Mt. Rainier & N. Cascades--do NP campsites fill during the week in July?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Mar 2, 2013 8:19 AM Last Post By: CascadeBob
Mar 1, 2013 9:58 AM
Mt. Rainier & N. Cascades--do NP campsites fill during the week in July?We'll be doing a long trip to Washington in July and early August. If we hit N. Cascades, Mt. Rainier, and surrounding National Forests of weekday nights, would we need to have campground reservations ahead of time or could we get sites by mid-afternoon without them?
Mar 1, 2013 10:43 AM
Mar 1, 2013 1:42 PM
2For campgrounds in Mt. Rainier in July, even during the week, you better make reservations. The larger more popular sites such as White River and Ohanapecosh will almost surely be full (RVs with generators a blarin', dogs a barkin, and dirt bikes a roarin''). Tent sites at Mowich Lake up the Carbon River entrance will more likely be open (and gives you easy day hiking into Spray Park and magnificent views of The Mountain). If you plan to backpack overnight into remote campsites, you will most definitely need to reserve them.
North Cascades has far fewer and smaller campgrounds than Mt. Rainier and they're all strung along highway 20. This puts campsites at a premium and sites such as Colonial Creek will probably be full although you may have better luck at the campgrounds around Newhalem dam As with Rainier, if packing into the backcountry you'll need reservations.
You could access North Cascades National Park from the east up Lake Chelan to Stehekin, but that requires a boat of float plane ride to reach. Ther are cabins and a small hotel there and the Purple Point Campground on the edge of town.
Mar 2, 2013 5:18 AM
3When I was in the North Cascades & Mt Baker at the end of last July, during the week none of the campgrounds were over 50% full. I arrived at Colonial Creek at about 6pm on a Sunday and had no trouble finding a nice private site. The weather was good, so that wasn't keeping people away.
Mar 2, 2013 8:19 AM
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