Campground: Big Creek

 

A map depicting trails in the Sawtooth area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity.

A map depicting trails in the Sawtooth area within the Cowlitz Valley vicinity. Sites include: Allen Mountain Trail #269, Big Creek Campground, Big Creek Trail #252, Cave Creek Trail #255, Greenwood Lake Trail #253, High Rock Trail #266, Osborne Mountain Trail #250, Silver Creek Trail #258, Teeley Creek Trail #251.


Area Status: Closed
Picture of Big Creek Campground

This beautiful campground set in a wooded area close to the west entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park is a great getaway for a camping trip.  

Big Creek Campground is a single-loop campground located close to the west entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park. It is also close to Glacier View Wilderness and the Sawtooth Trail system including High Rock Lookout Trail #266.  Some sites overlook Big Creek. The lush vegetation provides good privacy between sites. 

Picture of Big Creek Falls

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/23/2022: Opening date is not known. For further information contact Rocky Mountain Recreation 661-702-1420 or visit Recreation.gov. Make reservations on Recreation.gov up to 6 months in advance. *Some first come first serve sites are available.
Reservations: Reservations may be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees:
  • Camping: Single Site/$22, Double Site/$40
  • Extra Vehicle: $8
Open Season: Late May/early June - 9/18/2022
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Maximum vehicle length 24-40 feet.
Closest Towns: Elbe, WA; Packwood, WA
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: 50% discount for single site camping fee with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access.
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

From Ashford, Washington travel east on State Highway 706 for approximately 2.5 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 52 (Kernahan Road). Follow Forest Road 52 for 1.9 miles and arrive at the campground on your right. 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Each site has a pedestal grill. The campground requires vehicles to have a relatively tight turning radius. Some parking spurs are paved; others are native moss and dirt.

No. of Sites 26 single site(s), 3 double site(s)
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

The campground requires vehicles to have a relatively tight turning radius.

No. of Sites 27
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov
Pavement Type for Parking Native Material or Asphalt
Hookup - Water No
Size Restrictions 22'
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Corrals 22'

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing in nearby Skate Creek. See Washington State fishing regulations.

Fish Species Brook trout

Picnicking

Picnicking in camp sites is available for a fee.

Amenities

Camping trailer: space length 24-40'
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Parking:
Toilets:
Accessible:
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.736040

  Longitude : 
-121.970311

  Elevation : 
1800'