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Camping near Portland

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by EUGENE the REALTOR, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. EUGENE the REALTOR

    EUGENE the REALTOR Portland Metro Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Can someone recommend a good camping spot within 1-2 hours of Portland? Since I moved to Portland and met my wife, I haven't done any "real" camping. My wife's friend usually organizes the trips, and so far, we've only been to places with water and electricity, and bathrooms complete with showers. It's basically camping in a parking lot with tons of other people around.

    I've voiced my complaints and now they insist that I pick a spot. Anyone know of a nice spot that's a little more private? Maybe next to a lake or river? There's got to be tons of places here right? Google only seems to bring up the kind of places I'm avoiding. Please help!!:eek:
     
  2. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Mount Hood is within 2 hours of Portland. During the summer there are lots of places you can backpack into and camp.

    Or Mt Jefferson Wilderness area, which is outside of Salem.

    Go to Powells Books, find a Backpacking Oregon or Oregon Camping book. :) There are TONS of places within 2 hours of Portland.

    There are even some in the coastal range, just do a few searches for them. :)
     
  3. EUGENE the REALTOR

    EUGENE the REALTOR Portland Metro Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Thanks for the post. We are needing a place that is fairly easy to access. We all have kids (youngest is 2) and heavy tents. I think the heaviest one is almost 70 pounds. lol
     
  4. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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  5. EUGENE the REALTOR

    EUGENE the REALTOR Portland Metro Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Any idea how early you need to get there to get a "first come first serve" spot? Seems like a nice spot. Just a little nervous since I'm making plans for 2 other families.
     
  6. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Barview Jetty County Park, near Garabaldi is an excellent camp ground. Yes it has showers, flush toilets and water, but the sites themselves are rustic with dirt/sand ground, tables and fireplaces, some rather open and some quite secluded. I'd think with a two-year-old you would want a place where you could wash up after playing in the sand or surf, AND in case a little one crapped themselves. The park has over 300 sites. The only problem perhaps is it's at the coast, it could be cloudy, cool and breezy all day even in summer. There is a huge sand hill at the park that, for some reason, the kids all seem to love climbing and rolling around on.

    All call ahead of time to reserve would be a good idea, they are nice people at the pay booth.

    There are also rustic campgrounds up the Clackamas from Estacada all the way up to the Callowash and beyond, with pit toilets and water from old timey pumps that tastes of iron. There have been some issues in the past with "party hounds" from the valley causing problems way up the.

    Mike
     
  7. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    I see folks camping on the streets and in the parks all the time. From the looks of it theyve been on vacation for a while. Glad to see some folks are still roughing it.

    Sorry, I couldnt help it. However, Morpheus mentioned the ones I knew about, best of luck.

    Ok I got another one; I hear in an attempt to further help with "public safety" and "camping crime", Multnomah county is banning all open camping unless youve got a camping permit.
     
  8. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Timothy or Detroit lakes are both worth looking at.
     
  9. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Olallie Lake for spectacular views and minimal facilities. Also many great areas in SW Washington in the Mt. Adams and Indian Heaven areas.
     
  10. Cuthbert Allgood

    Cuthbert Allgood Clark County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Downtown Portland is a great place to go camping! Make sure to bring your own booze!
     
  11. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    There's quite a few spots right in front of city hall. Lots of fellow "campers" too.
     
  12. Cuthbert Allgood

    Cuthbert Allgood Clark County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Hell yeah, man!
     
  13. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    I've only done hikes there. Don't know how early you would have to get there.

    But they have 10 sites and their annual overnight attendance is only 1663, so maybe that means they aren't full all that often. I think most people do it as a day hike. Thus the 55K+ people a year hiking.
     
  14. lucifermonkey

    lucifermonkey Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Lost Lake. Lost Lake Resort
    Not rustic, but you get a beautiful lake and amazing view of Mt Hood!
    There is a semi-paved trail that goes all the way around the lake that is good for kids too.

    There are also several rustic campgrounds along the river on 224 east of Estacada.
     
  15. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    +1 For Lost Lake, grew up going there, so it's a really old lake! Truly beautiful, there are no motors allowed on the lake and you can rent row boats, canoes and paddle boats. No idea about availability. May not be as woodsy or private as you are looking for. I've always backpacked for privacy. Good luck!
     
  16. EUGENE the REALTOR

    EUGENE the REALTOR Portland Metro Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Well I left a message at Barview Jetty this morning. No call back yet, hopefully they will call back soon...