There is a backpacker's campsite at White River near the historic structure adjacent to the Wonderland Trail. It's small, but there is some space outside of its confines you might use if others are there.
I went there after Labor Day to meet a work crew the next day. The guy at Paradise said no problem, no rush. There was only one or two crummy spots left which filled right away, in fact someone tried to take my spot when I went back to register (I left stuff there).
I did notice in the nicer loop there were so sites that were not taken until the following night so I moved over to there.
Not really, 4th of July will be allot worse than after Labor Day weekend.
I would reserve at OHANAPECOSH CAMPGROUND, WA. - about 45 min away
Other options would be to go to a NFS campground, or to do dispersed camping in the NF, except with 4th of July and you not knowing the area I would just opt for a nice spot on the river at OHANAPECOSH CAMPGROUND, WA. Not sure of the drive time Google says about 45 min ,but would be worth it over getting to white river and no camp spot.
You could reserve and look for a spot in White River, but that would mean paying at both places, and allot of driving around if you can't get a spot a white river.
There is a backcountry site at Sunrise, less than a mile in - I think, Not sure how far in advance you could reserve that, esp since it is on the Wonderland Trail, but that might work. Lots of day hikers etc. I camped there once and day hiked back to my camp the next day, and then back to my car on another trail to make a great loop the next day.
Or if you are coming from Seattle and not visiting the south side of Rainier (I guess there is a place at White River for climber to check in?, then maybe reserve a site along 410, though if you have to check in the day before rather than the day of your climb (too early) than not sure which would be better,
Thanks. I went ahead and reserved a spot for July 4 & 5 at Silver Springs CG just outside the north entrance. Looks like a short drive to White River and an easy drive to/from town.
Climbers on the northern & western routes pick up their permits at White River RS. I climbed from the Paradise previously and stayed in Ashford. I've camped at Ohana and it's really out of the way unless you're coming from Goat Rocks.
Silver Springs CG just outside the north entrance. Looks like a short drive to White River and an easy drive to/from town.
Good choice. The drive up from Seattle is a couple of hours, assuming you don't get stuck in traffic (okay, that's a dumb assumption unless you go at 2 a.m.). I can't remember how far from there to WR, but it will take longer than it looks on paper, and there may be a delay at the park boundary.