Heading up to the Pacific Northwest and hope to spend time at this park. Noticed that all but one of the campsites is first come, first serve...anyone have suggestions for spots in the Roadtrek 190 or how difficult it is to find vacant spots. We are going in July.
In addition Washington has some good state parks on just about every side of the park, plus a slew of private parks, plus a MWR park (Military, DoD and Retiree's only)
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Lizzard66....Maybe you are refering to kalalock when you said one area takes reservations. If not, make reservations here: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/map_of_Kalaloch_Wa/r/campgroundMap.do?page=map&search=site&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70944&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
Kalalock is extremely popular with locals, and for good reason. The beach is REALLY nice. It's way too late to get the prime spots (ocean view), they go as soon as available (6 months ahead of time).
While I don't like ocean shores that much, it will certainly have vacancies and the beach is just as good, except there is no backdrop of forest behind it.
Port townsend is a nice place to visit. It has a huge number of turn of the centurn (1900) houses that ships captains had built, and is sort of an artist community. Hurricane ridge is also worth the drive up for the view (outside Port Angeles).
While I don't frequent the Olympics often, you will probably do fine, as long as you don't wait longer than noon to find a spot....that's the time the music stops, and finding a chair after that is iffy at the parks. As n7bsn indicated, there are lots of private parks, which may or may not be as nice, but they too fill on week-ends, especially the 4th of July.
Skip the SW Washington coast, not really that interesting. The wild Olympic beaches are amazing. Kalaloch is great for camping. The Hoh Rain Forest campground is great, but not good for big rigs. Salt Creek county park is the best home base for exploring the north Olympic peninsula. Hurricane Ridge, the Dungeness Spit, and Port Townsend are all great sights.
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We stayed there in July '10 - nice quiet campground, great views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and great tide pooling! I believe they had hookups, and it's off the beaten path, yet close enough to the Sol Duc area and Hurricane Ridge.
We had only 2 minor problems: We were so close to Canada that the Canadian cell phone signal was stronger than the US one so while the phones worked and all they were potentially racking up huge bills in roaming charges. My iPhone alerted me to this when I noticed it had switched from AT&T to RODGERS in the upper corner - I have roaming data turned off so it warned me before I used any internet app. I could text and make phone calls that were still part of my plan. The other issue was that they lock the gate at 10:00 and you can't get back in if you are out. We were out at Hurricane Ridge and it got late and I had my little 19-ft rental and had to get back in. My parents were in their Jeep so could have parked on one side of the gate and walked around the gate to get back to their coach.
We had also stayed a few nights in Forks to check out the Hoh and the beaches - I think there's only 1 campground in Forks and it was a good place to stay! My parents coach is 36ft Class A so they are more limited in where they can stay.