I'm looking for recommendations on where to do some back-country/wilderness camping in the Seattle/Portland area from around Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Details inside.
My wife and I are interested doing some back-country (i.e. not an established campground) camping somewhere in the Seattle/Portland vicinity starting on August 31. I realize that is Labor Day weekend, but I am hoping to find a secluded area that won't be too crowded that we can backpack into and stay for a few days (i.e. not hike and set up camp somewhere new every day).
My understanding is that there are some sites that have a limited quota and you have to make a reservation in advance, but that other sites you can get a permit the day before or day of and there is no quota on how many people can be in that area.
We will be starting in Seattle on Aug. 31, so we are hoping to go somewhere not too far from there. Olympic National Park looks especially enticing, so recommendations on where to camp there would be appreciated. Or would it be more advantageous to go somewhere else since ONP will be too crowded?
Other criteria that would be a plus are breathtaking scenery, mountainous lakes, hot springs, access to good day hikes, solitude, and not too far of a hike from the trail head (less than 5 miles)
I saw this previous question
, but that question focused on drive-up camping, and I am interested in back-country camping. Thanks!