Our 40-acre campground is adjacent to our main sustainability research center. It is completely isolated from the world at large. Our forest is located in a transitional zone where you'll see Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine growing side by side among century-old oak trees. From here you can tube the wild Klickitat, hike the alpine slopes of Mt. Adams or windsurf the Columbia.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 50% off
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Scenic biking is available along the Klickitat River (3 miles away)
Campground is 3 miles from the Klickitat River with excellent salmon and steelhead fishing
There are two 17 mile hiking trails that terminate 3 miles from the campground
There's year-round skiing at Timberline Lodge (80 miles away)
There's a 17 mile Class 3 run on the Klickitat River that puts in at Liedl Campground and exits 3 miles from the campground
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Natural features you'll find at Sustainability Research Co-op in Washington.
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Unique destination for camping!
Cool location in what is effectively a commune. Adjacent to the commune is a natural burial forest. The host, Walt, was very helpful in identifying hikes and providing a history of both the area, as well as the practices of the facility.
1st Camper Review ~ The Windward Forest
I had stayed in this area of Washington State and was specifically looking for a place to explore more of it. Booking:
A breeze as always with the HipCamp platform. Once the Host confirmed my questions, I was booked in minutes - 1st camper discount is applied at final checkout.
I fired off some questions to Walt via the HipCamp site to confirm a couple things prior to hitting the road. Walt was quick to respond (within 15 mins). Walt answered my questions and informed me of a fire ban. (good safety detail), this allowed me to verify my Biolite stove would be ok to use. Walt requested a call when I crossed a certain bridge in order to arrange to meet me on arrival.
Walt clarified a GPS issue with directions, super accurate.
Walt was waiting when I pulled in, greeted me with a smile and a "Hello Jeff" (small thing, but a host who can't recall your name - meh?) I found Walt to be pleasant, a phenomenal conversationalist, knowledgeable in a wide array of topics, and able to toss in a good joke smack dab in the middle of a conversation without missing a beat.
When pulling into The Windward Forest - you pull up to a blue & white trailer where you meet your Host, Walt. As you pull up and park your eye will be drawn to several structures, workshop, living quarters, shipping containers, large pallet sized plastic containers, etc. all this is part of the Windward Research Project and more information can be found at windward.org
The campsite itself had a nice open air Adirondack shack that sleeps several people. A fire pit a few feet away (burn ban though, so I was not ale to use it), & surrounding the pit were half log benches. As you drive into the site (yes, you can park beside it) there is a dual chemical pit toilet (one stall was nailed shut and unavailable) and 75+/- yards away was a propane shower building with 2 stalls. There were additional structures on property; a rain barn with several old couches, propane stoves, & potable water spigot for camper use. A welcome shack & crafts shack were close by the barn.
Walt had discussed with me a venture his organization was undertaking with natural burial sites as an alternative to peoples current options and large end of life expenses. He described a site he was working on for the parents of Emma, a young lady who had passed recently before realizing her dream of living in the Pacific NW. He shared she was from NY state, something we had in common, and on Saturday morning as I was hiking the property, Walt hollered and asked if I would assist him with some site prep for Emma's resting place. I was honored to do what little I could, both for Emma and to lend a hand to Walt with a bit of physical labor. May Emma rest in peace beneath the Cherry tree Walt is planting to inter her ashes where she will over look a small open glen.
THE RESEARCH CENTER:
Walt informed me that one of his interns was waiting to meet me and show me the research centers animals; sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, all raised and cared for to sustain the research center employees, residents, and guests. Hannah & Opelyn gave me a brief tour through the area and an up close meet and greet with some piglets.
This ongoing experimentation with community building in a sustainable fashion as an alternative to what modern day society has evolved and established is an interesting perspective on the human condition and worthy of some consideration. I'm not sure if Walt has found the right recipe, but he is clearly true to his vision in his persistency.
Again, keep working, low cost, & sustainable in mind. The structures are solidly built, however, they do show there wear and tear form years of use. This would be an ideal place for those who love to get outdoors, but also have a passion for improving where they've been. Walt and his team would always welcome a helping hand or two!
Thank you Walt and Windward for the experience, a place to hang my tent, and the honor of assisting in a very small way with Emma's site.
Let's Go People - GEToffTHE-B10PATH ! Jeff S.
*Reviews of anything, as always, are subjective and in the eye or mind of the beholder so to speak. My reviews are based on attributes I value and believe other HipCampers will find valuable in making their own choices and decisions.
Ultimately, experiencing a place, a thing, or a person is your own best test - after all - You know Yourself best!
Our host, Walt, was super great at communicating with us ahead of time and meeting us upon arrival at camp. The directions were accurate and got us there without an issue. The property is huge and if you get there before dark you can get a little tour of the property- Walt will show you where the bunkhouse is, outhouses, and the shower. If you are wanting to pitch a tent, he can even suggest some good spots for you to set up. The bunk house is super fun- you are exposed to the outdoor elements and in front of it is a super rad little bon fire pit. We didn’t make a fire, but we did sit around and sing songs for what felt like hours. The view of the stars and Milky Way is phenomenal out here. We even saw a couple shooting stars!
We awoke to a lovely sunrise, turning the forest into an orange glow around us. We made coffee and went for a walk around the property. It was a lovely morning. Very tranquil and restful area. There are several outhouses on the property, they’re all super nice and the showers are these little outside huts, where there are two shower stalls that are inclosed and private and two that are out in the open if you want to shower right there in nature. There are also a good bit of picnic tables available, so don’t worry able not having enough room for people if you have a big group coming! We set up and had some tea and snacks while playing chess.
This place is so peaceful, we really loved learning more about the Research projects they do here at The Windward Forest. One is the natural burial services they offer. Walt told us about one they are working on for a couple that wants to be buried shoulder to shoulder and showed us how that works out. It is such a sweet thing to be able to do and we loved the natural process of it all. Once you are buried there, they plant a tree over your grave and it seemed that everyone chose a tree special to them. The whole process is super wonderful.
- Don’t arrive late - your host will meet you upon arrival and show you the grounds and where the bunk house is or where to set up your tent and where the bon fire pits are located.
- There are extremely nice outhouses (several) located on the property
- There are also showers available - including indoor and outdoor showers
- Scenery was a lovely forest- secluded; quiet
- Can take a good morning walk through the woods on the property
- Super cool bunkhouse and fire pit area
Sweet open air sleeping structure
This is an interesting site in the Klickitat high and dry lands. It was a new experience for us to sleep open air, and this was a great first try. Walt is an accommodating host. The kids loved checking out the goats and other structures on the property. A picnic table would have been helpful but otherwise sweet little spot.
Wow. Walt and his team are doing some amazing things to help support the community and the planet on their property! Walt is an fantastic host and shared with us some fascinating information about the efforts that they are successfully undertaking. The land they are on is vast, versatile, and beautiful. There is lots of space for privacy and some good off-grid amenities for a comfortable camping experience. I highly recommend a stay here if you appreciate nature and good people doing great things!
This was just a day trip, but Walt treated us as if we were family and staying for a week. He met us down the road a ways and escorted us in to ensure we found the property, and he was a fountain of fascinating information as he gave us a tour of Herland Forest. The property itself is beautiful, fringed by mossy white oaks. A special place that has been tended and grown with immense care and sensitivity to sustainable living, thoughtfully integrated with the landscape. I look forward to returning to stay.