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    This website is intended as an adjunct to the paperback book 'Camp Every County, Washington' by Brendan J. McDonald, available on Included on this website are photographs and texts which could not be included in the paperback edition, where you will find full narrative versions of each section found below.

    KITTITAS COUNTY (Ellensburg/Cle Elum)

    Lake Easton State Park (Kittitas Co.'s BEST CG FOR ENTIRE FAMILIES)

    Lake Easton State Park packs a whole lot of camping into a relatively small area
    For more photos of Lake Easton S.P. click HERE

    Salmon La Sac Campground (Kittitas Co.'s MOST APPEALING CG TO THE SENSES)

    Campsites and cabins at Salmon La Sac Campground sit right on the Cle Elum and Cooper Rivers
    For more photos of Salmon La Sac CG click HERE

    Owhi Campground (Kittitas Co.'s BEST RUSTIC CGs)

    Cooper Lake is among the prettiest lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
    For more photos of Owhi CG click HERE

    Tucquala Meadows CG/Fish Lake CG (Kittitas Co.'s BEST FREE CG)

    Tucquala Lake is a gentle, delicate introduction to the Alpine Lakes Region
    For more photos of Tucquala Meadows/Fish Lake CG click HERE

    Ellensburg KOA (Kittitas Co.'s BEST EQUIPPED/BEST CG FOR RVs) 

    Ellensburg KOA is an oasis in the sizzling prairie, and a cooler way to experience Ellensburg.
    For more photos of Ellensburg KOA click HERE

    Swauk Campground (Kittitas Co.'s BEST BIKE-IN CGs)

    The old town site at Liberty retains artifacts from the glory days of Swauk mining
    For more photos of Swauk CG click HERE

    Lake Wanapum State Park/Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park (Kittitas Co.'s MOST UNIQUELY WASHINGTON CG)

    Lake Wanapum State Park offers lush camping in the desert near the
    Ginkgo Petrified Forest

    For more photos of Lake Wanapum S.P. click HERE

    • Navaho Pass Hike-In (Kittitas Co.'s BEST HIKE-IN CAMPSITES)
      This hike-in camping area lies in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness with perfect views of Mt. Stuart, the Enchantments, and the flat-topped Navaho Peak. The trail gains 3000' in almost 6 miles, but is very gradual. Take your time, and drink it all in.
      Overview: The moderately strenuous Stafford Creek Trail #1359 lies west of Ellensburg, operated by the USFS at 3100' elevation, open seasonally, but often much earlier than other Alpine Lakes Wilderness camping areas; campsite GPS 47.3664, -120.8027.
      Facilities: There is a vault toilet at the trailhead, and water along the trail.
      Recreation: This trail is only a small part of a network of wilderness trails, and connects with Ingalls Creek Trail #1215, Standup Creek Trail #1369, County Line Trail #1226, and Navaho Peak  Trail #1369 -- a steep trail that will take you to the top of 7200' Navaho Peak, with better views than those at the campsites.
      Stafford Creek Trailhead: From Ellensburg, travel 20 miles west on I-5 to East Cle Elum Exit 85. Turn right/east on Hwy 970, drive 6.5 miles, and turn left onto Teanaway Rd.  After 5.5 miles, bear right onto NF Teanaway Rd. After 6 miles you will pass 29 Pines C.G. Drive another 2 miles, and turn right onto FR 9703. Drive 2.3 miles, and trailhead will be on the left. Trailhead GPS coordinates are 47.366524, -120.802095.
      Campsites (Dispersed tent sites, FREE with a NW Trailhead Park Pass):  The dispersed camping areas have partial shade with western white pine, lodgepole pine, silver fir, Western hemlock and Englemann spruce. Most campsites are in a large meadow just before reaching the Pass itself. There are a few prime sites on County Line Trail No. 1226 with excellent view of the mountains and ridges. One campsite marked on many maps is at the intersection with Ingalls Creek Trail #1215.
      Trip Notes: The first thing campers notice here, once they manage to take their eyes off the magnificent alpine scenery, is that most of the sites are nestled away from the great views. This is when hiking turns back to camping, but great camping it is.

    Most of the campsites along Navaho Pass lie in a meadow just before the pass itself
    For more photos of Navaho Pass Campsites click HERE

    • Cle Elum River Group Camp (Chelan Co.'s BEST GROUP CG)
      The best group site in Kittitas County puts you where nature erupts in every direction.
      Overview: Located 13 miles north of Cle Elum on the Cle Elum River north of Cle Elum Lake, operated by the USFS at 2300' elevation, open late May to late September; 47.3509, -121.1051.
      Facilities include vault toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, and fire rings/grills.
      Recreation: A nearby trail head provides access to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. In addition to being a prime location for hiking, fishing, swimming and birding in summer and early fall, Cle Elum River offers excellent skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter months.
      Campsites (23 individual sites, one group site for 100 people, no hookups, reservations required for group site): The sites are wooded, shaded, and nicely arranged for group activities, allowing a little more privacy for some members.
      Trip Notes: This group site may at first seem nondescript, but is nicely placed. Just north on the east side of the River are a number of noisy free campsites over which the USFS has little control. You will not hear this noise from this location. You may hear some road noise, but even that is minimal.

    The Cle Elum River Group site is a peaceful place you'll have all to yourse
    For more photos of Cle Elum River Group Camp click HERE

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