Camping Registration & Info


There is no registration or fee to attend PCT DAYS each day.  Registration and fees only apply to attendees (thru-hikers included) who want to camp overnight at the event site.  Event staff/volunteers and sponsors may camp for free.  See below for all the info you need.

Due to an increase of past issues and liability, alcohol is not permitted in the camping area on Thunder Island, this will be enforced and monitored by event staff and security for the safety and enjoyment of event attendees.

For Tent Camping on Thunder Island:

1.  Overnight camping on Thunder Island is open to the public for $15 per person, per night or $30 per person for Friday & Saturday nights.  A limited number of camp spaces might be still available during the dates of the event…if so, camp fees are cash only at the gate.  Due to the unpredictably of hiking schedules and no easy way to verify hikers online, 2018 PCT Thru-hikers will be able to pay a discounted rate of $5 per person, per night or $10 per person for Friday & Saturday nights.  All camping fees paid by thru-hikers will be donated to the Pacific Crest Trail Association!  Camp sites are first-come, first-served, but don’t worry, there isn’t a bad camping spot…you’ll be amazed by the beautiful views from Thunder Island!

2.  Upon arrival to the Marine Park, you will be directed where to park by event staff, (parking is free and is only a 5 minute walk from Thunder Island.)  Camping check-in is at the footbridge to Thunder Island.  Please bring a copy of your reservation and a photo ID, which will be checked at the gate to Thunder Island by event staff, (who will also have your name and reservation info on a list.)  Upon checking in, you will receive a wristband so you aren’t hassled for re-entry and so we know who is allowed to camp.  The gate to the island will be monitored 24 hours per day by staff to answer questions and for the safety of event attendees.

For Car-Camping in the Marine Park:

1.  Car camping is a flat rate of $40 per vehicle for Friday and/or Saturday nights in the PCT DAYS Car-Camp zone, which is located on a grass area in the Marine Park.  Due to limited space, no more than 4 people per vehicle and attendees must camp inside of their vehicle, (no tents or sleeping outside next to the vehicle.)  No hookups are available or large RVs beyond 25 feet, (please see below for alternate RV parking / camping.)  No car-camping is permitted in the parking lots of the Marine Park except for the designated area for overnight use.

2.  Upon arrival to the Marine Park, check in with event staff at the “Y” of the road for directions to your parking/camping space, (just after driving under the bridge.)

For those who don’t want to Camp on Thunder Island or have a large RV / Camper vehicle:

Since rooms fill up fast, it is recommended to book your stay in town ASAP!  There are hotels in town and an RV campsite is available in the Marine Park, (reservations are encouraged by calling 541.374.8619.)  Visit this link for lodging options in Cascade Locks:

Camping  Information & Rules: 

1. Alcohol is not permitted on Thunder Island or the overnight car camp area, this will be enforced by event staff and security 24 hours per day of the event.

2. To minimize waste and the risk of injuries, there is a no glass policy at PCT DAYS.  If you show up with glass, you will not be permitted to enter the event and camping area.

3.  No camping on Thunder Island or in the PCT DAYS car-camp area is permitted on Thursday or Sunday nights.  Camping opens at 9am on Friday, August 18th and ends at 11am on Sunday, August 20th.  Please respect your neighbor if camped close to someone else.  Although there is plenty of space for everyone, you may be within 20 ft of another tent or within 5 feet of another vehicle.

4.  No campfires are allowed.  No grills, but small hiking / camping stoves are ok and you may bring coolers, food, non-alcoholic beverages, etc.  Please avoid glass bottles of any kind.  Also, please leave dogs at home that have a tendency to bark frequently or that have issues with other dogs or crowds of people.  Be sure to bring bags to clean up after your dog and keep them leashed as much as possible. 

5.  Please don’t relieve yourself on Thunder Island!  The bathrooms and portable toilets are only 100-200 yards away from Thunder Island and located throughout the Marine Park.

6.  Please observe that quiet hours in the Marine Park are 10:30 pm-7am, this will be enforced by event staff and security.

7.  24 hr. event security staff will be at PCT DAYS to ensure to the safety of attendees and to keep watch over the area overnight.  Security staff will be in plain clothes and not carrying weapons to avoid a “police presence feel” at the event.  If necessary, security staff will be prepared to contact local authorities in the case of an incident or medical emergency.  Please keep valuables such as wallets, cell phones, etc. on hand at all times during the event.

8.  Anyone under 18 years old may camp for free, but must be accompanied by a legal guardian.