Lone Fir Campground, Okanogan National Forest, Washington

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    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    This is a typical mountain FCFS (no reservations) national forest CG with water, vault toilets, trash removal, tables and fire rings. It is in the scenic North Cascades 24 miles west of Winthrop, WA on WA20 and has one loop with 26 sites, one of which is a pull-through. You enter on a driveway from the highway and take a right turn into the paved loop. Don't take the first few sites because they are very close to the highway. Go around the curve of the loop and take a site on the far side, preferably on the outside of the loop because then you will have the river and not other campsites behind you. We had Site #19 which had a short path to the river and we could hear the water from the site. It was nice to sit down there on the beach. Sites on this side of the loop all get sun at one time of the day or another. That was good for my solar panels.

    The site pads are not paved (gravel and rock) but not too far from level. Privacy side-to-side is pretty good due to thick understory but you can see into the sites across the road. We had a great view of the woods behind us and of the Cascade peaks in from of us. The CG is full of conifers, including spruce, hemlock and fir. It was about half full each of the three nights we were there and was very quiet. We liked this CG very much even though there was an open flame ban in effect due to incredibly dry conditions. That meant no campfires, propane campfires, candles or open flame stoves. Gas BBQ grills with the flame enclosed were allowed.

    The CG is at 3,600' of elevation and is open mid-May through October. The cost is $12 per day but Senior Access Pass holders pay 50% less. There are no hookups, flush toilets, playgrounds, cell service or showers and no dump station. (I used the one at Colonial Creek in the national park on the way home.) There is a two-mile loop trail from the CG and many trail heads are in the area. Trout fishing (catch and release) is permitted in the river. Many people come here for the hiking and climbing opportunities.

    Here are some shots of our campsite and view from it.

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