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Attention: Major road work will cause delays on the Nisqually to Paradise Road throughout the 2014 camping season.

COUGAR ROCK CAMPGROUND, WA

part ofMount Rainier National Park, National Park Service
Photo: COUGAR ROCK CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Thu Jun 12 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cougar Rock Campground, on the southwest side of Mt. Rainier National Park, is convenient to the Paradise area. Paradise is the most popular destination in the park, with a lodge and visitor center, many miles of hiking trails and a commanding view of the mountain-the highest in the state and Cascade range.

The main attraction at Mount Rainier National Park is the mountain itself, a massive glacier-clad volcano, peaking at 14,411 ft. and dominating the skyline for hundreds of miles. Visitors travel through majestic old-growth forests, past tumbling waterfalls and historic buildings to reach sub-alpine meadows, where world-famous wildflower displays bloom through July and August. Popular activities in the park include sight-seeing, hiking, rock climbing and camping.

Cougar Rock campground is located at an elevation of 3,180 feet. Summers are dry and cool with daytime temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees. Weather throughout the park can be variable, so visitors should come prepared.

Natural Features:

Cougar Rock Campground has one lookout point from which campers can view Mt. Rainier. Although it is peaceful now, the still active volcano last erupted in the mid 1800s. The campground is adjacent to the Nisqually River and is surrounded by thick forests. A short drive to Paradise in summer reveals fields of lush wildflowers.

Recreation:

From the facility, experienced hikers and backpackers can access the well-known, strenuous and beautiful Wonderland Trail, which encircles the park for 93 miles. For those who enjoy learning more about the park's natural and cultural history, there is an on-site amphitheater where interpretive programs are held.

Facilities:

Cougar Rock is relatively rustic, but has drinking water, flush toilets and picnic tables at all 173 campsites. This facility is one of only two campgrounds in the park with campsites that can be reserved. Visitors must use extra caution with food storage, as foxes and other animals have been known to frequent the campground looking for food.

Nearby Attractions:

Mount Rainier National Park is about 50 miles southeast of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
    In 2012 expect delays on the Stevens Canyon Road due to road work. After Labor Day the Stevens Canyon Road will close to all traffic between Box Canyon and the Paradise Valley Road--there will be no through traffic east to west within the park.

  • Hikers and mountain climbers should be prepared for changing weather. Bring extra clothing, rain gear and a tent for protection against storms anytime of the year.
  • The number of vehicles per site is limited to those that will fit on the parking pad. See parking pad dimensions for each site.
  • Motor homes over 35 feet and trailers over 27 feet are not allowed to enter the campground. Turns on loop roads are tight and vehicle damage is likely to occur.
  • No more than two tents are allowed in any site. The maximum number of people per site is six, unless immediate family.
  • No generator use is allowed in E Loop.
  • No firewood gathering is allowed.
  • Please store food properly to protect wildlife.
  • This area is subject to sudden and severe geological hazards such as flooding, landslides and rock fall.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.76722, -121.79444
46°46'2"N, 121°47'40"W

Cougar Rock Campground is located 14 miles east of Ashford, Washington, on State Route 706/Paradise Road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

COUGAR ROCK CAMPGROUND

Longmire WA 98361

Phone Number:

Information: (360)569-2211
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