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July 13, 2003
This site has an onsite camp director who comes around and collects your moeny -- she's very nice old lady who lives in a trailer near the exit.
There are several hiking/ATV trails leading out of the campground and a bridge that takes you over the river to the group camping facility. While there is water in this river, it is direct snow melt and way too shallow and cold to swim in. We couldn't even stand to wade in it without our feet going numb.
This campsite was an excellent choice for anyone who want to relax, hike, or use their ORV. This is an excellent alternative to the oft overcrowded Ohanapecosh campground 30 miles away in Mt. Rainer National Park. I highly recommend it.
From journal Camping: Mt. Rainier and St. Helens
Port Angeles, Washington
November 8, 2001
"Little Tijuana" – from Packwood, go 7 or 8 miles (or so) east on Highway 12, then turn left on Hwy 123 as if you are going into the Park. Turn left about ¼ mile before the Mount Rainier National Park border arch. If you get to the log arch, you’ve gone too far. The little dirt road is easy to miss. Follow this little rough road down a short ways and you will start to see campsites. This area is nice because you camp next to the awesome Ohanapecosh River, and also due to it’s proximity to the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center. Low clearance vehicles may not do too well on this road…maybe walk down the first stretch to determine how you think your vehicle will do.
"Forest Road 1270" – from Packwood, go about 5 miles east on Highway 12, then turn left on Forest Road 1270. After you cross the bridge over the Cowlitz River you will find some campsites on the north bank of the river.
"Skate Creek Road" - from Packwood, take Forest Road 52 (Skate Creek Road) north for a few miles, and you will start to see campsites on the right side along Skate Creek. This road is about 20 miles long, so if you don’t find anything right away, keep going and you eventually will find a camp spot. Forest Road 52 is paved and starts at the only obvious intersection in Packwood right next to the Texaco.
From journal Mount Rainier National Park for FREE