Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-20-2019, 05:46 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Posts: 6,935
A perfect free campsite just off I-90 and 2 hours from Seattle

For those traveling along I-90 near Snoqualmie pass there's a little known campground that's perfect for an overnight, day long, or several days, stop.

On the map it shows as the boat launch area at the NW end of lake Kecheless.

This lake is an irrigation lake and the camping area is under several feet of water by spring but drops rapidly until the water is well beyond the end of the boat launch ramp.

Pull in, grab a level spot (there are acres of them) and enjoy.

Take the Hyak Exit (East or Westbound). and then follow signs to boat launch.


I've driven past it for decades and never even gave it a thought to stop and camp there. Just spent 5 days there, watching my son play with R/C Rock Crawler "vehicles" along with about 100 of his "friends".

Some pic's of the area:




Son getting ready for the "race"




It definitely is a "Boondocking" area as there is NO water or even "Vault Toilets". It is about two miles from the "Iron Horse State Park" Hyak trailhead and there is water there but you may need a "Water Thief" if you need to hook up a hose.

You do need a Forest Service Pass but in the entire time I was there I saw no "enforcement" (I have a Lifetime Pass). The State Park requires a Discovery Pass but there's no camping allowed there.

Here's a link to Google Earth and the area at the "top" of the picture is almost all dry right now.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/Wr2AQh

While it looks close to I-90, in reality its far enough away you can't even hear the traffic. Cars and trucks look like ants.
__________________

__________________
"A wise man can change his mind. A fool never will."

"Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the tree"

2018 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BDS
2004 Nissan Titan
TitanMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2019, 06:30 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Hatchdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Deer Park, WA
Posts: 182
Thanks Mike, I’ve driven past that lake dozens of times and never knew. Planning a trip to Mt. Saint Helens in a few weeks and will probably drive right past. Doubt I’ll need a stop over but good to know none the less.
__________________

__________________
2020 Rockwood Ultra-lite 2608BS TT

2011 F250 Lariat 6.2 gas 6 sp auto 3.73 rear 4X4 6.75í bed crew cab

Recurve R6 hitch
Hatchdog is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2019, 09:58 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
clarkbre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 914
I always wondered how to get over to the boat launch area. We are going to the Ellensburg Rodeo in a couple weeks and will have to check that area out.

Looks like your son has a great rock crawler rig! It's nice that those run a little slower than the racing buggies and trucks....my kids don't break the crawlers half as much!
__________________

2017 Forest River Surveyor 247BHDS...
...Tugged by a 2016 F250 XLT FX4 SuperCrew, Shortbed 6.2L, 4wd, 3.73...
...Joined with a Husky Centerline TS 800-1200lbs WDH
clarkbre is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:50 PM.


×