Ike Kinswa is a wonderful campground for making memories with family and friends. It has sites and cabins that are available all year and, although it’s most popular in summer, it’s a beautiful destination year round.
Extra Parking: $10 per vehicle
Online Reservations: Yes, Reserve Here!
Max Length: 60 ft (limited quantity)
Hookups: 36 partial, 39 full
Restrooms: Flush Toilets and showers
Potable Water: Yes
One of the major draws to this location is in its proximity to other popular camping areas in this region. Keep this in mind if you’re considering a road trip to Mt. St. Helens or Rainier in the future.
Even if you’re not passing through, Ike Kinswa is a wonderful destination in and of itself. In the summer the kids can play all day in the water or on the playground and in the evening everyone can relax among the trees or snuggle into a cabin for the night.
The cabins are reservable and open all year. There are a few options for pet owners, and if you’ve stayed in a cabin or yurt with Washington State parks before then the layout and furniture will likely be familiar. There are two rooms, one with a futon-style couch that sleeps two and one with a bunk bed that sleeps 3. There’s no running water within the cabins, but there are spigots just outside the front door and bathrooms are never far away either. Plus, it’s heated!
We recommend this as a wonderful place to bring people together. While this park does lack the sprawling, breathtaking vistas of some campgrounds farther into the mountains it does offer a close and immensely enjoyable place to gather with some of the people that mean the most.
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If this is your first trip to the Quinault area, the Quinault Rain Forest Loop is a wonderful choice! It’s an easy and very accessible trail that guides you through a lush temperate rainforest.
Location: Olympic Peninsula, Quinault
Roundtrip: 3.9 miles
Gain: 500 ft
The map above includes several of the other hikes in the area. We’ve highlighted the route we took, but if you’re interested in finding more there is a wonderful Ranger Station near the Inn. They have a binder full of pictures and maps of specific trails and the rangers and volunteers are incredibly helpful!
We’ll also include a (non-highlighted) printable PDF version in the resources below!
If the ranger station is closed you can take a look in the outdoor nook right outside the front door. This area displays area maps and conditions.
The Rain Forest Loop is a well-maintained trail. Luckily, volunteers work to cut back the forest just enough to keep the trail wide and accessible (it gets grown over so fast!).
There is also a smaller Rain Forest trail that includes interpretive signs and some really neat sights. If you have the time, this little trail is worth the trek!
The route we took included the Lakeshore Trail. We’ll dive more into that in another post, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send us a message via the Contact page above!
Are There Toilets? : Yes. It doesn’t matter where you start the loop- there are bathrooms nearby.
How about Picnic Tables? : The options here are more limited, but there is a nice cafe in the mercantile!
Do I Need a Parking Pass? : It depends on where you park. If you park at the ranger station you won’t need a pass, but if you park in the day-use area by the smaller Rain Forest Loop you’ll need a Discovery Pass or a day pass.
Are Dogs Allowed? : Yes!
Can We Camp Here? : Yes! There are 3 campgrounds on this side of the lake; one of those campgrounds is open year-round
When is the Best Time to Visit? : Any time! Just make sure to bring your rain gear.
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Hike through history as you traverse one of the best parts of Washington’s coastline. Cape Disappointment got its name when one of the first European captains to sail along the coast failed to navigate through the sandbars at the mouth of the Columbia River. Make no mistake though, Cape Disappointment is no disappointment!
Location: Southwest Washington
There are a number of gorgeous attractions located inside Cape Disappointment State Park. You might choose to visit the North Head Lighthouse, which is featured in the video above, or you could head over to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (pictured below). There is a small fee for entrance, but the exhibit is worth seeing (and if you’re lucky you can do some whale watching from their ocean view window!).
There are also a number of hikes in the area. You might want to try section hiking a portion of the Discovery Trail or marching up to Mckenzie Head. If hiking isn’t really your thing you could opt for water activities as well. There’s boating opportunities as well as fishing, clamming, and crabbing!
Either way, it’s nice to relax at a beautiful campsite after a long day of exploration. In fact, there are two campgrounds located within the park! The Cape Disappointment Campground also has a few small cabins for rent.
If you’re really up for an adventure you could rent out a portion of the lighthouse keeper’s residence! It’s located near the North Head Lighthouse and is packed with history. This home might be a century old, but it still comes with a TV and DVD player!
It rents for $200-300 per night in winter and up to $440 in summer. If you would like to see pictures of the inside of the residence you can follow the link in the resources section of this article.
Are There Toilets? : Yes! There are many restrooms located throughout the park
How about Picnic Tables? : There are a few located in the day use area just beyond the ranger station.
Do I Need a Parking Pass? : Yes. You can purchase a day pass for $10 or use a Discover Pass.
Are Dogs Allowed? : Yes
Can We Camp Here? : Yes! There are a few campgrounds located here.
When is the Best Time to Visit? : If the weather permits, head on down! It can be rainy in late fall and winter, but if there’s a break in the weather you should certainly take advantage of it.