Sandy River Campsites

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  • One of 10 campsites along the Sandy River.- Sandy River Campsites
  • One of 10 campsites along the Sandy River.- Sandy River Campsites
  • One of 10 campsites along the Sandy River.- Sandy River Campsites
  • Sandy River, viewed from the campsites.- Sandy River Campsites
  • One of 10 campsites along the Sandy River.- Sandy River Campsites
  • One of 10 campsites along the Sandy River.- Sandy River Campsites
  • One of 10 campsites along the Sandy River.- Sandy River Campsites
  • One of 10 campsites along the Sandy River.- Sandy River Campsites
  • One of 10 campsites along the Sandy River.- Sandy River Campsites
  • One of 10 campsites along the Sandy River.- Sandy River Campsites
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Proximity to Mount Hood attractions and Sandy River. Free.
Cons: 
Self-maintained.
Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Tent/Walk-in sites: 
10
Picnic Tables: 
No
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Rain until evening.
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35°

Tue

Mixed precipitation (1–2 in. of snow) throughout the day.
39°F
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Wed

Light snow (under 1 in.) until afternoon, starting again in the evening.
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28°

Thu

Light snow (under 1 in.) until afternoon, starting again overnight.
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25°

Fri

Light snow (under 1 in.) in the morning and overnight.
45°F
28°

Sat

Flurries in the morning and overnight.
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29°

Sun

Mixed precipitation in the morning and afternoon.
41°F
27°
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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If you are looking for a slightly more rustic alternative to the nearby McNeil Campground or Lost Creek Campground, consider this collection of spacious, primitive and unmaintained campsites.  Located on Lolo Road just 4.4 miles north of Zig Zag and across from McNeil Campground, the campsites are on both sides of the Sandy River and are a great spot to stay as you explore Mount Hood's western wilderness.

Attention!: The Forest Service is considering closing the Sandy River to all camping in this area due to excessive tree damage, trampled plants, and the high volume of garbage, human waste and toilet paper left at the backcountry campsites.  They simply do not have the budget to maintain the area given these challenges.  If you want to continue to camp alongside the river, pack out all garbage and toilet paper and dispose of it properly, bury your feces six inches down and more than 100 feet from river, bring your own firewood and stay on established paths.  Using the area responsibly will increase the chance that visitors will be allowed to continue enjoying the land.

 

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