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a VirtualTourist member from Huntington Beach

Olympic National Park

No showers in Hoh campgrounds!

I've just found out that none of the campgrounds in Olympic National Park have showers. That includes the Hoh campground which we hope to visit in August. I was wondering:
Would a splashing at the river keep us from stinking too badly?
Would it be worth to try those camping showers?
Would it be permitted to use one in Hoh campground?


5 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Leonardtown

When we camped, we just washed up in the sink. We called it a sponge bath. Of course in those days most people didn't have showers. As to whether that would keep you from stinking - depends on how well you wash and how much you stink.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

Sure - some of the campgrounds have running water so just do a wash-up from a bucket.

LOL, the Hoh gets SO much rain that you could throw on a swimsuit at the first sign of a shower and let Mother Nature give you a rinse-off! :)

I have read reports of coin-op showers at a store in LaPush but haven't been able to get definitive info on that. Ask the rangers when you arrive at the park?

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Huntington Beach

I think we will try that bucket idea.
I've heard there are paying showers in Quinalt area, also we thought of reserving a room in forks just for cleaning up. But the drive would be rather long, correct? We want to spend our time hiking.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sacramento

We got a solar shower and it worked fine. Just don't try an early morning shower; it's VERY cold then. Let the water heat in the sun and take your shower in the evening and it is great.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Lents

That's strange because I remember some of the campgrounds up there having them (Staircase in particular) - but that was quite a while back.

The state parks that have camping facilities also offer pay shower facilities, and there are a few of those scattered all over the Olympic Peninsula. Could get expensive though due to the new day use fee at state camp grounds, plus the pay showers are not too cheap. However, that is what at least one source suggests doing:
"Showers - Available at Sequim Bay, Bogachiel, Dosewallips, and Lake Cushman State Parks. Contact local Chambers of Commerce for privately-owned facilities."

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