Popup Trailer camping - just getting started

Sourdoughs

-Marc Chapman, icthyoantagonist
#1
I've been doing pop-up trailer "camping" (getting out of the house) for years, but I just got one in order to start taking out the family - wife, daughter age 8, and son age 6.

I'm looking to go to a place with the following criteria as best as possible:
1) Fun outdoorsy stuff to do for the kids and wife (lake/stream/ocean, hiking, woodsy, etc),
2) Easy to set up a pop-up trailer,
3) Not too many surrounding campsites (eg Lake Kecheless and its 100 campsites is OUT)
4) Within an hour and a half or so drive from Seattle area.

This is just to get into the camping thing before venturing out to further sites and scenes further away.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
 

509

New Member
#3
Chiwawa River drainage on the Wenatchee River Ranger District. It is closed to fishing, but meets the other criteria.

Lots of places to camp. The campgrounds are also small if you chose to stay in them.
Good hiking trails. Valley bottom is fairly flat so lots of places for the kids to get explore.

Not sure how far from Seattle it is. It is just over an hour from Wenatchee, but fairly close to the cloudy crest.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#5
Try some of the Campgrounds on the S/F Stilly. Or the one on the Beckler River.

You can play in the water or hike in the woods. Or try to find some out of the way place that only has room for one camp setup. These are all over the woods, all you have to do is go look for them.

Jim
 
#7
There are a couple of good camp grounds just outside of Cle Elum on the West and North Fork of the Teanaway.

PM me if you'd like directions.

-Jeff
 

TheBigO

New Member
#9
I took my tent trailer to deception pass park last weeked. Fished both cranberry and pass lake. Has a sweet time. You can look at each camp site online as well, to see if you like the layout. I was in #11 but in the future would maybe pick #69. That site looked more tucked away in the back less people and traffic. However the site got far less sun. here are some pics-
 
#10
Baker Lake is a nice area with small sized campgrounds and rough places to camp.One of my favorites is the area south of Highway 12 to the Columbia River,In between Mt Adams and Mt St Helens.Hiking Fishing Ice caves and Lava beds to explore.There are tons of hidden spots and campgrounds to set up camp.
Mike
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#11
Scenic Beach State Park on the Hood Canal (Seabeck area-west of Bremerton and Silverdale). About a 35 minute drive from the Bremerton Ferry. Beach access. Breakfast at "Barbies" in Seabeck. Right close is great Bald Eagle Watching at the mouth of Big Beef Creek on generally a low tide. Nice campground.
 

Jergens

AKA Joe Willauer
#12
Chiwawa River drainage on the Wenatchee River Ranger District. It is closed to fishing, but meets the other criteria.

Lots of places to camp. The campgrounds are also small if you chose to stay in them.
Good hiking trails. Valley bottom is fairly flat so lots of places for the kids to get explore.

Not sure how far from Seattle it is. It is just over an hour from Wenatchee, but fairly close to the cloudy crest.
i would second this, beautiful area, just be heads up for mosquitos, lots of the bastards last time i was up there. i would recomend icicle creek as well.
 
#13
close,,,

the campground at the end of MF Snoqualmie Rd is new and very nice
the campground at Denny Creek
the campground at Lake Cle Elum is decent
 

Chris Scoones

Administrator
Staff member
#14
Ft Ebey

"Fort Ebey State Park, a 645-acre camping park on Whidbey Island, was originally built as a coastal defense fort in World War II. Concrete platforms mark the gun locations. The park has three miles of saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a freshwater lake for fishing, and miles of hiking and biking trails."

One of the few campgrounds I can put up with. Very well spaced camp sites. The one's our family always tries for is 24-2 & 24-3. Not view sites but your under a nice canopy of trees and you have your own play field with trails in all directions.

Hop in the rig, do the beach during the day. Visit the Fort, scare the shit of the kids (comedy) walking them through the bunker. (pitch black). The fear turns to laughter pretty quick and then you can't get them out. Bring flashlights to the bunker, even during the day.
 

Chris Scoones

Administrator
Staff member
#15
Strongly agree with Jeff's suggestion on the North Fork of the Teanaway. Ignore the structured campgrounds. Pull your camper back off the road. Those type of spots will be pretty easy to find.