Gnat Creek Rd | Wild Camping

United States

Details

Last Visited: 20 days ago
GPS: 46.18062, -123.49522
Altitude: 110.3 masl
Place Website:

Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: Yes - Average
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: Natural Source
Toilets: Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Description

**NOT BIG-RIG FRIENDLY!!**

Established Oregon Forestry campground early on the road Gnat Creek campground)- if you continue along the road there are multiple forks, most of them with a camp area at the end (open area with fire pit). If you continue upwards all the way from the first fork it takes you to a large forest cutting operation. I recommend keep right at the first fork. From there you’ll find more forks so take your pick. A lot of trash left in the area (don’t be that person.) I recommend bringing along an extra trash bag to pick some up and dispose of it properly (to makeup for the free camping;)) The road is great - very few pot holes & definitely do-able in a sedan!

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**NOT BIG-RIG FRIENDLY**. Whoever said it IS, clearly does not drive a big rig. We drive a 45' class A with 20' trailer.

We pulled in and crossed the bridge to the toilet / camping area. Stopped and re-read the reviews...and were about to proceed further down the road...some people tent camping waved at us and told us not to proceed further...nowhere to turn around, and pretty dicey conditions (still raining here daily in the PNW in mid-June 2022).

We tried our best to turn around in the large parking lot by the bathrooms, but it was simply not possible without unhooking our trailer (we cannot do 'three-point turns' with the trailer)...even then we need help getting the trailer turned a bit further to reconnect once the bus was turned around.

Not the end of the world, just NOT BIG-RIG FRIENDLY, at all.

Once turned around, we crossed back over the bridge and ended up parking there for the night. There is enough room to pull to the side in that area, although not very level. Possibly we might have been able to turn around there without disconnecting, but in our case we had already crossed the bridge.

If you are in a big rig, just do NOT cross the bridge, and you will be fine! Even better, just choose a different place to stop for the night.

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Good out of the way place for an overnighter. Quiet.

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Beautiful spot. Easy gravel road coming up. No potholes or washboard roads. Any sedan or Class A could make it up here. I just pulled off on one of the many pull-offs. Excellent cell service: full bars TMobile 5G and Verizon LTE. can hear the river below. Barely any car noise since this is a gravel road and away from the main HWY. I would most definitely stay here again.

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Pull out up the hill a bit from the bathroom and campground area. I can see the creek from here, not the most even but excellent service for T-mobile. Trash hidden throughout hillside though, sad to see for such a beautiful place.

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Pretty solid spots! lots of pull offs, great road conditions, lots of trash still. some areas are closed off too the public due to active logging. no gates so you could still drive in so maybe after dark or 5pm you could slip in. great verizon! 35mbs down.

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OHV staging area trailhead. Pit toilet, Verizon service. Large parking area, will accommodate big rigs, no no-parking signs, also lots of room out on the gravel road as well.

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First went to Right Fork > Right Fork > Left Fork but there was some disheveled tarps hanging up, perhaps someone living there. Went back to Right Fork > Left Fork > Left Fork and parked. Sitting around a little fire around 8:30 or so and eventually notice lots of birds making noise. One in particular screeching behind us - it’s an owl. And it’s watching us. It got closer and shrieked more. We took a few pictures and then got in the vehicle. It screeched for a while and then stopped and flew somewhere. Decided to go back out to get our things from around the fire (including our bear spray) and he started screeching again. Thought was done when back inside but then he came to the closest possible branch and continued to screech even when we weren’t talking. Must be territory or nest nearby. Eventually a second one came by the first and they both flew and screeched before going further away and stopping. Do not recommend this particular spot. You will be bothered and they will be distressed.

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So much garbage around. It’s clear that people use this as a place to dump their garbage which is just sad to see. We saw furniture, bagged garbage, and just general trash in random spots as we drove through.

We did find a fairly level spot to spend the night but we wouldn’t suggest this area unless you have room to pick up a bunch of trash to dispose it properly.

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Established Oregon Forestry campground early on the road Gnat Creek campground)- if you continue along the road there are multiple forks, most of them with a camp area at the end (open area w fire pit). If you continue upwards all the way from the first fork it takes you to a large forest cutting operation. I recommend keep right at the first fork. From there you’ll find more forks so take your pick. A lot of trash left in the area (don’t be that person.) I recommend bringing along an extra trash bag to pick some up and dispose of it properly (to makeup for the free camping;)) The road is great - very few pot holes & definitely do-able in a sedan!

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