudest vehicles. There is no dump station on site. The campground is very well maintained and would have been the perfect "10" with the natural beauty and recreational activities it offers but for the traffic noise.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
Ohanapecosh is a beautiful rustic campground set in an old growth forest in Mount Rainier National Park. We enjoy camping here in the spring or fall when there are no crowds. There is plenty to do here with hiking, a river and a visitor's center. However, we downgraded the campground because many campsites are close together with little privacy, the pads are often broken pavement, and the restrooms are old and need to be refurbished. The campground can be crowded, loud and smoky on a busy summer weekend. The campground does have a dump station.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
This is a beautiful state park located in old-growth forest surrounded by farms close to the junction of I-5 and US 12. There are two campgrounds. There are 25 non-hookup sites located in the forest with lots of shade, privacy, and room in between the sites. There are 10 RV sites in an open field next to the Jackson Highway which bisects the park. We camped in the non-hookup campground. This park would have rated a ten except that the bathroom was rather far from the sites and that there was no maps for the extensive trail system in the park. It is easy to get lost! Otherwise, a fantastic campground!
Date of Stay: April, 2006
This is the first time we camped at Alder Lake Park and it is a pleasant campground. We camped in the loop closest to the entrance. In this loop the space between sites was good. Privacy was adequate in some sites, non-existent in others. Because of being on a lake, it is possible it would be crowded and loud during the summer. We will come back but likely only during the cooler months.
Date of Stay: March, 2006
This campground is just north of the King County Fairgrounds. The campground area is fairly new and well maintained. The campground roads are paved but the short access road is gravel. The space between sites is good but there is no privacy. There are no signs directing people to the campground from any of the surrounding roads but it is visible from 284th Ave. Unless the fairgrounds are open, there are no restrooms! There was also no host and no employees around. There also is no dump station. When we camped there, we were the only ones around. While we had no problems, it was rather spooky at night. I would consider staying here again but only with a self contained RV and with at least one other RV.