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Dean’s Campground

· Auburn, Washington
11 acres hosted by Marlee D.
3 Vehicle/Tent sites
We are located in Auburn, Washington 3 minutes off Highway 18. Our location is ideal for those commuting between national parks, from the US / CA border, or a quick overnight to get away from the city. Bears, bobcats, coyotes and more frequent the property. Largely untouched by humans for the last 50 years (after a once-over by Weyerhaeuser), most of the property still serves as an unofficial refuge. We are bordered by King County protected wetlands, backed by a few newer builds, and not super stoked on the new multi-million dollar neighborhood in construction on the other property line. Our history - In 1975 Dean and Barbara Inabnit purchased 11 undeveloped acres from Weyerhaeuser. Dean’s plan to bring two manufactured homes to the property was only shortly delayed by a $20,000 bid per house to have the Coast Guard airlift the houses into place. The only option, it seemed. Dean took his $40,000 and purchased a bulldozer and tractor. Weyerhaeuser granted Dean permission to widen well over 2 miles of a county access road through the forest from the direction of the nearby fire station. He drug the homes through his temporary driveway and finally in 1978, the houses were hooked up to water, sewer, and power. They moved in. He spent the next few years building a logging road as his main drive from Auburn-Black Diamond, sourcing all materials from the land. Dean and Barbara finished raising their family here, and for a while, their grandchildren enjoyed the land, too. Dean is 82 years old. His children and grandchildren return every so often as guests at the campground. As a father / daughter team willing and able to tackle projects, we purchased this property in 2020. Our purchase allowed Dean to relax and retire to the Centralia area with family. We bought his bulldozer and his tractor, and he and his family are happy to know we are continuing their hard work.
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Auburn, Washington, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Marlee D.Joined in June 2020
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within an hour
168 Ratings · 122 reviews
Allen J.recommends
September 12, 2023
It's been awesome quite and peacefull . Beautiful area and close to a lot of things store and river and parks
Reed H.recommends
September 12, 2023
Eagle's Nest
Great site! I really enjoyed how remote this felt, yet how close to the road/town it really was. Quiet site and really friendly/helpful hosts.
Craig S.recommends
September 11, 2023
It was a great little one-night getaway at the Hummingbird site. The tent I had was too large to put it on the softer ground, but one could with a two-person tent I'm sure. I had an air mattress and had a very comfortable rest despite the rocks underneath, and I suggest that you bring one if your tent is large. Not a lot of extra noises, scenery was mostly nice, restroom was decent, and amenities were provided with some extra thoughtfulness like first aid stuff. Marlee was awesome too!
Chris H.recommends
September 10, 2023
Great stay! Marlee was super helpful and made sure I had everything I needed. Would recommend to anyone!
Stevan H.recommends
September 8, 2023
The site was neat and tidy. Lots of trees without feeling closed in too much. It was a nice quiet spot to spend the night while passing through the area. We were car camping out of our SUV, so it wasn't a problem for us, but the driveway up is a bit steep and rough in spots, which could be a challenge for larger set-ups. Marlee has been extremely thoughtful in trying to figure out the best way to get my shoes back to me that were accidentally left at the site. It is a good indication of her character. Thanks Marlee!
Anika N.recommends
August 27, 2023
Marlee is a great host, lots of nice amenities like hygiene kits and first aid. Spacious campground spots and Marlee was very responsive and helpful during our stay :)
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