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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Our first two weeks of Fall have come and gone and new campground projects are already underway. Leaves are turning color, the nights are becoming crisp and cool and days are still sunny and warm. With the end of an amazing and busy summer behind us I thought it fitting to do a summer recap blog for those that have been following us since the beginning. We have been blessed by so many of you who have been kind enough to stop in and give us compliments on our progress so far. It’s humbling to have so many friends, new and old, who have captured our vision for Elk Ridge and want to see her shine in the Nile Valley like she did back in her hay-day.

Looking back is sometimes challenging for us since we are always excited about “what’s next” but I will give it a try :) Here are just a few highlights from our first summer at Elk Ridge Campground:


We hosted three outdoor weddings in our meadow on the Naches River. They were unique, beautiful and unforgettable as much to us as to the Bride and Groom on their special day.


We also hosted several family reunions that booked part or all of the entire campground. Sorry folks, we now consider ourselves part of your families and you are STUCK with us!



New Sign!

Our website was launched and now has online booking capabilities. In the offline world,  we brought in over 300 tons of new gravel. Meanwhile, our vintage neon sign was restored to it’s original Union 76 colors, blue and orange.



Several international travelers chose us for impromptu stays on their journeys. We hosted campers from Spain, Switzerland, France, Holland, Germany and Sweden.


Our location next to Jim Sprick Community Park enabled us to offer accommodations during events like Nile Valley Days in July and Chinook Fest in September.




tvMore recently, we installed a 106 inch HD projector screen in our multipurpose room so our hunters (
and other 12’s) can watch the Seahawks this Fall.
We plan to use this in the future for movies as well!






And MOST importantly……..


Elk Ridge Campground gained Tim Hoefer as a full time resident, owner, operator, visionary and one of a kind campground host. :)

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It was a busy summer, but are so very excited for the days, months and seasons ahead! Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you who have made our first summer as hosts of Elk Ridge Campground a success and beautiful memory!!  Tim and I appreciate your encouragement and support!



Happy Trails,




Picture Perfect Mountain Pass


Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves on a routine drive over Chinook pass to be sure the the majestic view that takes over is real. For Tim, this scene appears on weekly (and sometimes daily) commute, back and forth from East to West. For me, it’s a breathtaking reminder that the stillness of nature can quiet even the loudest of stressors.

All too often, before moving to Elk Ridge, we would discuss our campground with friends, neighbors, acquaintances, strangers….. whomever would listen, only to find out that a very large number of the population does not know about or have ever heard of Chinook Pass. Navigational terms and directions just don’t do the picture perfect mount pass justice. There are no words…..

I think it’s time we spread the news, don’t you? After all, good things are meant to be shared.

Taken this morning, the above picture is at Tipsoo lake, located at the summit of Chinook Pass on State Route 410. In the “distance”, Mount Rainier. Continue over the top and in less than 30 minutes you’ll reach milepost 103 and Elk Ridge Campground. Come on over for a visit, and bring your camera; you’ll be glad you did!

Happy Trails,