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Old 02-26-2019, 03:16 PM   #1
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Olympic National Park

Where to camp inside of, or outside of mid-September? Would be coming from Cape Disapointment at Long Beach Peninsula.
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Salt Creek Rec near Port Angeles
The Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic has a campground
Around Sequim over to Port Townsend are wonder state parks, national forest, and other public parks such as Dungeness Rec Area. There are also plenty of RV parks. Fort Worden on the beach is very nice and you can easily do Hurricane Ridge from there.

http://www.campgroundreviews.com/reg...hington/sequim
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Another vote here for Salt Creek Recreation Area. The sites were a bit too close together for our taste, but the view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca certainly made it worthwhile. Olympic is hard to visit using just one base camp, but Salt Creek worked out well for us. If we return to Olympic, we'd stay there again in a heartbeat.


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Your profile says your rv is 19ft. You should be able to access almost all of the Nat Park CG's. How do you like to camp?? Full hook-ups, boondocking (dispersed), or anything!!?

We were there last Sep, stayed at Kalaloch CG for 4 nights, great spot, close in sites mostly. Right on a beautiful beach. No hookups, but water spigots, and a dump station. Spent 3 nights at Salt Creek, not in the "premium" sites overlooking the sound, but in the older wooded dry section. Was a great place. Then hit a couple of NF sites heading south on 101. Be prepared for rain, if you're not aware of the weather there!! We never had hard nasty rain, but almost everyday of our 2 week trip had some wet to it!!

Looked at a lot of CG's when roaming around, some nice small ones along the road to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Wet, dark, quiet and beautiful. Too small for our 34ft trailer and EX. Bogacheil State Park south of Forks is easy access, but small also. Does have some water/elec sites. Mostly used for overnights as right along highway. Another neat NF site is Klahowya CG east of Beaver. Small, tight spots, with an open area for larger units. There are 3 elec sites in the center, also designated for disabled (useable if open!). Again, dark, wet, and secluded.

As a word to the wise, on 101 there is a narrow bridge going over the Hoh River just before the road to the rain forest center. You DON'T want to meet a log truck on the bridge!!! Look across before you hit it!!!
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FYI: The western side is a rain forest. The eastern side is a lot drier... Sequim, Port Townsend.
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We stayed 3 days at Graves Creek, a NF campground (no hook ups) at the end of the road into the Quinalt rain forest (IIRC about 18 miles in) great hiking from that point through old growth forests. In late August it was drizzly a couple hours each day but warm. A poncho is your friend on the trail. We checked out Salt Creek Campground it was full so that night we stayed at Lyre River instead(Free, no hook-ups) about 10 miles west of Salt Creek.
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WA State DNR campsites

DNR=Dept. of Natural Resources. They manage the state forest lands, and have a terrific attitude toward recreation. Their campsites are free (but require the "Discover Pass" that the state legislature imposed on park users when they essentially 'zero-funded' the state parks system. The pass is $10/day or $30/year. It can be purchased on line from WA State Parks Dept. or from numerous vendors on arrival.

To check out the DNR sites on the Olympic Peninsula, go to:

https://www.dnr.wa.gov/OlympicPeninsula

No reservations; all sites are first-come, first serve. There is a cluster along the Hoh River that is priceless, and another on the Straits called Lyre River (off Hwy 112) that is exceptional. Your 19-footer will be easy access.
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Your profile says your rv is 19ft. You should be able to access almost all of the Nat Park CG's. How do you like to camp?? Full hook-ups, boondocking (dispersed), or anything!!?

We were there last Sep, stayed at Kalaloch CG for 4 nights, great spot, close in sites mostly. Right on a beautiful beach. No hookups, but water spigots, and a dump station. Spent 3 nights at Salt Creek, not in the "premium" sites overlooking the sound, but in the older wooded dry section. Was a great place. Then hit a couple of NF sites heading south on 101. Be prepared for rain, if you're not aware of the weather there!! We never had hard nasty rain, but almost everyday of our 2 week trip had some wet to it!!

Looked at a lot of CG's when roaming around, some nice small ones along the road to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Wet, dark, quiet and beautiful. Too small for our 34ft trailer and EX. Bogacheil State Park south of Forks is easy access, but small also. Does have some water/elec sites. Mostly used for overnights as right along highway. Another neat NF site is Klahowya CG east of Beaver. Small, tight spots, with an open area for larger units. There are 3 elec sites in the center, also designated for disabled (useable if open!). Again, dark, wet, and secluded.

As a word to the wise, on 101 there is a narrow bridge going over the Hoh River just before the road to the rain forest center. You DON'T want to meet a log truck on the bridge!!! Look across before you hit it!!!
Some good info here, THANKS! As to style of camping- our TT is basically a hard-sided tent. Spend minimal time inside.
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For Hoh Rain Forest, kalaloch is right on the ocean, an hour away. Sol Duc has campsites but you need to check and see if they are open, that's way north. Salt Creek is a wonderful campground. Elwah RV park is good. And for Port Townsend I recommend the fairgrounds.
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