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Big Creek, WA

part ofGifford Pinchot National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: Big Creek
Status: Closed through Thu Nov 27 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Situated in the vicinity of majestic Mount Rainier, Big Creek is a family campground nestled among Douglas firs, hemlock, alders and maples. The lush vegetation offers plenty of privacy between sites.

The sites at Big Creek form a loop, with only a handful of sites sitting along the banks of Big Creek. Open from mid-May through late September, Big Creek provides an alternative to the campgrounds at Mount Rainier National Park, which can get very crowded during the summer.

Natural Features:

Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses over 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument established by Congress in 1982.

Big Creek is located in the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This Ranger District manages four Wilderness Areas including the Goat Rocks Wilderness, Glacier View Wilderness, Tatoosh Wilderness and William O' Douglass Wilderness.

The Cowlitz Valley Ranger District is roughly located among three volcanic peaks: Mt. Rainier to the north, Mt. Adams to the east, and Mt. St. Helens to the west, providing visitors with a unique geological landscape.

Recreation:

Anglers can try their luck at catching brook trout in Big Creek or for those looking to explore the area, the Osborne Mountain Trail starts at the campground. The route is steep, but the scenery is amazing, and the trail can be traversed by foot, horse, mountain bike or dirt bike.

Facilities:

The campground requires vehicles to have a relatively tight turning radius. Big Creek can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs, with a maximum vehicle length of 22 feet.

Some parking spurs are paved; others are native moss and dirt. Some sites have rocks or heavy vegetation, which may make it difficult to pitch a tent.

Drinking water is available, but there are no hot showers available onsite. Vault toilets are provided as well as a pedestal grill, fire pit and picnic table at each site.

Gray water disposal facilities are located throughout the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Big Creek is 6 miles from the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. The popular Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise is 21 miles away, and the nearby town of Ashford offers restaurants, along with a few art galleries and shops.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • No ATVS or OHVS in campground
  • The camping fee includes entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle; an extra vehicle fee of 1/2 the regular camping fee will be charged at the campground
  • Click here for more information about Gifford Pinchot National Forest

please call the park at 555-6321 for availibility questions.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.73528, -121.97028
46°44'7"N, 121°58'13"W

From Ashford, WA, take Forest Road 52 approximately 5 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Big Creek

ASHFORD  WA  98304

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
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