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Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • View of Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Dispersed campsite on the west side of Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Dispersed campsite on the west side of Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Gravel road on the west side of Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Dispersed campsite on the west side of Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Dispersed campsite on the west side of Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • View of Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Vault toilet on the east side of Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Campers on the east side of Ranger Creek Airstrip.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Vault toilet on the small loop off of NF-7160.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Typical campsite on a loop off of NF-7160.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Small campsite on a loop off of NF-7160.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Typical campsite on a loop off of NF-7160.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
  • Memorial sign on a campsite loop off of NF-7160.- Buck Creek Campsites at Ranger Creek Airstrip
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Countless dispersed campsites near Mount Rainier National Park.
Cons: 
Primitive campsites without picnic tables. Notoriously rowdy campers.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Managed by: 
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Are all of the campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park full? Do you need a large campsite for a larger group? If you're in the Sunrise area and haven't explored availability at Silver Springs or The Dalles Campground, the Buck Creek Campsites may be your answer. Primarily clustered around the perimeter of the Ranger Creek Airstrip (still semi-actively used) and off of NF-7160, Buck Creek Campsites/Campground is a gathering of roughly 38 very spacious primitive campsites located just outside of the national park's northern boundary.

The campsites serve as an excellent rendezvous spot for large groups and as an overflow for the park's campgrounds, where campsites can be nearly impossible to claim during the busy summer season. Due to the fact that there's no camping fee or any on-site camp hosts, however, the campground tends to draw a younger and sometimes rowdier crowd.

ATTENTION: The Forest Service is considering closing 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 in the area, pack out all garbage and toilet paper and dispose of it properly, use the vault toilets provided, bring your own firewood, and stay on established paths. Using the area responsibly will increase the chances that visitors will be allowed to continue enjoying the land.

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