Hipcamp host Jane
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Camp out on the bank of Speelyai Creek in the beautiful Pacific North West. Only two miles from two huge lakes (Merwin and Yale) great for kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. Try your hand at spelunking with a short 15 minute drive to the Ape Caves. Also plenty of hiking and sightseeing around Gifford Pinchot National Forest with amazing views of Mount St. Helens! Only an Continue reading...

Camp out on the bank of Speelyai Creek in the beautiful Pacific North West. Only two miles from two huge lakes (Merwin and Yale) great for kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. Try your hand at spelunking with a short 15 minute drive to the Ape Caves. Also plenty of hiking and sightseeing around Gifford Pinchot National Forest with amazing views of Mount St. Helens! Only an hour drive from Portland and two and a half from Seattle.

There are two tent campsites on the property.  They are both down a short trail from the upper gravel parking area.   Your gear will need to be carried down and back out.  The half bath is near the parking area in what we call the "bunkhouse."  This is a sort of rec room for all our guests.  Inside is a couch, board games, TV, and coffee pot for you to use during your stay.  There is also potable and filtered drinking water.  We do close the bunkhouse at night from 10pm-8am.  There is a small porta-potty down the hill to use at night.  Each tent campsite has seating, a hammock, stone fire ring, and a small supply of wood for burning.  Bonus: Free fresh farm eggs for all our happy campers. :-)

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
2 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
Potable water available
Pump or well
No fires
Toilet available
Portable toilet
Pets allowed
On leash
No showers
Bath in river or stream
Bins available
Trash bin
No picnic table
Wifi available
RV hookup available
RV sanitation available
Have a question? Send Jane a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: None
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching
Horseback riding
Wind sports
OHV
Surfing

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Hipcamper Dave
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We loved staying here! The hosts are wonderful. A few important things to understand before you book. Nothing bad, just understand the site and what to expect:
1. When you arrive, you'll be on an upper gravel-paved area with some buildings and a storage container. If you plan to car camp, you'll be up here close to a somewhat busy road.
2. HOWEVER, if you are tent camping, a short walk down the hill gets you to a wonderful oasis along a beautiful forested stream, complete with beaver dams. While there is still some road noise down here, it's no big deal and the sounds of birds and frogs and rushing water more than compensate. There's a campfire ring and we were provided with free firewood, plenty enough for roasting marshmallows.
3. RESTROOM: The toilet is in a small closet in a small building also used as a bunk house for the host's friendly children. It is a normal toilet, but there is no water feeding into it - a bucket of fresh water is awaiting for you to pour into the toilet when you have done your business, causing a flushing action. Easy, just don't be surprise by this setup. The bathroom was clean, and we had no issues with this setup. No sink, you'll have to wash up on your own unless you hear otherwise from the hosts.
3. The hosts have a wonderful young family of friendly kids. They will be happy to chat with you, if you are friendly (and you should be friendly!). They have two cute bunnies and some chickens, and are a great bunch of kids.
4. The hosts themselves are great people. They just arrived on this site last year, and are doing some really great things to improve it. Chat with them about their projects.

We thank them for their hospitality, and wish them the best of luck with HipCamp!

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Hipcamper Jane
Response from Jane, the Host, on July 27th, 2018

So glad to have had you as our first hipcamper! We've definitely learned a lot the past two months. We now have running water to the bunkhouse and have added a porta-potty down the hill for nighttime use. Thank you so much for your helpful review!

Hipcamper Brittany
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When we arrived, we were so surprised and amazed to be greeted by not only our two amazing hosts, but their FIVE kiddos, who all comfortably and willingly have built their home in a bus, and converted their nearby cabin-style sheds into awesome living spaces for everyone to spread out and be happy. We were reassured that campers would be able to have the lower creekside area (where the campsite is) quiet and secluded during a stay. The lower creekside campsite(s) are beautiful; spacious, clean and set right along the creekside. The sun was setting during our setting up, and the light during sunset turned the whole space golden. Hammocks, chairs and fire rings are already set up..this place was perfect!

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Hipcamper Kari
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This is a great location for exploring all that the Mt St Helens area has to offer! We enjoyed the opportunity to relax in one of two hammocks by the creek, have a campfire and visit with the owners, their kids and animals.

Hipcamper Shawna
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Beautiful creekside location and so close to the Ape Caves and Lava Canyon! The host family is an absolute delight and ready to answer any questions you have about the area and make your experience wonderful. We will definitely be back as guests at this campsite as there is no way we could do all the areas adventures in one weekend and the camping spot was spectacular!

Hipcamper Eric
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The hosts were incredibly helpful and the campsites are located in a beautiful area next to a stream. I would definitely recommend others come here, but in order to help make this a better experience for everyone, I do have a few things I would like to share as feedback for the hosts and as things to keep in mind for potential campers.

1. There is a lot of road noise. The camp sites are down a small hill which blocks out some of the noise, but there are a lot of loud vehicles on this road and the sites are pretty close to the road.. The stream noise and frogs are a great distraction but, just axpect it to be loud at times. I was not very bothered by this, but this is something that should be clear on the listing. However, it is relatively quiet at night time.

2. There are going to be a lot of kids. There were kids running around and yelling the whole time and often playing right next to the camp site. Both sites are close together and the other campers had kids as we. This did get a little annoying at times, but mostly no big deal. My advice here is to level it as being a kid friendly place and have everyone expect to potentially have kids in their camp site.

3. The bathroom as available at the top of the hill, but kind of wakward to use as it is in a kids play house where the kids often were. It also closes at 9pm which we didn't expect. Just come prepared to maybe not have the bathroom accessible as you would like. Recommendation to the hosts to maybe have another option down below. Or some kind of bathroom separate from the kids.

4. There is a lot of wood around and lots of wood provided, but a lot of it is hard wood that doesn't seem to burn very easily. Youay want to bring some of your own wood depending on how much cooking you'll be needing and how many fires you want to have.

Overall this place is great! It's a beautiful area, the hosts are super nice and accommodating and I would recommend coming here. I also had a great time and got mostly what I expected. There may just be better terrible options if you're looking for a remote, peaceful getaway.

Hipcamper Jane
Response from Jane, the Host, on May 28th, 2018

Thanks for staying with us this weekend and the helpful tips! We will be working on adding an outhouse down the hill for easier access. We do keep the kids up top with us and out of view of campsites while hosting, although they do play hard and enjoy meeting the campers. :-) We hope to see you back again when you are in the area!

Hipcamper Eric
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Thank you so much for your hospitality. We will definitely be back!!

Hipcamper Alex
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The hosts were great. Beautiful spot!

Hipcamper Steven
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Picture of creekside retreat was accurate for tent camping and the RV hookups were right off the road up a small hill on the gravel parking pad. We enjoyed our stay. Rabbits and chickens in the yard.

Property
Quiet forest near Mt St Helens
State
Washington
$25/night
2 Sites