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Overview

Ohanapecosh Campground, nestled in the southeastern side of Mount Rainier National Park in the state of Washington, offers a picturesque setting for camping among old-growth forests. The campground is situated at an elevation of around 1,914 feet (583 meters) and is often less crowded than other campgrounds in the park, providing a more serene experience.

Location and Access

Route: The campground is accessible via State Route 123, which runs north to south on the eastern side of the park.

Address: Ohanapecosh Campground Mount Rainier National Park Washington, USA

Camping Season and Reservations

Season: The camping season typically runs from late May to early October, but it is subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Reservations: Reservations for campsites at Ohanapecosh Campground can be made in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis as well.

Campsites and Facilities

Campsites: Ohanapecosh has over 180 campsites available for tents, RVs, and trailers. The campground does not offer hookups, but each site typically includes a picnic table, fire ring, and food storage locker.

Facilities:

  • Flush toilets
  • Potable water
  • Ranger station with exhibits and information
  • Amphitheater for ranger-led programs
  • Access to trails

Activities and Attractions

Hiking: The campground is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding trails, including the Ohanapecosh Hot Springs, Grove of the Patriarchs, and Silver Falls.

Nature Exploration: Visitors can enjoy the old-growth forest and the nearby river, as well as a variety of plant and animal life.

Ranger Programs: During the peak season, rangers often host educational programs at the amphitheater within the campground.

Regulations and Safety

Firewood: To prevent the spread of invasive species, purchase or obtain local firewood near the park.

Wildlife: Proper food storage is required and feeding wildlife is prohibited to maintain the safety of both visitors and animals.

Pets: Pets are allowed in the campground but must be on a leash at all times and are not permitted on certain trails.

Make a Reservation and Plan Ahead

Before planning your trip, visit the official Mount Rainier National Park website or the National Recreation Reservation Service to check for any alerts, make reservations, and familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the campground to ensure a safe and pleasant visit.

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