This primitive campground is just east of Ashland on a mountaintop. The National Monument itself is run by the Bureau of Land Management and lacks many of the traditional National Park system amenities. For us, we didn't mind the simplicity of the park, and we found its lack of visitors refreshing. The road to the park is windy and is not really suited for rigs much over 30 feet. As you drive up and out of the dry, grassy rolling hills of Ashland, you will see the forest treeline emerge, and eventually you will find yourself in the pine forest. Temperatures up here are also much cooler in this 4,000 foot elevation compared to Ashland. There are three loops in the campground. Loops A and B intertwine and Loop C is separated by what used to be Hyatt Lake. Dueing our 2021 visit the lake level was so low, that just a dry lakebed separated the loops. The lake is low, but still exists and offers beautiful views of the Cascade Range. Kayaking and small watercraft are perfect here, bit boat ramps during our visit were not usable due to low lake levels. The campground is set amongst a pine forest and offers lots of shade and spacious sites. Interior roads and site pads are level and paved. Sites are primitive with no hookups, but you will find water spigots throughout camp. There is no water fill, but there is a dump station. Sites offer picnic tables, fire pits, and we found a huge pile of chopped firewood at our site! Almost all sites in Loop C offer lake views and several of the sites in Loop A offer lake views. The PCT passes through camp and a separate campground is available for hikers. Other than the PCT, there is not hiking from camp, so expect quite days relaxing at camp or the lake. There is a good playground for young kids, horseshoe pits, group fire circle, fish cleaning station, and a group camp.
Best Sites: 8, 10, 11, 13, Loop C
Poor Sites: 6, 24
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes