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Open Year-round
?
Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Not to be confused with Big Creek Campground in the Olympic National Forest, this Big Creek Campground is just a stone's throw from the west entrance to Mount Rainier. This campground loop serves as an essential overflow campground when traffic around the national park becomes busy in the summer, and the large sites are well-suited to such a task. In summer, the dense foliage throughout this campground, combined with the spacious sites, conveys a sense of privacy even in busy months. The proximity of Big Creek doesn't hurt, either, and several sites sit right above the water.

Big Creek Campground is equipped with the basic amenities, including picnic tables, fire pits, and vault toilets. You will find potable water here, in addition to double-site options. The campground's main asset, of course, is its location: in addition to its prime location near to Mount Rainier National Park, you'll also be right next to heaps of trails outside the park, including trails Grainite, Bertha May + Pothole Lakes and the popular hike to High Rock Lookout Tower. This campground is an excellent base from which to explore this diverse area.

Note: Big Creek Campground is open from May through mid-September. Call Hoodoo Recreation Services at 541.338.7869 for specific dates.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Serves as Mount Rainier overflow campground. Large and private sites.

Cons

Open summer only.

Pets allowed

Yes

Managed by

Hoodoo Recreation Services

Reservation phone number

877-444-6777

Address

Skate Creek Rd N
316
Ashford, WA 98304
United States

Features

Historically significant
Vault toilet
Potable water

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

08.07.17
Campsites are shady and private, only a few have easy access to the creek. Bring a bucket to wash dishes in as there are only a few places to dump waste water. Overall the sites themselves aren't much to write home about, but the campground is a good launching point for day hikes and trips to nearby alder lake
08.07.17
Campsites are shady and private, only a few have easy access to the creek. Bring a bucket to wash dishes in as there are only a few places to dump waste water. Overall the sites themselves aren't much to write home about, but the campground is a good launching point for day hikes and trips to nearby alder lake
08.07.16
Very convenient location for access to Mt Rainier Ntl Park. Bathrooms are cleaned twice a day, which is a plus, and the camp host sells firewood. A few downsides to this campground are that not all campsites have room for a tent- best stick to the recommended sites. I originally booked site 29 because it looked the most private, but it had zero room for my small 2-person tent. We ended up moving to site 26, which was much better overall- very roomy, and the driest site on a rainy trip. Most sites have very little protection from rain. Also of note- if you love your hammock (as we do), most sites do not have good trees for hammock hanging. Finally, the campground is nearby to some houses/trailers with roosters who love to crow all morning, and a stray pitbull who may wander into your campsite at night (as happened to us and a few other campers the week we went).
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