Bring your van, trailer or RV to the arboretum on our Christmas tree farm.  No TENTS.  Bathrooms not provided.  Beautiful view of the mountains and forests here in western Washington.  Close to Mount St. Helens and Mt. Rainier and several lakes.  Walking trails all around the site.  Picnic table and fire pit supplied.  Trail has a view of the Tilton River, which can be reached
Bring your van, trailer or RV to the arboretum on our Christmas tree farm.  No TENTS.  Bathrooms not provided.  Beautiful view of the mountains and forests here in western Washington.  Close to Mount St. Helens and Mt. Rainier and several lakes.  Walking trails all around the site.  Picnic table and fire pit supplied.  Trail has a view of the Tilton River, which can be reached via a 3/4 mile trail.  Sites are on 10 acres planted with many different species of trees that are about 15 years old.  There is fairly good screening between sites.  Sites have no water or power.  Water is available on the farm, about 1/2 mile away, near the farm entrance.  Drone flying is allowed.
RV only area
Vans, trailers, RVs
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
Pull-through site, max length 60ft
No toilet
No hookups
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

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Hipcamper Evan
Evan K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 30th, 2017

Whether you're roadtripping through Washington or looking to explore Mount Rainier National Park, The Arboretum at Bear Canyon West is the perfect stop. Situated in the heart of the Burres' expansive Christmas Tree Farm, the Arboretum is full of diverse plant and bird life, making for a peaceful and private meadow to set up camp. A picnic table, fire ring, cooking grate, and pile of firewood is included. Beautiful views of the mountains and river abound, and the camp host Barb was able to give us plenty of ideas for hikes and recreation in the area. When the sun went down we were treated to clear starry skies with hardly any light pollution to go along with the birds' songs. Can't wait to come back in the summer to explore Mount Rainier and swim in Riffe Lake! Thanks to Barb for the awesome stay. PS: if you have a drone, bring it! Barb is excited about making the farm extra drone-friendly.

When you see the sign for Bear Canyon West Tree Farm off of Highway 508, you're in the right place. Take a right and head down the gravel road towards the big red barn.Camping at the Arboretum offers the true Northwest Experience: foggy mountains, lush greenery, evergreens, and wildlife.Elwha peeking out through the trees.We loved how much space we had in the clearing, while at the same time being surrounded by the diverse trees of the Arboretum.
Hipcamper Cora
Cora D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 30th, 2017

A truly lovely, peaceful spot. The RV spots are well maintained and relatively level - walking around barefoot was no problem! The area is quiet (minus some noisy neighborhood roosters). The trees, mountain views and stars at night were awe-inspiring. Truly! The owners were friendly and thoughtful.

Hipcamper Julia
Julia W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 24th, 2017

We had a great experience camping at the Arboretum! Our hosts were very kind and welcoming and showed us to the site when we arrived. It's a nice large private area with a fire pit, picnic table and plenty of firewood. There is also a trail on the property down to a beautiful river which we greatly enjoyed!! The first day we went to hike in Mount Rainer National Park, which was just 35 minutes drive away. The second day we decided to stay at the arboretum and hike down to the river so we could experience the outdoors without crowds or tourists. Would definitely recommend!

hike to the river!Camp site
Hipcamper Michael

A wonderful experience

Michael D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 8th, 2019

This site was fantastic for a group. The multiple sites cater well to privacy but would also serve well for an extended group of family or friends to gather around a fire or have meals, but then also have privacy around their own campsite. Very nice layout, excellent hosts. Wonderful communication. And very well kept up. The table with decor, clean fire pit and grate were very much appreciated. We would definitely come again!

Hipcamper Heather
Heather B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2017

Our group (2 RVs and one tent) had a fabulous stay at The Arboretum over Memorial Day weekend. Barb & Terry are wonderful hosts and provided directions before we arrived. The Arboretum is located in a Christmas tree farm and the hosts have cleared out three lovely campsites among the trees. Our group all fit in to one site with a great fire pit, picnic table and seemingly endless supply of free fire wood! It's a beautiful, relaxing spot with acres to explore or if you prefer, just hang out by the campfire. I highly recommend a visit to the Arboretum and we are already planning a return trip!

Getting ready to leave in the morning.  Such a great roomy campsite - even with two RV's, we had plenty of room.Headed home!A perfect spot to relax for kids of all ages.Another lovely evening at the Arboretum.
Hipcamper Trevor
Trevor D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 25th, 2017

We had a great time! Private space, with beautiful trees all around. The owners were responsive to our questions, and were very welcoming. We will be back!

Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2017

The Arboretum is incredible! Secluded, lot of space for the site itself and the farm is very spacious. Walking trails, river and mountain views, firewood and grill grate, this place has it all (minus a bathroom, heads up!). We easily fit three tents with plenty of extra space. Thank you Barb & Terry for the best camping spot we've found!

Hipcamper Desiree
Desiree G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 6th, 2017

This was our first hipcamp experience and we loved it. Owners were friendly. Campsites have good privacy; 3 total. There were other campers there at the same time as us and we weren't really aware of them which was great. Please note that "self contained", for the purposes of this place, means "you are in a vehicle that has a bathroom." "Self contained" does not mean "tent." Owner states that very clearly in the listing but people seem to have trouble understanding it.

Hipcamper Thom
Thom K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 22nd, 2017

Beautiful spot, right near Rainier NP. I would definitely reccomend this spot.

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