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Old 09-30-2016, 09:21 PM   #31
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I just phoned, and the only Forest Service campground in the area of Mt Hood that is open is Lazy Bend Campground, not too convenient to Mt Hood itself, being over an hour away from the Timberline Lodge. Our friends in Sandy also suggested checking it out, and that the food there was good if we wanted a meal.

The Mt Hood Village RV Resort is open year round. At $49/night it certainly seems pricey though. Might be our only option though.
Would have loved to stay at a Forest Service campground, but that Lazy Bend one was just too far from from Mt Hood for my liking for a short two night stay, so I did bite the bullet and got a couple nights at the Mt Hood Village RV Resort. It actually looks like it has some nice sites, plus there is a lot of availability so I should be able to pick something nice.

Going to have to stay at a few more Walmarts to make up for the price though.

So, now we are set from tomorrow morning, right through until Monday the 11th when we are leaving the NOG. Tomorrow night is at Kikumon Creek Provincial Park in BC SW of Fernie. This is the last night they are open for the year. We have stayed here a few times, nice campground, and great Kokanee fishing.

The next night Walmart in Spokane, two nights by Mt Hood, 5 nights at Nehalem, then on to further points south, but we are not going to likely firm up those plans until we get to Nehalem.
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FYI. Beachside south of Waldport is booked. Got the last site mon-Thur following nog. I hear washburne is quite nice.
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FYI. Beachside south of Waldport is booked. Got the last site mon-Thur following nog. I hear washburne is quite nice.
Maybe I should make plans now for after the NOG. Hmmm.....
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Would have loved to stay at a Forest Service campground, but that Lazy Bend one was just too far from from Mt Hood for my liking for a short two night stay, so I did bite the bullet and got a couple nights at the Mt Hood Village RV Resort. It actually looks like it has some nice sites, plus there is a lot of availability so I should be able to pick something nice.
I've stayed there several times. If you get a choice of sites, check out the Cedar Ridge Loop. It's where all the Big Boys camp, the sites are pull-throughs and quiet. Besides, you'd probably be the only ones using the restrooms! If you don't want to cook, there's a nice restaurant that serves a good breakfast in the park too.
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:28 PM   #35
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Boy, have to say am not seeing anything great out there for your route Jim, which is unfortunate because we think Oregon has by far the best amount of great Forest Service campgrounds in the NW. Need to go a little more south. We checked into Tillicum south of Waldport and then left because it was a zoo to us. By accident(luck) while trying to find a boondock site we met a nice couple selling eggs on an acre that invited us to park at there place.
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Or this at Newberry Vocanic NM- Little Crater campground on Paulina Lake. Nice hot springs around the corner to the right via kayak or 1 mile hike.
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Best Beach in campground!

Found this south of Reedsport across the street from Wm. Tugman SP, which we also didn't like....hookup city with huge RV's. Also- this was $5.00 on the geezer pass; Tugman was $30 I think.
Edit: This area flows from a path behind our campsite- #8 I believe and is very private.

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Boy, have to say am not seeing anything great out there for your route Jim, which is unfortunate because we think Oregon has by far the best amount of great Forest Service campgrounds in the NW. Need to go a little more south. We checked into Tillicum south of Waldport and then left because it was a zoo to us. By accident(luck) while trying to find a boondock site we met a nice couple selling eggs on an acre that invited us to park at there place.
For us, not knowing an area very well at all, we are kinda bound by what we can easily find, but I do love exploring, and have found out of the way spots we really like, including some Forest Service Campgrounds. Trying to assess their merits on line is real difficult, as information is not very available. It took a phone call to them to find out all but one were closed near Mt Hood. Exploring and word of mouth seem to be the best way.

Nice to find folks that let you stay like that.
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Or this at Newberry Vocanic NM- Little Crater campground on Paulina Lake. Nice hot springs around the corner to the right via kayak or 1 mile hike.
I loves me a soak in hot springs. Will keep this one in mind. We will likely do our return trip north on an inland route.
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Found this south of Reedsport across the street from Wm. Tugman SP, which we also didn't like....hookup city with huge RV's. Also- this was $5.00 on the geezer pass; Tugman was $30 I think.
Edit: This area flows from a path behind our campsite- #8 I believe and is very private.
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Not quite old enough to be a geezer, and regardless, being Canadian can't get the pass anyway.

We are taking off in a couple hours for the first leg of our trip, but will have a connectivity a fair bit and will be checking in. This is great getting ideas from others on here.
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Lost Lake FS CG on ne side of Mt Hood one of my favorite places to camp. You can reach from Hood River. Oxbow Park on the Sandy River is another favorite which is east of Portland via Troutdale. For the north coast try Ft Stevens State Park. Central coast we like Beachside, Washburne, and Harbor Vista. The south coast favorites are Bullards Beach, Floras Lake, and Cape Blanco.
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Lost Lake FS CG on ne side of Mt Hood one of my favorite places to camp. You can reach from Hood River. Oxbow Park on the Sandy River is another favorite which is east of Portland via Troutdale. For the north coast try Ft Stevens State Park. Central coast we like Beachside, Washburne, and Harbor Vista. The south coast favorites are Bullards Beach, Floras Lake, and Cape Blanco.
Lost Lake was one of the first I looked in to, unfortunately it is closed for the season. Thanks for your other suggestions too, will check then out.

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