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Dean’s Campground

96%
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· Auburn, Washington
11 acres
9 sites
7 RV/Tent
1 RV
1 Tent
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 unofficial refuge. We are boarded by King County protected wetlands, and a few newer builds. 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 air lift the houses in to 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 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, 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, living in the Centralia area. 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
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Hosted by Marlee D.Joined in June 2020
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 6 hours
96%
93 ratings · 70 reviews
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Matt R.recommends
January 15, 2023
Sandy Ways
The management here is amazing, thoughtful generous, I have stayed here long term and am gonna miss this place greatly
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Kurt W.recommends
December 22, 2022
Hummingbird - monthly
Quiet, restful, and well managed
I needed a place to rest when I wasn't working and the Hummingbird site was perfect. Marlee was a responsive and gracious manager.
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Kurt W.recommends
December 8, 2022
Hummingbird - monthly
Well managed an beautiful site
The owner of the campsite is responsive and is a pleasure to work with. There were some hipcamp issues that prevented timely communications and they completely covered for all of that even though it wasn't their responsibility. This site was exactly what I needed and I'm very grateful that they had room for me. I'll be back! (Austrian accent)
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Stephen M.recommends
November 26, 2022
Grey Wolf - monthly
best campground around, very secluded, loved the peacefulness.
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Carolyn W.recommends
November 26, 2022
'Yote Pack - monthly
Great place to camp. If you do t mind climbing a hill. Marlee is very sweet hospitality
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Matt R.recommends
October 15, 2022
Sandy Ways
Just amazing Marlee is just supercalafragslisticexpialadocous extremely friendly and helpful!
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Mark G.recommends
October 13, 2022
Eagle's Nest - monthly
Home for 6 weeks
Spent 6 weeks here and I am sorry to leave. Got to see the Hunters Moon before I left. Thanks Marlee…
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Mark G.recommends
October 8, 2022
Eagle's Nest - monthly
Special Place
I love the seclusion and peacefulness. I have stayed for weeks and I shall miss it after I leave. Special place for me now…
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Y R.recommends
October 2, 2022
Grey Wolf - monthly
In very beautiful places I really liked the entrance to enter the place is a bit complicated but it is very comfortable
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Mark G.recommends
September 27, 2022
Eagle's Nest - monthly
This place has been a restful sanctuary for me. I love it here…
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Mark G.recommends
September 22, 2022
Eagle's Nest - monthly
I had no idea this camp was here and I drove by it every day for 3 years. I found it in a tragic time in my life when I needed a refuge and sanctuary. I can’t tell you how safe and peaceful the campground and surrounding area is. Marlee has been wonderful to work with and very responsive. I have found the peace and rest I was seeking. A special place for me now.
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Dale M.recommends
September 16, 2022
Grey Wolf - monthly
Thank you Marlee!
Great little area! We stayed here after a concert at the Washington state fair. It’s just far enough out to not be in the midst of the chaos but close enough we didn’t need to make the hour and a half drive home. Marlee made sure everything worked well for us. Because of plans we had the next day, our concert trip wouldn’t have been possible without her, and she was happy to help at any point. I’ve used other sites like air bnb before and have never had anyone respond and quickly as Marlee does.
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Mary H.
September 15, 2022
Hummingbird - monthly
The campground is beautiful. It's not too far out, but away from noisy highways. A big negative point for me was paying over $40 a night but having no facilities except a port-a-potty. Unfortunately, a couple of rude partiers camped next to us and kept us awake all night. The camp host was apologetic, kicked them out, and refunded our fee. But I don't think I would stay there again.
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Caro L.recommends
September 9, 2022
Hummingbird - monthly
This place was exactly what I expected, we had a great time! I will go back next time I need a little break from the world :)
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Steve S.recommends
September 3, 2022
Bighorn - monthly
Wonderful quiet place
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Hayley M.recommends
August 31, 2022
Hummingbird - monthly
Easy to find, great location, beautifully maintained camp sites
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Ed O.recommends
August 8, 2022
'Yote Pack - monthly
It was perfect
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Lydia P.recommends
August 7, 2022
Grey Wolf - monthly
The hosts are so welcoming and helpful!
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Steve S.recommends
August 3, 2022
Bighorn - monthly
I have really appreciated Marlee working with me on my stay. The site is clean and beautiful. It is also a haven for birds, rabbits, bees, and swallow tail butterflies!
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Sevare C.recommends
July 30, 2022
Grey Wolf - monthly
Wonderful camping
Clean and quiet. The Hostess Marlee is great. Very friendly. Would deffinatly return or recomend checking this hidden gem out.
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David M.recommends
July 24, 2022
Karla's Spot
Great experience!
Lovely campground, easy last-minute check-in! Free firewood was waiting at our campsite and the hosts came around with chocolate in the evening! Great experience!
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Kyler M.recommends
July 24, 2022
Karla's Spot
Would stay here again. Smaller campsite but they were very responsive and even gave us some chocolate. You can hear the freeway but for how close it was to our house and how last minute we were able to get a spot, can’t complain.
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Rivers P.recommends
July 17, 2022
Karla's Spot
Stayed here only for a night and super last minute but now it’s at the top of our list to come back to and stay longer! Beautiful location and you can tell they care about creating a lovely stay for their guests
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Matt R.recommends
July 13, 2022
Sandy Ways
Sandy ways
Amazing
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Lori A.recommends
July 3, 2022
Karla's Spot
We normally don't go camping but decide to go at the last minute not knowing you have to make reservations in advance but Dean's Campgrounds were nice enough to have us stay regardless..it's peaceful, secluded n quite..I would recommend it highly..
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Dana C.recommends
April 12, 2022
Johns' Spot
Marlee was an amazing host, they provided timely, polite responses and very helpful information. Lovely experience, can't wait to come back soon! Also fantastic campground, the emails gave thorough directions for arrival, it's also a clean and beautiful site. 10/10 review, would recommend to anyone. Thanks Marlee!
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Nathan W.recommends
February 14, 2022
Eagle's Nest - monthly
Peaceful, Easy, Fun
Marlee's land was easy to find, access, and use. She has everything planned out so that you can show up, do your thing, and leave without needing to interact with anyone. But, if you want to, she's available. This was my first time using HipCamp in Washington and if this is what's to come I'm excited to get back out there!
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Chelsey M.recommends
January 9, 2022
Eagle's Nest - monthly
It's absolutely beautiful, nice and quiet. The house provided for showers and laundry is more than welcoming and no one's close enough on their site to really bother you
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Rachael C.recommends
December 12, 2021
Johns' Spot
We had a last minute, quick overnight stay and it was wonderful. I wish we could have brought our kids and dog and stayed longer. Everything was very clean and well marked. The amenities were plentiful in the shared clubhouse and very inviting. The host was very quick to respond to our late request for a spot.
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Krystal H.recommends
December 10, 2021
Eagle's Nest - monthly
Very quiet peaceful
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