Dalles Campground

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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Chinook Pass Hwy.
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Reservations: 877-444-6777
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GPS: 47.0683, -121.5772

Last Price Paid: $20
Number of Sites: 45
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: May-Sept.
Elevation: 2142 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Nathan @ Wand'rly

14 Volkswagen Bus, Champagne Edition, Riviera Campwagen
290 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 22

Nathan @ Wand'rly would stay here again

“Tragedy made enjoying this park difficult...”

Reviewed Aug 03, 2015

Overall Rating

We were cheating on our spot over at La Wis Wis as the Lady and I snuck away from the rest of the family to spend a night with some friends from Seattle. We'd initially hoped to stay in White River, but showing up on a Saturday is like trying to eat bacon with invisible chop sticks, so we hiked around awhile and started heading north in search of some national forest.

It took us three or four campgrounds before we found the last spot at Dalles. In a previous review of La Wis Wis, I spoke of big old growth trees. That is nothing compared to this place. Nearly every Douglas-fir here is a few hundred years old.

The highway runs very near the non-river spots, which were--as usual--the best, but aside from the noise of everyone racing back and forth from civilization to Mt. Rainier, this place would be a real winner.

Take a few beers or a picnic down to the water and watch the sun set over the White River, or just marvel at the size of the trees as you toss a frisbee around, whatever you want to do man, it's your weekend.

As you enter the park there's a sign for a 9.5' diameter Doug-fir. A 1,000 year old tree.

We were all eager to check it out...and then sadder than a kitten with no tail to see that it had been felled.

Some human, some forest service manager who decided that it would be better to cut down something that had survived fire and logging and wind for a century than to simply close a couple of campsites, well, he won out the day in destroying one of the few remaining trees of this size and age. I'm sure he thought it was for a good reason. Keeping people safe. Keeping the campground open.

Whatever the thought process, it's a true tragedy and I would rather see a few families find another place to camp than to have put this tree to the ground just so we could score the last spot on a Saturday.

If you don't care as much about such things, though, you may find it incredibly enjoyable, particularly if none of Mt. Rainier proper is available.

No service here, either, FYI.

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • pets


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