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Washington State Campground Report!

This post finds us visiting a few choice campgrounds in Washington State. First up is Rainbow Falls State Park near Chehalis.

Wrapping up my respite in Oregon, I rambled down to the beach to watch my last pacific sunset for some time.

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It was well worth it. I couldn't pick a favorite picture so here are seven.

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OK, enough of that.

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Rainbow has 47 sites plus two horse camps.

19, 32, and 41 are good examples.

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The falls do not fall far.

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A ranger told me that a flood several years ago leveled the river a tad.

Back at camp it was time to whip up another batch of tacos.

Fred, my new puppy, loves tacos and was very excited.

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Not sure about the cheese dip sticker.

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He also enjoys playing hide and seek in the cilantro.

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Finally dinner was ready and Fred dug in.

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I decided to mess with him and added a bunch more hot sauce.

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The next eight state parks I visited were all in the southern Puget Sound region.

First up was Potlatch.

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It's 72 sites are near the west shore of the Hood Canal.

I liked 18 and 20 in the lower loop and 74 in the upper one.

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The day use area is right on the water and if you wake up early enough, it offers a nice sunrise view.

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Twanoh was right around the corner.

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There are 46 sites with a nifty creek running alongside.

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That much green requires a lot of water and mother nature has been most obliging, dumping buckets full almost daily. I looked forward to crossing the Cascade Mountains where the eastern side had been in the 70's with abundant sunshine. Surely that would last until I got there, right? Hah!

Back to Twanoh.

4, 14, and 30 were nice sites and the shore at low tide was festooned with oysters for the picking.

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Belfair is the Big Kahuna in these parts.

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It's 167 spots included several full hookup sites right next to the beach, such as 30, 31, and 32.

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There are also waterfront sites for the tent crowd. 149 and 150 being good examples.

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Umbrellas are very popular in the PNW.

At least when I visit.

Next stop was Scenic Beach.

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Of it's 50 campsites I liked 15 and 34 among others.

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The beach lived up to it's name.

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Offering spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains.

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I spent the next night at Kitsap State Park.

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The 38 sites are in two distinct loops.

1-18 have full hookups and look like this:

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The rest, such as 19, 31, and 37 offer more privacy.

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You will also find four cabins, a play area, (it was fun, Fred loved the slides) and a view of the Olympics.

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I made a brief stop at little Illahee.

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It's 25 sites contained gems like 6 and 8.

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Manchester was the site of several structures from the Spanish-American war.

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The torpedo warehouse was the largest, and currently serves as an indoor day use area.

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I used it to take a break from the rain. It's located next to the beach, which was pretty good planning by the government.

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There are 49 sites with about one third offering power and water. I splurged and bought the electricity so I could plug in a small heater. 14, 17, and 18 were my favorites of those sites.

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My last stop before crossing over Stevens Pass to the sun and warmth (hah) of central Washington was Penrose Point.

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Pretty Penrose Point has 83 campsites. I thought 18, 49, and 63 were good examples.

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You will also find a great picnic area with a beach and pier to clam or fish.

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I bid ado to the cold and damp of Puget Sound and headed over the Tacoma Narrows bridge in search of warmth and sun.

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Driving through Bellevue the prospects looked good.

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I turned east on Highway 2 and after 170 miles ended up near Leavenworth.

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Yep, 70 degrees and sunny.

The next day the temperature dropped 40 degrees but at least it didn't rain.

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It snowed.

Look for new reviews/photos of 4 more Washington State Park campgrounds in our next post!

Regards and happy camping, Park Ranger

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