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    Tent camping near Post Canyon?

    Headed to Hood River this weekend for some riding, and I'd like to try camping this time instead of staying in town. Is there anywhere close by for that sort of thing? Most of the places I'm finding online are closer to Mt. Hood and a bit of a drive considering Double Mountain and pFriem are also on the agenda.

    Thanks for any tips, even if it's just remote wilderness stuff. Not looking for showers or any amenities like that, I don't mind roughing it
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    Team Dirt just camped out at Viento State Park which is about halfway between the Gorge and Hood River proper. It's also right by the railroad and I84. Seems like they had fun.

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    Thanks!
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    There's US Forest Service camps at Eagle Creek and Wyeth and Memaloose State park to the east of HR should Viento be full.

    Oh and Tucker County Park north of HR on Dee Highway.
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    Excellent, much appreciated. Going to be a hot weekend in the woods!
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    There are some camp sites at Laurence Lake. It's about 20 minutes south of Hood River, but close to Solera Brewing in Parkdale. The campground can get a little white trashy at times, but the swimming is great.

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    Some swimming will definitely be a nice touch this weekend, good tip.

    I've never heard of Forest Service camps before, are those back country sites off forest roads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarekith View Post
    Some swimming will definitely be a nice touch this weekend, good tip.

    I've never heard of Forest Service camps before, are those back country sites off forest roads?
    Some are. Usually more primitive than State Parks. Often with no utitilities except maybe water and have pit toilets. The two I mentioned are actually right off I 84.
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    I used to camp down here a lot before I bought a house. You may have problems with availability at area campgrounds, they really fill up this time of year. Some of the other places we used:
    (1) Maryhill state park (a bit of a haul, but a really nice place located on the Columbia River about 45 minutes east of Hood River). Can be tough to get a spot here...
    (2) Brooks Memorial Campground- Even further away, up on Satus Pass, but a decent place that gets nice and cool even in August due to elevation. This is the only place that usually has last minute space heading into a weekend in the summer.
    (3) Horsethief Lake Park (I think it is called Columbia Hills or something like that)- Just past the Dalles on the WA side, it is the closest one to HR. Also fills up in advance like Maryhill, but have snagged last minute space a few times. There are pictographs and petroglyphs here on the rocks that are worth checking out too.

    I think these are all searchable online here Good luck!

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    Excellent, really appreciate all the info from everyone.
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    Just wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions again. Ended up staying at Tucker Park which was much nicer than I was expected. Plenty of sites available all weekend, and it was great having the river nearby to chill in after a ride. Very quiet too, which is rare for public camping like that.

    Those Post Canyon trails are an excellent trail system, can't wait to go back and explore some more!
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