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Old 03-14-2014, 03:44 PM   #16
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:51 PM   #17
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https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sa...4c4790840cf284

Sahara Creek DNR horse camp near Ashford, WA in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. Free camping if you don't mind the possibility of horse crap in your campsite.
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Sahara Creek DNR horse camp near Ashford, WA in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. Free camping if you don't mind the possibility of horse crap in your campsite.

That's the ticket! I'll have to look at the Horse camps a bit closer. $1 or free per day! I find Horse people pretty considerate in picking up after themselves more than not.
Good reminder of the "Washington State Discover Pass" tax stamp though.

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***Campers are allowed but without horses are encouraged to camp elsewhere per DNR site***
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:22 PM   #19
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^^^what he said!
Spent some time just hanging out at the Paisley gas station, talking with the owner (who also has the laundrymat,,and rents showers to gritty dirt campers),,camped at Martser's Springs,,nice place!,,killing time the next evening,went back into town & spent a few hours in the local tavern just BS'ing with ranchers and loggers.
You time it so you are in the tav at the end of the work day, have a couple brews,,talk with the guys just getting "off work". Then go next door, have a supper at the cafe,burn an hour or so,then go kill some time at the gas station,give the owner a buck anna half and get a hot shower, then wander back to the tav for the "after dinner" crowd, and talk with another group of local hunters, loggers, and such,, ask about fishing spots!!(a great back-roads conversation starter!),,ask about viewpoints and lookouts.let them know you like camping away from humans and let THEM offer ideas about remote camping spots,,
what I have found is,,,

The locals are more curious about you in your space ranger outfit, and why the hell you'd seek out dirty back roads to nowhere in particular!
They are sort of suspicious at a lot of questions from a stranger, and some don't get any stranger than ADV riders!
Once it is established that you are harmlessly crazy, they have A TON OF RIDING INFO that you can't get elsewhere,,like which gates are okay to open and close, or which areas to avoid due to logging activities.
Just drag out a map, lay it on a table and point at some obscure spot,,and buy a round for "old Billy and his wife", and watch what happens! ,,,,,,,,,,Instantly,, the whole tavern is full of suggestions!
I have met some of the most wonderful and helpful people in all the PacWet region,, just give out that what you'd like to receive.
I do agree with this statement ... Only thing is ya do have to be a lil careful about asking some ole folks about where they like to hunt,, or fish..they tend to be a lil protective. But asking locals is a great thing.

Now when it comes to finding a camp spot... Does this have to be a hot and cold running water spot? Find a KOA,,, look on a map.
I kinda prefer the more rustic..... Hey,, there is a wide spot back there in the trees... cover the bikes so just in case a passing car cant see the reflectors or lights on the bike...OBTW,, make sure it doesnt say,, NO TRESPASSING..
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Here on the Palouse,, and in the St.Joe area,,, there are plenty of "no charge" camping spots ,, if you dont mind just throwing a tent out and enjoying the surroundings.
Laird Park,,, just north of Potlatch ID,,, has plenty of camping spots,, and not to mention some decent riding... Moose Creek reservoir just outside of Bovill ID,, nice camp spots.. minimal fee,, good fishing, close to some good riding and you can ride from Laird Park to there,,,
Pretty much any spot along the St Joe River can be considered a camp spot if it is wide enough.
If ya want anymore info for around the Palouse,,, let me know..
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Here on the Palouse,, and in the St.Joe area,,, there are plenty of "no charge" camping spots ,, if you dont mind just throwing a tent out and enjoying the surroundings.
Laird Park,,, just north of Potlatch ID,,, has plenty of camping spots,, and not to mention some decent riding... Moose Creek reservoir just outside of Bovill ID,, nice camp spots.. minimal fee,, good fishing, close to some good riding and you can ride from Laird Park to there,,,
Pretty much any spot along the St Joe River can be considered a camp spot if it is wide enough.
If ya want anymore info for around the Palouse,,, let me know..
^ That's the area I'll allude to below
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DNR/ forest service sites. Improved or not.

What my original intent to accomplish is to create a map of some lower priced bargain sites to bike tent camp.
Sure, anyone can pull off in a forest and do the stealth thing and that's fine and dandy if you are passing through
or want to head up 20'sh miles off your route to find a "safe" spot.

But more than not anymore I would just like to stop somewhere on a planned route and not be gouged $17 or more
bucks for a piece of grass or gravel just to throw up a tent.
I noticed last year on ride trough Idaho that there were numerous forest service sites that were just $6 to camp!
That was the D'oh! moment for me.

Being a lot of our riding is through Oregon and Washington which seem to charge at least $17 and up, improved site or not
Enabling you to sleep on the ground seems a bit ridiculous to me. Maybe there's a practical business reason for it,I don't know
I don't run a camp ground, But at those prices I'm seriously considering it. I've got 5 acres of dirt and trees you can throw a
tent on for free at the moment (probably 20 miles off your path)

The places I'm listing are far from "secret gems" they are all very well known by about +10K in my area plus readily seen
on any map. Just some are very cheep or free. Maps of course don't post the fee. We recommend good values in hotels/Hostels
and food stops all the time,Why not cheep established tent sites?
Would you ride on an extra few miles if you had known you could save a$10 for a decent site would you?
I probably would even with no guarantee's.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:43 PM   #23
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On Washington Pass a lot of people camp at the Blue Lake trailhead. But if you drive 4 miles East you'll find the Cutthroat Lake trailhead which is more private, quieter, and a mile off the Hwy 20 so you can't hear the big trucks at night.
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