Dry Creek (SW WA) camping?

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Dry Creek (SW WA) camping?

Post by teachpdx » February 12th, 2020, 8:34 am

Hello!
I've been looking into this, but to no avail.

Are there decent campsites on the Dry Creek trail, adjacent to the Trapper Creek Wilderness? The field guide says [backpackable > no], but I can't help but think that there could be some good spots somewhere along the trail.

My partner and I are looking to add to our repertoire of easy-in winter/spring camping spots... under 3 miles in and relatively flat. We tend to take more of the comforts in the winter (I'm looking at you, 20 lb giant hammock tent) so we tend to keep mileage much shorter than in the summer.

We have done Salmon River, Deschutes River, and Siouxon Creek to death and want some more variety thrown in.

So if y'all could advise on Dry Creek, or give any other recommendations that fit the bill, we would appreciate it!
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Re: Dry Creek (SW WA) camping?

Post by Aimless » February 12th, 2020, 10:42 am

I've only day-hiked a couple of miles up the Dry Creek trail once, a few years ago, so this is based on slight experience and dim memory. Take it with several grains of salt until a better answer shows up.

I don't recall any obvious and well-established campsites along the first couple of trail miles, but if you don't mind camping a bit rough, my recollection is that there are some flat-ish areas and several places with access to water from the Wind River. You could probably make do.

I will now defer to those who know better than I the information you are seeking.

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Re: Dry Creek (SW WA) camping?

Post by bobcat » February 13th, 2020, 7:58 pm

No "established" campsites as far as I have noticed or know of; however, there are a few flat benches where you should be able to pitch a tent amongst the decaying maple detritus.

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Re: Dry Creek (SW WA) camping?

Post by justpeachy » February 14th, 2020, 8:05 pm

When I hiked this a few years ago I don't remember noticing any established campsites along the way. When I reached my turnaround point about four miles in at the crossing of Bourbon Creek (no bridge there) there was a group camped in the trees nearby. I didn't go invade their camp to look around, but there might be an established campsite there.

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