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 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 (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.
There is room for five tents at Neve Camp, and the spots are spaced out so it doesn’t feel crowded. 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, and there is also an outdoor toilet. It 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 this spot isn’t for everyone, 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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Check out my post about Sahale Glacier if you want a more challenging adventure in the North Cascades.