At 4,400 feet elevation, the White River Campground melts out a bit later than other Mount Rainier campgrounds, but that’s okay. You’ll want to save your trip here for late July or early August anyway when the wildflowers that carpet subalpine meadows 12 miles up the road at Sunrise are in full bloom.
Campsites directly on the river are the most spacious and enjoy the view of Mt. Rainier towering overhead. No RV hookups, and the sites are small for RVs of any size, but perfect for tent campers. Hike right from the campground if you want–the Wonderland Trail passes right through here, and the Glacier Basin Trail begins here– it takes day hikers to the snout of Emmons Glacier and eventually makes its way to the summit.
Need a hiking guide to Mt. Rainier for your camping trips? Try Day Hiking: Mount Rainier by Dan Nelson, published by The Mountaineers Books.
Location: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
campground info | 360-569-2170
Details: 112 sites. No group sites. $12 a night. Late June – September. Water and flush toilets. No reservations; all sites are first-come, first-serve, so have some backup campgrounds in mind (Silver Springs and The Dalles are nearby).
photo: White River by Einahpets32.