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    Re: Where to go camping within 100 miles of Seattle-Tacoma?

    Rainier National Park is awesome. No shooting, but has everything else you want. I'll give some details later when I have a keyboard.

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    Re: Where to go camping within 100 miles of Seattle-Tacoma?

    I have a portable propane fire pit, but my parents still have it( they are figuring out which one of the two that they have that they want). If I get it before you leave ill let you borrow it. Let me know.

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    Re: Where to go camping within 100 miles of Seattle-Tacoma?

    Lake Easton in Snoqualmie Pass. Its nearby Forestry land that you can go shooting (maybe), has water, great views, loads of hiking trails in the area that are in the campground or others a short drive away like snoqualmie falls, iron horse trail, snoqualmie tunnel or hiking up the ski slopes and possibly find stuff they dropped during season.

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    I've car camped Rainier a couple of times over the last month. If you have never been, then you have to experience it at least once. It's relatively close as well. The views are excellent.

    Cougar Rock campground will show up as reserved on the net, but I found multiple options on E loop and the road units on very busy weekends. You just have to go there and look at the actual tags marked on site. The sites are nice and you can have a fire. No generators allowed on E loop. The campground is secure and the Wonderland trail can be accessed directly off site. This trail literally goes forever. You also have the option to backpack camp along the trail in designated areas.

    Further up North East by hike or vehicle is Paradise. Paradise will be packed with people. You just have to give it a few minutes for a parking space, or maybe you get lucky right off. The views are absolutely gorgeous!

    Just over the other side of the lodge is Paradise Valley. Another beautiful sight and great hiking available. Just search some photos on the net. Continue on and you come across Reflection lake, which also can be found along the way from Wonderland trail coming from Cougar Rock. There are trails everywhere! There's a trail across the road at Reflection where you may see some wildlife, such as a Marpat or a Goat. I don't remember the name exactly, something Peak. I saw some very nice size Trout in Reflection Lake, but it can't be fished. I could see them jumping in Louis Lake as well, and that can be fished. I never did any fishing though (even though I had a rod in my pack at all times).

    There is a great campground about 20 miles East from the Lakes called Ohanapecosh. I found there to be more easily available sites compared to Cougar Frock, and many are right on the river. The road down the mountain from Paradise is spectacular. It makes me feel tiny (like an ant). It's like driving along side the Grand Canyon of the Northern Cascades. This campground has Silver Falls trail and also has the Grove of the Patriarchs nearby. Box Canyon is about half way between there and the Reflection Lakes. This side of the mountain can also be accessed from 410 and then you can explore up over the mountain from that side.

    I didn't explore the North White River side to the park (I drove in, but that was it). I'm sure it's just as interesting. Along 410 there are optional campgrounds leading up to the park.

    I recommend Rainier, especially if you or your sister have never been. It really is paradise and your sister will really appreciate it.
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    Re: Where to go camping within 100 miles of Seattle-Tacoma?

    if Ranier doesn't neet your needs...

    go to the Olympic peninsula- stay in Dosiwallips state park, just south of Brinnon on Hwy 101. Drive the multitude of forest and logging roads (go to REI for some good maps beforehand), the Quilcene USFS ranger district has a forest roads report online too. enjoy the views, and if you're lucky you might find one of the locals' shooting pits up in the hills.
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    Re: Where to go camping within 100 miles of Seattle-Tacoma?

    Big Quill Lookout used to be a fave.

    Dosiwallups State Park. Hahahahaha
    The roads up used to be rough. Had a VW Bug with truck tires on the back.
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    go to the Olympic peninsula- stay in Dosiwallips state park, just south of Brinnon on Hwy 101.
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    Re: Where to go camping within 100 miles of Seattle-Tacoma?

    so i'm not a good resource for this crap....

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    Re: Where to go camping within 100 miles of Seattle-Tacoma?

    I'm a big fan of the North Cascades campgrounds.
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    Re: Where to go camping within 100 miles of Seattle-Tacoma?

    that is one really cool place, we drove thru there last year, talk about well kept and you can not beat the location

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    Granite Falls area has killer camping plus the ice caves. Mountain loop road
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