The Landing

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About The Landing

Hipcamp host David
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Welcome to The Landing at Index - located on the South Fork Skykomish River, in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, off of Highway 2. With 16 acres of beautiful, private woods and breathtaking views of Mt. Index, this is a wonderful getaway to kick back and relax after your day of adventures, or just to escape the city rush. The campsite is at the bottom of a Read more...

Welcome to The Landing at Index - located on the South Fork Skykomish River, in the western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, off of Highway 2. With 16 acres of beautiful, private woods and breathtaking views of Mt. Index, this is a wonderful getaway to kick back and relax after your day of adventures, or just to escape the city rush. The campsite is at the bottom of a rugged drive so an SUV or AWD vehicle are recommended, especially during the wetter seasons of Spring and Fall. There is a fire pit, outhouse and large picnic table. Be sure to bring your tent, firewood and water. You might spot some wildlife including deer, eagles, raccoons and salmon running during the Fall. Don't forget your camera and binoculars to take in the awesome views. Local places to hike include Wallace Falls, Sunset Falls, Lake Serene, Bridal Veil Falls, or maybe you like rock climbing, white water rafting, kayaking or fishing. All are available and located just minutes away. A rather peaceful setting, including the rushing sound of the river and the occasional whistle of a train. You will feel refreshed and rejuvenated after you stay at The Landing. Approximately 55 miles east of Seattle and 25 miles west of Steven's Pass.

Fires are allowed
Potable water is not available
Pets are allowed
Off leash
Have a question? Send David a message!
  • Listing type: Private
  • No. of sites: 2
  • Accessible by: Drive
  • Accommodation: Tent Only
  • Check in after: 2PM
  • Check out before: 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: None
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

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Hipcamper Evan

The Landing in Index, WA was incredible! Driving up Highway 2 in Washington is one of the nation's best, but being able to stop on the Skykomish River in the heart of the Cascades and camp on 16 acres of private, riverfront, beach access land is a dream come true. In August the river was low and we were able to swim in the warm waters and practically anywhere along the Landing we wanted to. David the land owner was there doing some bush trimming and showed us all around the 16 acres. There are multiple spots you could pitch a tent, from the wooded sites to on large river banks. David was great and plans to expand the camping sites and locations people can pitch their tents. The outhouse was very clean and nice as well! It really was an amazing break from the city and we will be back as soon as possible!

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Hipcamper Andrew

Beautiful spot on the river. Tons of room. Very nice campsite. Nicest outhouse I've ever seen.

The host was super friendly. Very clear directions and communication.

Can't wait to go back!

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Hipcamper JAMIE

We absolutely loved our time at The Landing! The site was very secluded and overlooked the Skykomish River. It's a very short easy path down to the water. We brought our dogs and they loved it too. The site included a fire pit, charcoal grill, and huge picnic table. There was even a cable hung above the picnic table from tree to tree to hang a tarp in case of rain. And the outhouse was nice but don't forget a flashlight!

A couple things to note:
1. No potable water. Be sure to plan ahead.
2. The driveway from Highway 2 down to the campsite was very rough. Luckily our vehicles included a jeep and a full-size pickup truck.

The host was very communicative and laid-back. We definitely want to make another trip back soon!

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Hipcamper Kayla

The Landing was a spectacular spot for a quick camping trip. The campsite was secluded and quaint, with a gorgeous view of Mt. Index and the surrounding scenery. Alongside the Skykomish river, there were fish and wildlife in abundance.
Amenities include a picnic table, grill, fire pit, and outhouse. There was even a tarp set up in case of rain fall, which I found to be most hospitable. We met our camp host on Saturday and he was an extremely nice fellow.
I would definitely recommend camping here if you get the chance! The Landing is an unbeatable place to spend your vacation.

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Hipcamper Jonathan

This place is awesome. It's pretty quiet and secluded, but it's also relatively close to smaller towns and cities. The site itself is gorgeous; the mountain and the river are in view, and the host provides a few very convenient amenities for use: a tarp already suspended, an outdoor grill area, a fire pit, and an outhouse. Not to mention a fancy sign for the site.

The host himself is very amiable. I emailed him quite a bit, mainly because I had to switch my reservations. He was quick to respond, friendly, and answered all of my questions and concerns.

In the future, I will be booking this site again. I would recommend that if you're thinking about it, just do it. It's pretty great.

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Hipcamper Mollie

We spent one night here, and it was awesome. It was rainy and cool, and our host, Dave, set up a huge tarp over the equally huge picnic table in preparation for our arrival. He also helped us drag over some brush for a fire while giving us a tour of the place, which has some pretty sweet views along the river. Though it was rainy, our tent area was nice and clear and close to the neatly maintained outhouse, and we even managed to keep a fire going in the drizzle thanks to Dave's assistance and advice.

We'd advise caution to those traveling without 4wheel drive, our car had some difficulty going down the path to the site, and definitely going back up! Dave even put down fresh gravel, and we still got stuck, but being the awesome dude that he is, he drove all the way from Seattle with a friend's Jeep to help us, AND brought us lunch to boot!

All in all, the Landing was great, but Dave was even greater. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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Hipcamper Josh

The Landing turned out to be a fantastic choice to get away from life in the city. The space was just right. It felt very secluded with your own personal river and a backdrop of mountain peeks. David, the host, was on the property when I arrived to help me find the right/best spot to stay. I would strongly recommend taking a SUV or AWD vehicle if it has been wet recently. I have a crossover FWD vehicle and got stuck one time right after a day of rain. Overall, was great place for me and the pup to relax and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for their personal 16 acres of freedom. Also, a great coffee hut right down the road on your way out of town.

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Hipcamper Christian

Nice campground and well-maintained outhouse 🙂

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Hipcamper Amber

The Landing was fantastic! We stayed for one night in June. Had an easy time finding the place, it's just between the bridge and coffee spot. The road down is best handled by a vehicle with some clearance but was not difficult to navigate. The property is large enough for a big group but cozy enough that we were comfortable enough as two humans and a pup. The waterfront access and views of the mountain are breathtaking. You can see a few houses but we had no interactions with people and really felt like we had the place to ourselves. The water is a short step downhill from where the owner set up a stone campfire and some seating, as well as a tarp-covered picnic bench and grill. While we worked on the fire I could easily keep an eye on my pup running back and forth from us and the rocky banks. The water was too chilly and quick to swim but I could imagine getting some use out of it later in the summer like other reviews have shown in photos. We car camped close to the water but there was also a decent sized clearing where we could have set up shop. The owner also has a (very clean!) out house set up and stocked with supplies a short distance from camp. Although we didn't meet in person, the owner checked in with us before, upon arrival, and after departure so we felt very taken care of. Best of all the camp site is very close to some prime hiking including beautiful Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls. Would definitely stay again and recommend to friends, particularly anyone looking to get some privacy with a big group!

Hipcamper Dominic

Contender for best campsite... Why? Only ones there on 16acres with river beach and views of Mt index. Dave incredibly helpful and allowed us to stay extra night in new spot he has just opened. We paddle boarded, hiked up to the falls and made s'mores... What more can you ask for. Other comments are correct in needing 4x4 and bringing own water buy amazing place.

Hipcamper Hunter

Great location and love the private campsite

Hipcamper Scott

We had two great days at The Landing. Dave was an amazing host, and he checked in with us a couple times via text to make sure we were doing well. The site itself is on some really beautiful land right beneath the mountains and besides a river. Since we were camping in late April, we were glad that we brought dry wood. We also had a tarp that we were able to hang on the line strung over the picnic table., which helped with the rain. The location is great, only a short drive to nice hikes like Lake Serence and Wallace Falls. We were glad that we had a AWD SUV to get down the road to the site, especially since the road was a bit muddy. All in all, a lovely early season northwest camping experience!

Hipcamper Yanick

Camping at The Landing was fantastic. The spot superb and it truly captures everything there is to love about the Pacific Northwest. Our late-May visit brought us to a bustling river, scenic mountains, and dense foliage. There was a light rain overnight, but the enormous tarp provided ample cover for the massive table and small tent. I wish I stayed longer to check out the nearby hiking, coffee, and brewery.

Hipcamper Andrew

This place has got to be one of the most beautiful campsites I have ever been to! There are two campsites I had the entire place to myself. green forrest that sinks into beautiful river property on the base of mt index and her little glaciers that are left in july! Its really a sight to see! breathtaking. Both sites have a fire pit and are nice but I decided to camp on the beach. I would have probably camped in the forest on the site if i could take it back because it was a bit chilly. I guess i missed the heatwave by just a few days. Dave is such a nice guy holler at him if you need anything! Do yourself a favor dont think twice and press the book button! I would probably recomend to go in august as the water would be calmer and warmer temp but still had an amazing time!

Hipcamper Jenae

I'm almost hesitant to write a positive review because I don't want others to steal our special spot! But yes, it is truly a magical place and Dave is a super communicator. He was even there to greet us and show us around. You DO NEED 4WD as it is a long, steep, narrow logging road to get back to the camp. It is a clean, quiet, well-established site with an amazing picnic table and fire ring with huge log bench. The river is beautiful and life-changing. Mt. Index towers above in all its majesty. The beach area is sweet. You can skip stones all day. The outhouse is super clean with all the amenities (air freshener, lantern, bug spray, and more). We hope to return someday. But let's keep this secret between us Hipcampers. ;) Thanks Dave. Let's stay in touch!

Hipcamper Andrew

The Landing is fantastic! My wife, two kids, and two dogs spent the weekend here and the entire thing was wonderful. The campsite is self is large, and set up really. There is ample space, it was super clean, and the outhouse was great. Also, the access to a wonderful beach with great views is in your campsite!

The other amazing thing about The Landing is David. He's a fantastic host who goes out of his way to make sure everything is great. In fact, he jumped our car off after our battery died! We will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Kari

Such a neat place to camp! The view of the mountains from the beach is incredible. Very dog-friendly, and our two had a great time running around on the beach and swimming in the shallower areas. Nice fire pit and picnic table, and lots of cleared space for tents. Would work well for a larger group as well. We definitely hope to camp here again in the future!

Hipcamper Jennie

What a wonderful place! We had so much fun playing in the river and exploring. Looking forward to our next visit already!! The hosts are fantastic and the campsites were clean and out houses well stocked with necessities. Highly recommend The Landing!

Hipcamper Leilah

Great campsite! It's quiet and secluded and big enough for a large group. The rocky beach is great for relaxing, watching eagles fly past, floating in the cool water, and watching the salmon jump! There is a large fire pit and the cleanest outhouse I've ever seen. It was a great, relaxing spot to get away for the weekend!
The road getting to the campsite is pretty rough - all-wheel drive is recommended, but our friends who came with us managed it fine in their small sedan.
One thing to note - we saw bear scat not far from the campsite, so be bear aware and lock up food in your car at night!

Hipcamper Karin

We adored camping at the Landing! A private site with gorgeous forests on one side, and views of the river and Mount Index on the other. There was a path from our site down to a sandy beach where we could swim in a calm, clear part of the river. The amenities were clean and immaculately maintained. We hated to leave, but will definitely be back as soon as we can!

Hipcamper Carissa

Beautiful place to camp! The swimming hole, views, atmosphere are all perfect. We even saw a bear fishing in the shallow water which was incredible!

Hipcamper Thi

We had a great stay at campsite #2! The site has a fire pit, cooking pit, giant picnic table, ample space for a large tent, and very clean outhouse. There was lots of privacy and a short path down to a beach area right on the river. Our kids loved playing in the sand and the river (though water was still a bit cold for swimming). Dave, the owner, was super responsive to all of our questions. He provided clear instructions to the site, definitively recommend having a 4 wheel drive vehicle since the road to the site is quite rough and bumpy.

Hipcamper Chris

Fantastic campsite. David was very easy to work with - responsive to questions, friendly to chat with, and good local insight and information. The campsite was perfect - beautiful riverside spot with easy access not far from Seattle. We were two families sharing campsite 1 and our elementary school age kids loved it. The pictures are an accurate reflection of the site. Highly recommended and we'll be back!

Hipcamper Wes

Beautiful property! We had 6 kids between 2 families ages 6- 15 months and they loved playing on the beach, throwing rocks, climbing rocks, swimming and floating on the tube. Site #1 has access to a great eddy for swimming that was safe for all. We walked past our site and put the inner tubes in just below some rapids and floated down to the swimming hole. The road to the site is rough and down hill. Our FWD highlander had a bit trouble coming out but was easily remedied by hitting the road kind of hard and not lettingnof the gas, was pretty fun actually. David was friendly and helpful, and the outhouse was the cleanest outhouse I have ever seen, hands down.

Hipcamper tim

We had an amazing stay here. Beautiful river and friendly host. The facilities were delightful, everything was as needed. Couldn't have been better and highly recommended to others!

Hipcamper sarah

This campsite was amazing! As mentioned, 4WD is very useful getting to/from the site. David, the Host, is very kind, communicative and quick to respond to messages. We did bring firewood, though there are plenty of felled trees and branches around if you have an axe with you. The beach area along the river is just a short 2 minute walk from campsite #2 (Where we stayed), and is absolutely gorgeous. We took floaties with us, and spent some time floating on the river. There is a ton of space at each campsite for tents and vehicles, it is very private, and there is a ton of shade. The freeway is just a bit behind the land that we camped on, but we really didn't hear any traffic or noises from it. There are several houses and cabins across the river (from the beach area), which means that area is not private, and there were people out on the other side of the river at all times. Overall, this site is well worth it, and we will DEFINITELY be going back soon!

Hipcamper Alyssa

WOW!! The Landing is one of the most beautiful campsites I've ever had the opportunity to visit in my life. Photos can't do the towering granite spires, rushing river, and soft lush forest justice. Dave has done simply masterful work creating the campsite itself, with a huge table, great fire ring, and flat soft areas to pitch your tent. We were in campsite #1, #2 is great too. I can't wait to come back here... ideally for a week or more. This is a spot you really want to sink into.

The rapids in the river provide for great fun but also be careful as this river is serious and can be dangerous too. We did some paddleboarding which was awesome, we fell a lot though. A tube would have been better. The nearby town of Index is very sweet, the people are so friendly. If you need wifi, a short drive to the town's cafe which only opens for a couple hours from 9am-11am and serves as a community gathering place provides for a great experience.

11/10, can't wait to come back. Thanks Dave!!!

Hipcamper Bill

David is awesome. The campground is fabulous. I highly recommend checking out this site.

Hipcamper Ryan

Truly an amazing camping location!
We spent most of our days on the property swimming, fishing and skipping rocks. But there are plenty of recreational activities away from camp should you choose to go that direction.
Loved the privacy and plan to go back for sure!

Hipcamper Dayna

We had a great stay here..it's a beautiful setting! Very clean outhouse! The kids especially loved it..lots to explore! The host was very communicative. We hope to come back next year when it's less rainy!

Hipcamper Amber

My husband and I just stayed at the landing for the first time and it was AMAZING! The reviews were very helpful for getting us prepared for staying there. As the other reviews state I would recommend a 4wd vehicle as the road is not paved and could get slick in rain and snow. Also the outhouse was well stocked with toiletries and very clean. It is super secluded we never saw the other campers during our stay. We have 2 labs which had a blast swimming and running around without us worrying about disturbing other campers. We rented site 2 which is smaller of the 2 sites but it was perfect for just the / of us. A short walk away is a nice sandy beach. The landing is perfect if you are looking to get away from it all and be surrounded by nature! We will definitely be coming back soon!

Hipcamper Jessica

Such a great place to camp. It's peaceful, with beautiful mountain and river views views all around. The campsite is nicely set up with user friendly seating, grill, fire pit and rope in place for hanging wet laundry or bear bagging food if need be. Great sandy swimming hole and great rocks to lounge on while spotting huge fish swimming by. We had such a great time and it was a perfect place for our dogs to just be free and happy. We will definitely return. Oh, and even the outhouse is nicely setup & maintained!!

Hipcamper Megan

Dave was so friendly, responsive and informative. We ended up not being able to stay the night but we're able to enjoy The Landing for the day with our two kids (both under 2). Dave's directions were easy to follow and the campsite was clean, spacious and welcoming. The signs were such a nice, homey touch. We had the best day escaping from Seattle and technology and just sitting near the river skipping rocks and watching the salmon swimming upstream. We will definitely be back next summer to stay the whole weekend. Thanks so much Dave.

Hipcamper Alex

The Landing is a beautiful little spot. I'll echo what others have said about the great condition of the campsite and outhouse. In case it's unclear from the photos, there are several houses across the river from the campsite (we stayed at site 2) that are not entirely obscured by trees, so if you're looking for complete privacy this may not be the place for you. It was perfect for our purposes though. Happy camping!

Hipcamper Kara

David was awesome and super helpful at communicating directions. One of the most beautiful hiking spots I've stayed at. Plan on going back there! Enjoy it :+)

Hipcamper lindsay

We had a wonderful time at the landing! It was a beautiful spot, right in front of the water and surrounded by the woods. The campfire set up was perfect with both a rock fire pit to sit around at night and a metal pit for a cooking stovetop. We were even more impressed by the outhouse which had hand sanitizer and toilet paper and very clean! I'd love to come back again and stay longer next time! And thank you to the owner for such quick responses when we needed directions, helped so much!

Hipcamper Jeremy

This is a fantastic campsite. We really enjoyed how secluded it felt and our dogs could run around without the worry of bothering others. The fire pit, huge bench and picnic table were very pleasant. Unfortunately, we had some terrible weather but the cable over the table and proximity of trees allowed us to cover the entire area with tarps.

A word of advice, the road down is pretty steep and rough in some areas. Luckily, we had two cars because our friend's Prius could not make the trip down. We ended up parking one car at the top and shuttling gear with my Jeep.

Overall, we can't wait to come back when the weather is nicer so we can enjoy the beach.

Hipcamper Jonathan

Mountains!!! (I was considering leaving that single word and punctuation as my entire review) Views of the surrounding Mountains from the river are spectacular. For site 2: There's the nicest outhouse I've ever used with a view, a fire pit, a cooking fire pit with hanging pot holder and skillet holder, plenty of fire wood, a giant picnick table and a flat woodchipped area for tents. The area is very wet, so I recommend bringing plenty of dry kindling to get the wet wood, which is provided, started.

Property
Index, WA . Skykomish River
State
Washington
$75/night
Tent Only: 2 Sites