We left a very smoky home midafternoon hoping to get out of the smoke by heading north into the mountains, but were disappointed that the smoke followed us. It was better than home, but still present. Even Mt Hood was obscured by the smoke haze.
We were headed to Nottingham Forest Service Campground in the Mt Hood National Forest, on hwy 35. We had heard about this campground on the East Fork of the Hood River so decided it would be our first stay on this trip. We are so glad we made that choice. What a nice secluded and quiet campground it is.
Many of the sites are on the river and the site we chose (Site 20) is at the end of the right hand loop. It is a large site that could easily handle a large motor home, but was perfect for our little Lance trailer.
We arrived about 4 in the afternoon, set up camp and took our chairs to the riverside for our afternoon happy hour. Later in the evening we were visited by two does with their half grown fawns. They were not the least afraid of us.
As we settled in for the night, we fell asleep listening to the soothing sound of the river on its way back to the ocean.
What a perfect camp for our first night of this trip.
Nottingham Campground, Mt Hood National Forest
The campground has pit toilets, but no water. It is open from May to October and is at 3200 foot elevation. It is listed at 32 ft maximum RV length, but site 20 can easily hold a large rig. There are several sites than can accommodate RVs that are 32 feet. There is no phone service.