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Wilderness Path

5 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Ashford, WA
Our rental property was once a mini Rail Road with full size locomotive's, train cars, pumper cars and more. My dad & grandpa layed all the tracks & put together the buildings in the 1970's. Once done my grandma sold tickets to the tourist and my grandpa ran the engine around the 7 acre oval track pulling a train car full of happy tourist through the woods over the train bridge and past the big water tower back to their vehicles so they could finish their journies with a drive to Mt. Rainier. There is a lot of history on this property for our family and we hope by sharing it with others they will be able to experience some fun here as well.
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Private RV parking near Mt Rainier

1 site · RV1 acre · Packwood, WA
You've found the best RV parking in Packwood, Washington at the base of Mt Rainier. Enjoy nearly an acre of quiet, old growth, tranquil, forest to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Leave behind the congested RV park and experience a unique and tranquil oasis of natural beauty. Pick between two RV parking spots, with septic, 30 amp electric and water. Enjoy your own fire pit, a covered picnic shelter with lighting, horseshoe pits and a covered porch with a swing. Access the property with a U-shaped, pull-through drive, or simply back in/out. The property is located at the dead end of a road with a large, paved cul de sac for easy turning . You'll be centrally located to the best of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer: Mt. Rainier National Park (12 miles to the Stevens Canyon entrance and 28 miles to the Nisqually entrance in the summer....longer in the winter), White Pass (including the ski resort and the Pacific Crest Trail), the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the Cowlitz River, Packwood Lake, and endless hiking trails. Looking for more? You're also not far from Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams. While you feel like you've stepped away from it all, you're still just a few miles away from the amenities of Packwood, including shopping, restaurants, gas, etc. Fall asleep to the soft sounds of nearby Butter Creek, and wake up to fresh forest air. Spend your days exploring what makes the Pacific Northwest so amazing, and relax at night gathering around the large fire pit or enjoying time together under the covered picnic shelter. A second RV is allowed for an additional fee (contact owner), though electrical service is only available for one RV (septic and water available for two). One tent is allowed provided it is accompanied by a fully contained RV with a bathroom. The maximum occupancy is 6 persons regardless of the number of RV's or if a tent is used. Some guess have reported that using slide outs leaves little to no room to walk past the slide outs without having to walk off the driveway; if your vehicle has slide outs this may not be an ideal location for your vacation. (note: there is a small residence on the property, which will be vacant during your stay; you are free to use the covered porch area and the porch swing).
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Rainier's Roadside RV

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Ashford, WA
Welcome to Rainier Roadside RV, the ideal base camp for visiting Mt. Rainier! The closest RV site to Rainier's Nisqually entrance and a two minute drive to the gate! Beat the morning rush and be first into the park. Site amenities include a covered pavilion for afternoon picnics, a central fire pit area, electrical connections, and trash bin. This desirable location is both close to the entrance but also the road. During the busy season the line for the Nisqually entrance can back up over three miles long. This campsite is close to the park and less than a mile to the gate. This mean a couple things: You can be the first in line in the mornings, but traffic also backs up past the campsite starting around 8 am (see picture of road proximity from Google Earth for reference). The road traffic dies down in the evenings, as visitors tend to leave the park before dark. When you're not in the park check out the local sites including The Elbe Outdoor Shooting Range, Nisqually River (387th Ave Ct E), Ice cream at Elbe Junction or the Wildberry Restaurant across the street, just a stroll away! I appreciate feedback and reviews, I'm always trying to make the experience better!
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Rainier Hideaway

7 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Ashford, WA
This location is only a mile away from the Mount Rainier National Park entrance. There is usually traffic going towards the National Park on weekends during peak season (July-August), so we encourage everyone to leave the site by 9 am during those days if you are planning on heading into the park. There is a full service restaurant (WildBerry Restaurant) that offers both traditional American and select few Nepalese dishes right next to the camping site. There are also more restaurants, gas station, and a grocery store about 5 miles from the location. You may see some elk and deers on the property if you get lucky.
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The Getaway

3 sites · RVs1 acre · Packwood, WA
Learn more about this land: The property makes a great base camp for exploring the area. Our site is designed for one party but will accommodate an additional 2 RV’s. This is the perfect spot for family and friends to get together. This property has three 30 amp 120 volt receptacles one for each RV/pay per hookup/per night. As there are NO bathroom facilities on the property, tents MUST be in conjunction with an RV that has an indoor toilet/shower (no outdoor showering). NO TENT ONLY camping. Located in High Valley Country Club (HVCC) neighborhood, Golf at the HVCC, which is about 500ft away from the property, Guest Fees are $40.00 including Holidays or Swim-Guest Fees are $10.00 and Holidays are double. Let me know if you want to be registered as guests to use these facilities. The property is close to Packwood (4.5 mi) where you will find groceries, restaurants, pizza, The Goat (Mountain Goat Coffee Company) and two breweries. There are several hiking choices. There are hiking trails and public access to the Cowlitz River. Visit skatecreekpark.org for more information. Goat Rocks Wilderness and Mt. Rainier trails are a short drive away. During the winter months, White Pass ski area and snowmobile parks, Sno-Park Skate Creek and Sno-Park Orr Creek are in the area.
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Two Frog Bog

3 sites · Lodging20 acres · Roy, WA
Welcome to Two Frog Bog, a 20-acre forested haven featuring 5 acres of wetland. Our accommodations include a 24-foot yurt with a private, semi-attached bathhouse, two 10 x 20-foot tent cabins with outdoor kitchens and private outhouses with composting toilets. You’ll enjoy the outdoor shower that is available for all guests. The communal fire pit is a great place to roast s’mores and maybe meet new friends. But wait, there’s more: a two-tent campground where we provide the tents, a shared, covered and fully equipped outdoor kitchen, a shared composting outhouse (cleaned at least once a day). Campground has access to shower and fire pit as well. Explore our forest trails leading to the serene wetland, and don't miss our unique 26-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall Woodhenge – a magical spot to relax in a hammock, read a book, or stargaze. Two Frog Bog invites you to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the variety of accommodations and shared spaces we offer.
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The Village at Rainier

2 sites · Lodging1 acre · Ashford, WA
True glamping experience! The Village has your choice of a private cabin with RV pad that include electric and water. Cabins have 1/2 baths and group firepit. Site is located right at base-camp for Mt Rainier. Private access to the Nisqually River and 10 minutes to the entrance of the National Forrest. Everything you could want for camping, a romantic getaway, or climbing/hiking Mt Rainier. Check in time is 4:30 pm Check out time is 11:00 am
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RV Camping in Ashford!

5 sites · RVs1 acre · Ashford, WA
This is the old historic wagon road to Mount Rainier Park and is home to many old homesteads from the late 1800's and early 1900.  Its a very pretty drive in the fall when the colors are changing and the local elk are bugling.
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Mt. Si Base Camp - North Bend WA

2 sites · Lodging1 acre · North Bend, WA
Country setting but close to shopping and services - Walking distance to Little Si Trail Head, Snoqualmie Trail (SVT), Middle and South Fork River and North Bend. Rent the Bunkhouse (*bring your own sleeping bag/bedding) two separate rooms included with the "site" reservation. Bunkhouse #1 - One Queen bed, pillows provided. Bunkhouse #2 - Twin bunkbeds, pillows provided. If you have more guests than the bunkhouses sleeps (B1 Two B2 Two) in your party and would like to pitch a tent please let us know. - Outdoor Kitchen Cabana; BBQ, small refrigerator, Microwave, & hot pot. Utensils for cooking, pots and pans, basic spices and oil. - 10 min drive to: Mt. Si, Rattlesnake Ridge, Twin Falls, Mailbox Peak, and Mt. Teneriffe among others great hikes! North Bend has great restaurants, Wine Large grassy area (1 acre) surrounded by mature evergreens. Campfire Pit, Residential area but you don’t know it when on the property. Freeway noise depending on the weather. Additional tables and chairs available for larger parties. - Privacy: Just one group/family on site during your stay. Tent sites available for larger groups. Rent the property for Birthday Parties, Anniversary Parties or Family Reunions. $500.00 for 7AM to 12PM. Near By: #1 Tee Disc Golf Course North Bend, Mt Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie, Wine tasting at Pearl and Stone Wine Co in North Bend. Train rides from North Bend and Snoqualmie.
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Private Beach, 15 Acres, Vashon

1 site · RV, Tent15 acres · Vashon, WA
Visit Vashon Island and relax on this private 15 acre property. Camp near the bluff, overlooking Puget Sound, walk the trail down to the beach and enjoy 1000 ft. of secluded beach. Please note: There is an additional charge of $25/person/night above the base rate. For some reason hipcamp doesn't automatically add in this charge, so we will request it separately. It must be paid in full prior to arrival to avoid cancellation of your stay. The island boasts great coffee hangouts, galleries, wineries, restaurants (Earthen, The Ruby Brink, The Hardware Store Restaurant), Snapdragon and others. Minglement, the Burton Coffee Stand, and Cafe Olio Vino have great coffee. Thriftway is a great grocery store. The Burton Store is worth a visit if you are coming from the Tacoma/Pt. Defiance ferry as you will pass it on your way to the property. There a galleries, shops and restaurants in the town of Vashon and also in Burton. Vashon Center for the Arts, O-Space and the Chamber of Commerce have events that might be of interest. Bikes, E-bikes, paddle boards and kayaks can be rented from Vashon Adventures and Vashon Bikes.They also rent tents and some camping equipment. Before lighting an outdoor fire, please check with us. There are sometime burn bans for air quality and/or high fire danger. Generally, fires are allowed at the beach below the high tide line and must be put out COLD with water and buried with sand before leaving them unattended. You are responsible for any damage or injuries caused by a fire you start, so please be careful!
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Ten of Cups Farm

4 sites · Lodging, Tents29 acres · Packwood, WA
Deep in the valley between Tahoma (Mt. Rainier), Pahto (Mt. Adams) and Lawetlat'la (Mt. St. Helens), Ten of Cups Farm sits on stolen Cowlitz land. We are nestled between the icy flows of the Cowlitz River and the gentle giants of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The babbling of the creek and calls of the goats will welcome you as you arrive on these 29 acres of beloved land tended as a home, farm and refuge of spirit. While you are our guests, you will live in a spacious, all season canvas tent outfitted with a queen sized bed. In the cold season, your tent will be warmed by a small wood stove. You can enjoy a slow morning, making your coffee and breakfast in our fully equipped outdoor kitchen, relax in a hammock under the orchard trees, and jump in a hot shower alongside the creek before heading out on your adventures. We at Ten of Cups Farm look forward to welcoming you! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey. A couple notes about your stay: -We have an off-leash farm doggie named, Saorsa, (pronounced Seer-sha) she is extremely friendly and excited to greet you! She will bark when you arrive, and possibly at other moments of interaction but she responds quickly to sweet invitations and affection. She gets along well with other dogs and loves to play! -Please only bring your dog if you are confident that they will not have negative interactions with our goats, and that they can safely roam a place where there are strangers, children, and other animals. Please be prepared to keep your dog on a leash at all times if they are not able to adjust to the farm life. Thank you! -We are currently asking guests to pack out recycling. We can take trash and compost. -You are welcome to bring your own firewood and make a fire in one of the fire pits as long as there is no fire ban in effect! **20% of income from all listings at Ten of Cups Farm will be returned directly to Cowlitz peoples** HOW FAR WE ARE FROM LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: —30 minute drive from Mt. Rainier’s Stevens Canyon Entrance —1 hour from Paradise parking lot —20 minutes from swimming holes on the Cowlitz River —15 minutes from beautiful Packwood, WA where you can enjoy great food and drink! —1.5 hours from Mt. St. Helens Windy Ridge More info on visiting Mt. Rainier National Park: https://visitrainier.com/the-basics/park-entrances/ More info on visiting Mt. St. Helens National Park: http://www.mountsthelens.com/visitorcenters.html
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Cowlitz River Rentals

54 sites · RVs, Tents70 acres · WA
WELCOME to Cowlitz River Rentals! We will be hosting a number of events this year, so be sure to plan your stay accordingly. 2024 EVENTS May 4 - Summit to Swamp Obstacle Mud Run (on foot) May 4-5 - Beasts Endurance 1 adventure event (on foot) May 24-27 (Memorial Day wknd) - Moonshiners Jeep Races Aug 2-4 - Flivvers at the River Aug 3 - Gambler 500 "Run Forest Run" road rally & forest trash cleanup Aug 3-4 HooptieX car racing Aug 10 - Trail Mix 2024 endurance trail race (on foot) We plan to be open from May 1 - September 30, 2024. What is special here? -- Very large and spacious sites, w/no charges for extra tents and vehicles. -- Distance between sites for privacy. -- Room to accommodate large groups with multiple camp vehicles. -- River views from almost every site. -- "Float the Loop"-A 20-30 min river float without leaving the property. -- Pets off leash as long as they are under control. -- Four beaches that can be accessed by all campers. -- Many paths for walking and bicycling. -- An atmosphere to relax and play like a kid again! Thank you, to all who stayed with us in our first season. We hope you had lots of fun, in spite of the dust. We are now in the process of revamping some of the camping areas to allow for a better camping experience. We have created some new sites and have changed the capacity of others. Many names have changed, so be sure to read the descriptions. We are also now have a website: CowlitzRiverRentals.com It is online with basic info. We will be adding more site information soon. Within the site listings her on Hipcamp, I will clearly notate if a site is brand new, or if it has a name/location change for 2024. We had to adjust our check-in/check-out to noon. You are welcome to come to the property early, and stay on the property until early evening to enjoy the river....there are plenty of places to park before you check-in or after you check-out. This is only valid for the days that you are booked. We will have a spigot with potable water available at the gate area. There will be plenty of porta potties spread throughout the property. These are cleaned weekly. This year we will have an option to pack out your own garbage or use our dumpster for $10/bag. Our 2024 season will have 10 Group sites and 15 Individual sites on 70 acres. Our sites are listed as: -Individual - up to 6 people -Group - up to 16 people. All of our group sites can accommodate much larger groups. Please call to make those reservations, so that we can make sure your specific needs can be met. USE THESE COORDINATES (46.5354948, -121.9697498) to get to the access road at Milepost 114.5 on Hwy 12, just west of Randle, WA. Once arriving there, follow the posted instructions. or USE THE WRITTEN DIRECTIONS in the BOOKING CONFIRMATION.....PLEASE! The sites are listed based on reviews, as a default of the Hipcamp site. Please scroll through. Not all sites can accommodate groups. Some sites are not feasible for large trailers. Click on a site for more details in the description. We offer some of the most beautiful scenery in western Washington. Here you will find the peaceful quiet of being "away from it all", yet in reality you are only a little over a mile from the local grocery store, restaurants, and gas stations along Hwy 12 in Randle. Randle is a gateway to many other outdoor areas and activities including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. We have a private entry from the highway, so you can feel safe leaving your camp set up while you take day excursions. We have sites scattered across 70 acres. Your perfect camping site may be found in the fields, in the shade of the trees, by the river, in view of Mt. Adams, or a combination of these. You can be assured plenty of space for privacy and quiet, even if other campers are in the vicinity. We currently host newly developed, private river access, camp areas on the upper Cowlitz River. Many of the sites may have a lot of dirt rather than grass. This dirt turns to dust in dry weather. We are hoping to have most of them seeded with grass, but we will see how that goes (grows). This has been a cattle grazing pasture for the past 100 years. It is also flood plain, so we get a fresh covering of river silt almost every year. This also turns to a fine powdery dust in dry weather. However, many say that the river access, the surrounding beauty, and the privacy, far outweigh the inconvenience of any dust. The property has a TWO MILE perimeter.....there is plenty of room! We have 25 site locations strategically spread across this large acreage, each with its own "personality" and benefits. All campers have the ability to access the river at any of the four beaches. One of the most common comments from our campers is that they cannot believe how much space is between campsites. This year, almost all of the sites have a view of the river. We make an effort to maintain site privacy and a peaceful atmosphere. We value being in the outdoors, with the feeling of "getting away", without having the rules, restrictions, and the crowded conditions found in typical campground areas.... we figure you do too. We just ask that you respect other campers, especially concerning campsite noise levels at night. Campers can "float the loop" which consists of launching on the upriver side of the peninsula, floating/kayaking around to the downriver side, getting out and walking across the field to launch again. PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION FOR EACH SITE to find out what type of vehicle it can handle. We have pictures for many, but we will be working through the winter and spring to develop others. The only Hipcamp site location pinpoint will be for the access road at the highway. Please look at the picture of our site map to see where your site is located. We have to do this because people have not been reading the directions given, and our neighbors have given negative feedback about strangers driving into their yards. New pics will be added as we get them. Please feel free to ask questions about any site. Most areas can be accessed with 2wd vehicles, although certain areas may be a little rough for something with low clearance. Some sites are more friendly to larger trailers than others. Please read the descriptions and ask questions if you are unsure. We have four separate riverbars, some with sandy beach areas. There is plenty of river space for all. Ask us about river floating and kayak options. Let us know if you have a special group event. We are very flexible and can help you create the situation that would suit your group the best. Pets are welcome, but be aware that coyotes, bobcat, and cougar have been sited in the valley. There are also eagles and hawks to be aware of for smaller animals. Feel free to reach out with questions before booking to make sure all of your needs can be accommodated. Things to be considered: Need for campfire wood, need for water, types of vehicles, your camping goal (group get together or total solitude with peace and quiet), quick easy access to the main road or camping way off the path, best pet areas, best kid friendly areas, ect. We welcome your questions. Our goal is to help you make great memories!
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The best camping near Mount Rainier National Park guide



Have you ever wanted to walk on a glacier covering an active volcano? You're in luck, this is most glaciated peak in the lower 48 states.

Maybe you'll want to explore wildflowers in the spring or hike to a waterfall. Cyclists can challenge themselves with rides that gain almost 4,000 feet in elevation.

Prefer to hike? You've got 260 miles of trails (all levels) to choose from—so get started! If you want to actually climb the mountain (14,410 feet!), you'll need a permit plus ice-climbing gear. Fishing isn't great here, so leave the poles at home—But bring your kayak or canoe to explore Mowich Lake.

The historic National Park Inn is open year-round, and Paradise Inn accepts guests spring through fall. You say you'd rather camp? (We would, too!) Hook up your RV at 3 separate campgrounds, or hike into the primitive tent campsites at Mowich Lake Campground.

When to go

The best time to visit Mount Rainier National Park is during the summer months when the weather is mild and the roads are clear. However, the park's beauty transforms with each season, offering unique experiences year-round. Winter visits can be magical, but come prepared for road closures and heavy snowfall.

Know before you go

  • Always check the current road status and weather conditions before planning your visit to ensure accessibility.
  • Carry tire chains in your vehicle from November 1 to May 1, as they are mandatory within the park during this period.
  • Visitor centers and facilities have varying operating hours; confirm these times to make the most of your trip.
  • Accessibility is a priority at Mount Rainier; learn about the park's efforts to accommodate all visitors.
  • For your safety, familiarize yourself with winter hazards such as avalanches if you're visiting in the colder months.

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