Trail Tips from Central Washington Outdoor

Trail Tips from Central Washington Outdoor


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In Central Washington, experiencing the outdoors is in our nature. We are committed to inspiring your love and appreciation for the natural world, but we also aim to help you protect and care for it, as well as stay safe as you explore it. We're happy to help you discover your passion for the wilderness, learn how to navigate it safely, improve your on-trail experience, and lessen your impact on the places you love for adventurers of the present and future.






Choosing a Tent Site

Selecting an appropriate campsite is perhaps the most important aspect of low-impact backcountry use. A decision about where to camp should be based on information about the level and type of use in the area, the fragility of vegetation and soil, the likelihood of wildlife disturbance, an assessment of previous impacts, and your party's potential to cause or avoid impact.



Avoid camping close to water and trails, and select a site that is not easily visible to others. Camping 200 feet away from the water's edge is recommended because it allows access routes for wildlife. Overall, keep in mind that good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not usually necessary.

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