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HELLS CROSSING CAMPGROUND, WA

part ofOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: HELLS CROSSING
Status: Closed through Sat Nov 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Hells Crossing Campground is located along the American River in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington's Cascade Range. Warm summer days and easy access to an abundance of recreational activities make the campground a perfect setting for individual and group camping excursions.

Natural Features:

The Okanogan-Wenatchee is a unique National Forest, where high, glaciated alpine peaks tower along the Cascade Crest. Lush valleys of old-growth forest define its western boundary, and at its eastern edge, rugged shrub-steppe country comprises a more arid region. Elevations range from below 1,000 feet to over 9,000 feet.

Precipitation varies greatly thoughout the area, ranging from approximately 140 inches along the Cascade Crest to only 10 inches along the eastern edge. Visitors to the area can expect many days of warm, sunny weather in the summer and plenty of snow in the winter.

Recreation:

Hells Crossing Campground offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to hike, fish, ski, raft and enjoy a multitude of recreational activities throughout the year.

The American River, which can be accessed from within the campground, offers a scenic backdrop for swimmers braving its cold, refreshing waters. Whitewater enthusiasts may enjoy a rafting trip on the American or on one of many scenic rivers in the area.

Facilities:

Hells Crossing Campground offers standard and tent-only sites. Picnic tables, vault toilets and drinking water are available; however, there are no electrical hookups.

There are two sections in the campground, each with its own entrance; sites 1-10 are in the eastern section (just over the American River), while sites 11-18 are in the western section.

Nearby Attractions:

Boulder Cave National Recreation Trail is one of the most popular places in the Naches District. Visitors can walk the accessible trail along the river or explore Boulder Cave. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the geology, plants, animals and fire history of the area.

Hikers may want to traverse a portion of the spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of the world's premier National Scenic Trails. This trail showcases some of North America's most fantastic scenery as it winds its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Restroom
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Vault Toilets
  • Whitewater Rafting
Know Before You Go
  • Camping fee includes entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle; a $7 fee will be collected for each additional vehicle
  • Off-road vehicle use prohibited in the campground
  • This campground is not recommended for RV campers due to its tight turns and the close proximity of trees to the roads. Please use caution.
  • Click here for more information about Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest


  • 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):
46.96472, -121.26583
46°57'53"N, 121°15'57"W

From Naches, take Highway 410 approximately 38 miles northwest to milepost 83.4.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HELLS CROSSING CAMPGROUND
Hwy 410
NACHES  WA  98937

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
Mail to: P.O. Box 8516

Coburg OR 97408

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