Neve Camp | North Cascades Backpacking
Over the river and through the woods to Neve Camp we go!
Located just 2.5 miles down Thunder Creek trail in North Cascades National Park, Neve Camp (pronounced nev-AY) is a backcountry backpacking adventure that doesn’t require much effort.
Sure, it’s not for everyone – being such a short hike and all. But it was perfect for Tove and me over Memorial Day weekend. We’re beginners when it comes to backpacking, so Neve Camp was a great place to get our feet wet.
Although it’s less than three miles from Colonial Creek Campground (where you park for this backpacking adventure – map), you still feel like you’re out in the wilderness. The path down to Neve Camp is well off the main trail and it sits right along Thunder Creek (the video above shows that it runs more like a river than a creek).
There is only room for five tents at Neve Camp, and the designated camping spots are spaced out so it doesn’t feel crowded at all. If you’re staying overnight, you are required to get a backcountry camping permit from the Marblemount Ranger Station (map) before you go.
Neve Camp has easy access to water thanks to a small creek that runs through the campground (we use a MSR SweetWater Microfilter), and there is also an outdoor toilet. Neve Camp is also conveniently located near other hiking trails in North Cascades National Park, including Fourth of July Pass (which Tove and I proudly conquered).
While Neve Camp isn’t for everyone (especially those that scoff at the idea of only hiking 2.5 miles to backpack), Tove and I would never hesitate to go back there again. We loved falling asleep to the sound of Thunder Creek and waking up to sun light punching through the dense forest. It’s an extremely pleasant place to post up for an adventure to North Cascades National Park.
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