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Olympic Peninsula- Suggestions for Campgrounds

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Hello,

 

I am currently in Lajitas, Texas but plan on going up to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington this coming late Spring/Summer.


Since I have never been there I would appreciate suggestions for campgrounds, full hooks or not. I have a small TT with small holding tanks so the longest I could do without full hook ups is 6-7 days.

Thanks!

Joan

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Are you an Escapee member? If yes, then the perfect place to stay is the Escapee Co-Op at Chimacum, WA. From there you can take your tow vehicle and tour all of the Olympic Peninsula, and catch a ferry over to Seattle for day excursions if you want, not to mention Port Townsend is just up the road.

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I see you are an Escapees Member. Go to Days End and download the latest list of free or low cost camping sites. There is a nominal charge of $15 for the download. If you provide several reports back to Days End each year the list is free for the next year.

 

I suggest staying at the Olympic NP campgrounds, especially, Hoh Rain Forest, and South Beach or Kalaloch CG's. Make reservations for Kalaloch early, it stays full much of the summer.

 

It is much nicer staying in the NF campgounds. You can see the sunset on the ocean from your front door, attend the ranger programs in the evening. Many times there are very informative day programs available, like ranger guided hikes. Not that you can't drive to take the hikes, but why drive round trip when you can camp right were the hike will be.

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Hello,

 

I am currently in Lajitas, Texas but plan on going up to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington this coming late Spring/Summer.

Since I have never been there I would appreciate suggestions for campgrounds, full hooks or not. I have a small TT with small holding tanks so the longest I could do without full hook ups is 6-7 days.

 

Thanks!

Joan

You don't need to go to a RV park with full hookups to dump. There are lots of dump stations around and also places to fill you fresh water tank.

 

I hope you are able to spend some time in Big Bend National park while you are in the Lajitas, TX area. We hope to be in BB NP for about 2-3 weeks in late Jan and early Feb. This will be somewhere between our 20th to 25th visit to BB in the last 47 years.

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Loved our stay in La Push at Quileute Oceanside Resort. In our top 5 locations we've stayed at around the country.

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I'm glad to hear the recommendation for Salt Creek. We just reserved a week there for this August (2017). We are selling the house this spring and I retire the end of may. We are going across the north then swinging down the coast to winter in Texas.

 

Pat

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Just an obvious note for those that have never recently spent any time rving on the OP: Get reservations and get them early.... even for Evergreen. May to October is "high season" for the whole Olympic Peninsula and now that gas prices are still low, they are getting record numbers of visitors. Evergreen is often Full during these times and even the dry camp parking can get filled, too.

 

Also, be aware that rates fluctuate seasonally..... a lot. Sequim parks are a serious example of this seasonal gouging.

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There are excellent forest service campgrounds as well as state campgrounds. We used the book Free. There are some beautiful county campgrounds such as Dungeness.

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Make sure you do the logging tour in Forks. Hosted by former loggers you get to see different logging sights and a working mill. We saw elk end learned about timber production in the past as well as today.

 

Well worth while.

 

We also enjoyed Harry’s Ridge, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. 8 miles round trip; 200 feet gain. Best time: May through October

The best way to understand what happened at Mount St. Helens in 1980 is to walk in the path of the blast. This trail takes hikers from the crowded Johnston Ridge Observatory to a point overlooking stark Spirit Lake. Hikers can see the regrowth close-up and get views of the volcano and blast zone.

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