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Attention: The reservation season ends on September 1, 2014 and Loops D through H will close.Loops A through C will remain open until Columbus Day, October 13, 2014 on a first come, first serve basis.
ATTENTION CAMPERS: New utility lines are being installed along the roads in the Ohanapecosh Campground. Expect noise and one lane roads with traffic control.
PARK PASS REQUIRED: A Park Pass is required for camping and day use at Ohanapecosh. Please display pass or receipt while in the campground. A Park Pass includes one of the following: a single visit receipt, the Mt. Rainier Annual, Interagency Annual, Volunteer, Senior or Access passes.


part ofMount Rainier National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 12 2014   Season Dates


Ohanapecosh Campground, on the southeast side of Mount Rainier National Park, is surrounded by old growth forest and crossed by an exceptionally beautiful snow-fed river. Close to Ohanapecosh are popular hikes to Silver Falls and the Grove of the Patriarchs.

The main attraction at Mount Rainier National Park is the mountain itself, a glacier-clad volcano of immense proportions. At 14,411 ft., it dominates 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 are seen in July and August. Popular activities in the park include sight-seeing, hiking, climbing and camping.

Ohanapecosh campground has an elevation of 1,914 feet. Weather is dry, cool and sunny in the summer with daytime temperatures in the 60 to 80-degree range. Even though the eastern side of the park can be sunnier than other areas, weather can be variable and visitors should come prepared.

Natural Features:

Ohanapecosh is thought to be a Taidnapam Indian word for "standing on the edge" of the Ohanapecosh River. The river itself is lined with mossy boulders and drains cold, clear water down from higher elevations. Its banks are lined with thick, old growth Douglas fir trees and other evergreens. There is no view of Mt. Rainier directly from the campground, though the mountain dominates the landscape in nearby areas of the park.


The most popular campground in the park, Ohanapecosh is convenient to both the Paradise and Sunrise areas. Numerous hiking trails originate both in and nearby the facility, including the Grove of the Patriarchs trail, which leads hikers through stands of old growth forest, and several trails that lead to Silver Falls waterfall.

For visitors who would like to learn more about natural and cultural history, the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center is close by as well.


This large campground has 188 individual sites for RV or tent camping situated among the ancient trees. There is drinking water, but no electric hookups. Visitors must use extra caution with food storage, as bear and other animals inhabit the area around the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Tables
  • RV Parking
  • Tent sites
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
A Park Pass is required for camping and day use at Ohanapecosh. Please display pass or receipt while in the campground. A Park Pass includes one of the following: a single visit receipt, the Mt. Rainier Annual, Interagency Annual, Volunteer, Senior or Access passes.
    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.

  • Please note that there are no showers available within the park.
  • 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 32 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 allowed at any site. The maximum number of people per site is six, unless immediate family.
  • Commercial use is not allowed at this facility.
  • No generator use is allowed in the E Loop.
  • Gathering firewood is not 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):
46.73111, -121.57028
46°43'52"N, 121°34'13"W

Located on State Route 123, four miles north of State Route 12.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

208 Ohanapecosh Road
Packwood  WA  98361

Phone Number:

Information:  360-569-2211 x6627
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