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The portable toilets have been removed for the winter.  They will be back in March!

* Due to unpredictability of rain, I no longer deliver firewood to the individual sites, you can pick it up from a conveniently located woodshed where it stays dry.  Just message me for the access code if you add fir

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PLEASE READ BELOW AND READ YOUR SITE DESCRIPTION BEFORE BOOKING!

The portable toilets have been removed for the winter.  They will be back in March!

* Due to unpredictability of rain, I no longer deliver firewood to the individual sites, you can pick it up from a conveniently located woodshed where it stays dry.  Just message me for the access code if you add firewood as an extra.

This is easy car access to a raw outdoor camping experience. You will be camping next to the crystal clear Washougal River and have access to Naked Falls and Reeder Falls. The camping area is on the East side of the river.  Come prepared as the nearest potable water source is at least a mile away and you won't see any lights or electrical outlets on the property.  There is a portable toilet now between sites 4 and 5 on the east side of the road.  Also, please remember that I don't live there and there is limited service on the property. If you have questions, please contact me in advance as I may be unreachable when you arrive at the property. If you are not familiar with the area, or even if you haven't camped there before, I recommend contacting me for directions or information about the area before you go up.  Also, if you have an RV, you will want to contact me to discuss which site you really want to book depending on the size of your RV, awnings, slide outs, etc.  Each booked site is allowed 2 cars or 1 RV.  If you have more than 2 cars or 1 RV, there is a fee of 10.00 per additional vehicle.  

The Campsites go in the order they appear as you drive through the campground. With some exceptions.  Sites 8 and 11 (in that order) are up the hill from the fork at site 2.  Sites 12 through 19 are in order on the West side of the river.  There are signs with the site numbers next to each site.  The sites each have their own parking spaces.

Please see the brief descriptions below so you have a good idea of what kind of experience you can expect at each site.

Site 1: Saltness Creek

This is the only site with direct trail access to the river on the camping side.  It's also right on a creek and encompasses a corner of the confluence of the creek and the Washougal River.  It's a nice open space right off the gravel road which allows you to park right by where you will set up tents and have your campfire.  It also means other campers will drive right by your site and they will need to pass by it to take the trail to the river.  This site is very convenient but not very private.

Site 2: Naked Falls

There is a short narrow trail that leads to the campsite on the Naked Falls cliff.  It's awesome!  This is the original campsite at Naked Falls and has likely been there for 100 years or more.  It overlooks the waterfall and island downstream.  It's really the coolest campsite but it's not for everybody.  The area for pitching tents is smaller than at the other sites.  Only 2 medium sized tents will fit comfortably.  You may be able to cram 3 tents in but should be aware that it's only really meant for 2.  Groups larger than 6 may want to consider another site.  Also, it is right on the cliff where people like to jump so, while you have the best view of all the fun stuff happening at the falls, you also have cliff divers coming up to say hi during the day.

Site 3: Desk Job

This site is just past the falls.  It has a wide short trail to the camping area and a beautiful view of the river that passes right by the site about 30 ft below it.  It is nice, quiet and secluded.

Site 4: Middle Management

This site is nice for pulling vehicles in and around.  It loops around some trees in the center.  The trees to the east and North are all alders so it has limited shade in the morning when there aren't leaves on the trees (winter and early spring)  The trail down is wide and short.  There is a small opening with a nice view of the river and it's quiet.  A great place to listen to the flow of the river and the beat of your heart.  

Site 5: Conference Room

The Conference Room is tucked into the woods a little more than the other sites.  It's right over the river just like all the rest of the sites but the trees like living on that cliff...like a whole bunch.  You can walk to the edge and see the river but it's not the most open view of the river.  I love this site.  It has two old growth stumps from the first harvest ever at Naked Falls.  They tell stories of the Yacolt burn and a lot of hard winters.  A short narrow trail get's you from your car to to the camping area in about 20 steps.

Site 6: Printer Jam

This site is quite large and has the most extensive view of the river.  Great for bigger groups or bigger tents.  This is a chill spot where you can roast marshmallows while watching the flow of the Washougal River 35 ft below.

Site 7: Budget Meeting

This site is not meant for vehicle traffic!  Please do not drive your vehicle onto the site as that has caused damage to the site itself and it needs to recover.

The last site on the road has the longest walk...about 50 yards.  It is also a large space and is the most secluded.  It's the longest distance from river access but also the most private.  The walk down passes an old growth tree that must have fallen decades ago.  It has a huge base and the root structure is about 12 ft tall.  There are a variety of trees that hug this campsite.  If you don't mind the walk, you are sure to dig the vibe at our version of a Budget Meeting.

Site 8: The Slash Pile

Please read this full description before booking.  I'm giving this site a go because I think it's a rather unique experience for the right people.  This site sits up above all the river sites.  It is not on a river but has a river view and view of all the other campsites.  It is surrounded by a slash pile which is the wood debris left over from logging.  You can drive right to it but only if you have 4wd/AWD.  The road is also surrounded by alder trees that might slap the side of your car as you go up so if you are concerned about that, this is not the spot for you.  There is not much shade up there either.  You may want to bring a shade tent.  The site is fairly large and has plenty of room for tents but I don't recommend any trailers or RVs here due to the steep rocky road.  Your walk to the river will be about as long as the walk from site 7.  It will be an easy walk down and a bit of a trek up.  If no one books this site, I will totally understand but It's a cool spot if you are cool with the challenges it presents.

Site 9: Hard Scramble Creek

This site is embedded in the woods and has the most tree cover.  It is even further from the river access than site 8...about a half mile walk.  There is plenty of room but only one way in and out so turning around should be thought out before you set up your tents.  Also, I've seen people pull off trailering large rigs up there but I'm pretty sure it was painstaking.  If you have a large RV or Trailer, I would skip this site.  Smaller trailers and RVs should be fine if you have some experience and patience.   This site is quiet and the sound of the creek is soothing during the day and night. 

 

Site 10: Rock Beach Woods

This site is in the woods along the river near an inviting rock beach that flows into a crystal clear swimming hole.  This site is not behind a gate and day use visitors are allowed to use the trail and access the rock beach.  The rock beach gets less traffic than we have right by Naked Falls but it is part of the day use area.  This is a park and walk site.  Parking is along the main road and you hike in about 50 yards to the campsite.

This is one of the coolest campsites we have.  Literally cooler as it is along the river edge and not along a cliffside like most of the other sites.  Also cooler because it is under deep tree cover with soft mossy terrain.  If you like the sounds of the river, shady woods and very close access to swimming, you will love this site!

Site 11: This One Goes to Eleven!

Situated on the top of the hill, this site has the most impressive views of all the sites!  About a 270 degree view of the surrounding mountain region give you a great vantage point that often includes eagles flying below you, elk across the valley and a variety of other wildlife.  This site is the farthest from the river, civilization and all the other campsites.  If you are looking for something remote and have a 4wd/AWD vehicle, this might be the best site for you.  

Sites 12-19:  All of these sites are right near the West side of the river.  They were designed to accommodate RVs and Trailers.  They are made for one trailer or RV per site or 2 camper vans.  Tents are fine here too.  There is easy in and out access to each site.  It is nearer to the W2000 road and the sites are a bit closer together.  There is still a significant amount of treed space between each site, just not as much as the original campsites.  They each have a fire pit and cleared space for tents along with the graveled area for parking your RV.  The sites are fairly level but not perfect and some leveling may be required depending on the size of your RV.  This area has it's own trail down to the river or you can use the day use trail just a short walk North past the wooden Naked Falls sign.  There are 3 total vehicles allowed at each of these sites (no exceptions) that includes the rv or trailer.  So, truck and trailer count as one and you can have one addition car...or you can have 3 cars if you are car or tent camping.  There is a charge of 10.00 extra for the third vehicle.  No parking is allowed along the W2000 road unless you have a Naked Falls parking pass for day use.

Site 0.  This is the old site 12 that I had closed down.  It is just up the hill from the fork at site 2.  So at the fork near site 2, you will take a left and go up the hill about a quarter of a mile.  It will be on your right hand side before you get to site 8.  This is a large site part way up a hill surrounded by trees about 15 ft high.  Very little shade, so you will want to bring a shade tent in the Summertime.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
20 sites
Up to 12 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 50 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Steppen a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Paddling

When the water is high from Fall to Spring. Experts only.

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Hipcamper Sabrena
Sabrena L.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 11: camper van or tents)
May 23rd, 2022

Overall we had a great experience. Unfortunately, as remote as this spot appeared to be we had 3 vehicles come up to our camp. And we only stayed one night. Some even lingered for a while and the others seemed to think it was fun to drive to all the camp sites. We would suggest a post just outside of the camp that says "Occupied" to deter people from driving up on to your camp site.
The place is gorgeous and quiet overall.

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Hipcamper Allison
Allison C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10: tents only)
May 23rd, 2022

We absolutely loved camping here and the campsite was epic! Loved having a more primitive camping experience!

Hipcamper June

Camping at naked falls

June P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 16: rv or tents)
May 23rd, 2022

I loved camping at Naked Falls! The campsite was clean, and sleeping to the sounds of the river was a DREAM. The site I stayed at (#16) felt nicely spaced from the other campsites. And we were able to fit our tents comfortably. We did have a hard time finding our site since the higher number campsites are before the lowered number campsites. BUT the drive was so beautiful!!! And our host was responsive to all of our questions. This is a great location as it is close to so many fun things to do. 10/10 would book again!

Hipcamper Reed

Beautiful and private

Reed M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4: Camper van/small RV ok)
May 23rd, 2022

Amazing place - second time here. Will be back :)

Hipcamper Taylor
Taylor B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 15: rv or tents)
May 22nd, 2022

Nice sites. Owner clearly cares about development of the camp sites and area. Couldn't ask for a closer trip from PDX.

That being said, not a lot of roamable wilderness. The brush in the area was pretty dense. Our 2 year didn't have much room to roam. Nothing wrong with the area or sites. They were great. But not necessarily suitable for young children.

Hipcamper laura
Laura L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2: Tents only)
May 22nd, 2022

I love camping here, and try to get in before it gets crowded in the summer. We camped at spot 2, right above the falls, which was very secluded and under a dense tree canopy. The falls were looouuuudddd this time of year. My camping partner is an avid hiker, so we went up the hill to see the camps waaay at the top. What an amazing view of the valley and forests. So many delicate wildflowers and spring buds everywhere. The campground was full, but you would never know it.

Hipcamper Esther

Great place gorgeous waterfalls

Esther P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 19: rv or tents)
May 22nd, 2022

The directions were a little confusing at first, but the camp host is working on updating those (don't go to the gate for the RV sites) We were site 19 with a 23 foot camper and 22 foot truck and it fit just fine in the driveway. We only have one door out or camper, and it was facing away from the site, but that wasn't a big deal as it meant our side window was facing the gorgeous view of the tree covered hills! The dogs had a blast swimming in the river and running on the road! It was quiet and felt secluded even though other campers were around.
They were also in the process of creating more trails as well! It's already a lovely place, and is going to be getting even better!

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Hipcamper Brett
Brett B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 16: rv or tents)
May 21st, 2022

Excellent spot. Steppen is extremely hospitable and the scenery is epic. Highly recommend.

Hipcamper Heather
Heather O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3: Camper Van/Small RV Ok)
May 21st, 2022

Beautiful, secluded river side camping. Listening to the falls all night was amazing! Hosts are friendly and take safety precautions.
I like to camp alone with my dogs so this is a plus. They even came by to check on me and see how everything was going! I will definitely go back again.

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