Urns Through Time


Coppermine Bottom Campground

From Queets, drive along US 101 for about 5 miles to the Hoh-Clearwater Mainline Road. Turn left, crossing the Queets River, and follow 13 paved miles to C-3000 Road. A one lane bridge over Crocks Creek puts you on a one lane gravel road. Follow for 2 miles. Turn right on C1010 Road. The Campground is one mile down on the left.

This campground is primitive and secluded, maintained by Department of Natural Resources. It is actually in the Olympic Experimental State Forest, also known as the Bert Cole State Forest. There are ten great sites that swing in an arc around one loop on the lovely Clearwater River, a tributary of the Queets. Entering the camp you pass a log shelter on your left, as you continue you find yourself entering an area of cottonwoods and in fact there is an enticing wetlands here that used to have a maintained boardwalk trail. Site two borders this area. Continuing on you find yourself more and more in a Classic temperate rainforest setting. Most of the secluded sites have wonderful little trails leading to the shallow, pebbly bottomed river. The river banks are edged with cottonwoods and the sounds of the gently flowing river with the murmur of the cottonwood trees is delightful.

There are vault toilets, a group shelter and a hand boat launch. Bring your own drinking water.