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Washington state lists parks with bike/hike campsites

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Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission launched its new “interactive” website last week at www.parks.wa.gov.

Carter Creek campsites in Iron Horse State Park

Carter Creek campsites in Iron Horse State Park

I immediately tested its “search” function for a topic near-and-dear to my heart — bike/hike campsites. Happily, I discovered that more than a dozen of Washington’s 100 state parks host campsites that are set aside for those who arrive under their power.

The predecessor website never revealed this information.

Bike-hike campsites are commonly first-come first-served, reduced rate campsites reserved for those who arrive at the park by bicycle, by foot, or by kayak or canoe.

Here’s a list of biker – hiker campsites in Washington state parks:

Bogachiel State Park – 2 hiker/biker campsites

Camano Island State Park — 2 hiker/biker campsites

Deception Pass State Park – 5 hiker/biker campsites

Fort Townsend State Park – 4 hiker/biker campsites

Illahee State Park – 5 hiker/biker campsites

Iron Horse State Park — 4 small campgrounds on John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Alice Creek — Milepost 2127

Carter Creek — Milepost 2123

Cold Creek — Milepost 2113

Roaring Creek — Milepost 2109

Joemma Beach State Park — 2 hiker/biker/kayaker campsites

Lake Easton State Park – 2 hiker/biker campsites

Lewis and Clark State Park – 1 hiker/biker campsite

Manchester State Park – 3 hiker/biker campsites

Rasar State Park – 3 hiker/biker campsites

Spencer Spit State Park – 7 hiker/biker/kayaker campsites

Twin Harbors State Park — 4 hiker/biker campsites


As you can see, the campsites are concentrated in western Washington. Many other Washington state parks have camping facilities; these are the only ones listed with biker/hiker campsites.

Advantages

One advantage of biker/hiker campsites is that people traveling under their own power can’t always predict how far they’ll get in one day. If one campground is full, it’s not always possible to pedal through the night to the next site.

Also, many of the bike-hike campgrounds are communal, so there’s always room for one more traveler.

They should be easy enough build. You just need some flat spaces, a fire ring and a picnic table or two. You don’t need a 400-square-foot pad to park a recreational vehicle or electrical hook-ups.

I’d like to see all the state campgrounds have a couple of biker-hiker spots. Virginia, for instance, has a policy that all state campgrounds set aside an area for bicyclists to pitch their tents, even when the campground is otherwise full. The Virginia Bicycling Federation explains the details.

Although Washington state doesn’t have such an official policy, I was assured by a parks customer service specialist several years ago that “they would do their best not to turn away any camper arriving under their own power (hiking or biking) but would find a site even if it was just for the night.”

Other states where parks offer “guaranteed camping” policies include Oregon, California, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota.

Also, see the Kansas Cyclist Bicycle Camping Resources by State.

The National Forests of Washington also are available for  primitive camping.

Washington national forests:

Colville National Forest
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Olympic National Forest

 

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  1. Rob Anderson

    There are more Washington state parks to add to this list: Fort Casey, South Whidbey Island, Scenic Beach, Battle Ground Lake, and Seaquest all have hiker/biker sites.

    1. Gene Bisbee

      Thanks. Those on the list were the only ones identified on the state website with hike/bike campsites. I’m glad there are others.

      The Dungeness State Park near Sequim had a nice collection of hiker/biker campsites, but that facility is now run by Clallam County. Glad to say the hiker/biker sites are still there.

      If anyone else knows of others, please pass the info along.

  2. stew

    Fort Ebey State Park has a few

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