Weekend getaway: Ohanapecosh Campground

What: Ohanapecosh has the reputation for being the best campground in Mount Rainier National Park.

When: Open each year from Friday on Memorial Day weekend until Columbus Day.

Where: Ohanapecosh is in the southeast corner of the park, 11 miles north of Packwood off state Route 123.

Activities: Camping, hiking, fishing, scenic drives, an interpretive center and easy access to most of the park’s attractions. Silver Springs is a short hike from the campground.

Getting there: Take U.S. 12 through Packwood to state Route 123 north, or follow state Route 410 to Cayuse Pass then go south on state Route 123 to the campground.

Cost: $12-15 per night. Group sites are $40. There is a $15 per vehicle fee, good for seven days, to enter the park.

Of note: It’s highly recommended you reserve a site if you want to camp on the weekend. There are 188 individual sites and one group site. Water, flush toilets, trailer dump stations and a gift shop are in the campground. Some popular sites at the campground were damaged by flooding in 2006.

Information: For reservations call 800-365-2267 or contact the park at 360-569-2211 or go to