We arrived at Pine Rest Campground amid sprinkles and the fear that we would be settling into a raining day. And we almost headed south in search of milder weather... fortunately I won the argument and we totally lucked out with this little spot. Typically we've been avoiding campgrounds in favor of finding hidden gems off the beaten path, but this campground was completely empty. There wasn't a soul around and the area was beautiful. All the fall colors mixed with the scent of a wood burning fire was the perfect way to enjoy the quick autumn season.
Another plus was that it had a covered little building where we were able to build an enormous warm fire. Not to mention the peaceful Metolious River was gurgling right past our site. Such a relaxing little area to find ourselves in. So we set up camp and took the doggies for a run along the river. After wearing them (and let's be honest, us!) out, we settled in to enjoy the sights and smells. Definitely recommend this area for off season camping. Something tells me that in-season would be a total cluster to actually find an open spot. Alright, that's all for now! Happy Monday!
Hiking Difficulty: Easy
Length of Hike: No hiking needed.
Mileage from Portland: 182 miles
Road to Arrival: Paved
Dog Friendly: Dog Friendly. There are leash rules, but as the only campers we ignored those.
Elevation: 2,900 Feet
Bathrooms: Yes. One small his and hers out house.
Parking: Parking for 1 van
NW Forest Pass: There was a site fee
On our drive back we stumbled on Lost Lake. Panorama was a must.