Campgrounds in the Southern Cascade Mountains of Washington

by Shaunta Alburger
Camping in the Southern Cascade Mountains is a spectacular experience.

Camping in the Southern Cascade Mountains is a spectacular experience.

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The Southern Cascade Mountains in Washington state offer a multitude of camping opportunities for all but the coldest months. Whether you intend to tent camp or travel by RV, you'll find a location in this area to suit your needs. Camping in the Southern Cascade Mountains puts you in the middle of forests and mountains where you can hike and explore.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is in the Southern Cascade Mountains of Washington. Forty percent of this national forest is divided into eight wilderness areas open to campers and hikers. The only way to travel into this area is by foot or by horse. Overnight camping is allowed in the Alpine Lakes area of the forest. The other seven sections are for day trips only.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Gifford Pinchot National Forest is near Lake Trout, Washington. The camping area is in a stand of mixed conifer trees, mostly Douglas firs, with cedar and hemlock. The campgrounds are open Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. The 21 sites are for both RVs and tents. Each site has a table and grill. Bathroom and shower facilities are not available. There are, however, hand-pumped water spigots.

Camping Near Cle Elum

Cle Elum in the Southern Cascade Mountains has several opportunities for camping within 25 miles of town. For a dude ranch camping experience, check out Hidden Valley Ranch. Visit any of a number of tent or RV camping sites around Cle Elum for a more rustic experience. Iron Horse and Lake Easton state parks both offer campgrounds and amenities. The Cle Elum district of the Wentachee National Forest has 25 group campgrounds.

Brooks Memorial Park

Brooks Memorial Park is on 700 acres, and is open for campers March through November with 22 tent sites and 23 utility sites, a dump site and a restroom with two showers. A group camp can accommodate up to six RVs and 20 to 50 campers. Campers are asked not to bring firewood from outside the region, as it may contain diseases and pests that will threaten the native trees.

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