35 Of The Best Places To Go Camping in Oregon

With its varied landscapes including coastal beaches, mountains, many forests, and even farmland, camping in Oregon is an unforgettable experience.

There are no shortage of campgrounds in Oregon. Oregon has 11 national forests, 361 state parks, and 50 named mountain ranges. In coastal western Oregon you’ll find beautiful beaches and ocean views. Central Oregon boasts many forests and mountains. One of these is the well-known Mount Hood, a dormant volcano that’s the centerpiece of Mount Hood National Forest.

Southwestern Oregon’s Umpqua River is where the state record Chinook salmon was caught. It’s said to be the state’s best fishing for salmon, steelhead, and trout. Eastern Oregon is mostly high desert with rugged canyons and mountains.

No matter where you are in Oregon, there’s somewhere great for you to camp. Here you’ll find some of the best Tent Camping, Free Camping, Yurt Camping, RV Camping, and of course, Coastal Camping in Oregon.

Best Tent Camping in Oregon

Whether you’re looking for a wilderness adventure, a historical site, or just a quiet nature getaway, this list includes somewhere in Oregon you’ll be excited to stay. With the right tent for you, any of these campsites is a great place to stop and explore Oregon.

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Lost Lake Campground and Resort

Lost Lake, Oregon

Lost Lake Campground is a popular place for good reason. It is in Mt. Hood National Forest, situated between Lost Lake and the glacial Mount Hood. Here you’ll find breathtaking views, along with activities for everyone.

Attractions include the hiking and biking trails, old growth boardwalk near the campground, and lake access with canoe and kayak rentals. Go fishing, birdwatching, or visit one of the nearby waterfalls. The campground is adjacent to a resort and provides group, family, and single campsites as well as cabins, yurts, and lodge rooms for rent.

Nearby Attractions

  • Columbia River Gorge
  • Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum
  • Mt. Hood

Silver Falls State Park

South Falls At Silver Falls State Park

This state park spans over 9,000 acres and offers over 35 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Even more impressive, it’s home to the famous Trail of Ten Falls, which passes several waterfalls and descends through the forest to a creek.

This Oregon campground has tent sites, RV spots, and cabins, a horse campground, and group tent and RV camps. There is a day-use area with a playground, and off-leash area for dogs. Your pets, included horses, are welcomed. Hot showers and restrooms are available.

Nearby Attractions

  • Oregon Garden
  • Silver Falls
  • Trail of Ten Falls

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park Wizard Island and Watchman Peak Oregon at Sunset
Crater Lake National Park, Wizard Island and Watchman Peak Oregon at Sunset

This beautiful national park has two campgrounds as well as various hiking trails. Mazama Campground takes reservations and accommodates RVs and tents. Lost Creek Campground is first-come first-served and only accommodates tents.

Both campgrounds are in the forest near Crater Lake, and only open in the summer. Both Mazama and Lost Creek Campground are wonderful sites to enjoy the stunning Crater Lake as well as surrounding nature and wildlife.

Nearby Attractions

  • Crater Lake
  • Whitehorse Falls
  • Pinnacles Overlook Hike

Coldwater Cove Campground

Foggy View of Windswept Trees and and Island in the Columbia River Gorge
Foggy View of Windswept Trees and and Island in the Columbia River Gorge

Cold Water Cove Campground is located in the Willamette National Forest. This campground features views of the beautiful turquoise colored Clear Lake and ancient lava fields. Nearby are the Three Sisters Mountain and Mt. Washington. Picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water are available.

 During the day, Cold Water Cove Campground is a wonderful place for water activities. In the evening, consider attending a nature talk at the amphitheater in the nearby Clear Lake Day Use Area.

Nearby Attractions

  • Clear Lake Trail
  • Sahalie Falls
  • Santiam Wagon Road Trail

Sparks Lake

Mountain Reflection on Sparks Lake
Mountain Reflection on Sparks Lake

Surrounded in the Deschutes National Forest near the North Sisters and Broken Top Peaks, the shallow Sparks Lake is a great place to hike, canoe, and stargaze. After sunset, the Aurora Borealis sometimes make an appearance, and several varieties of trout populate the lake.

Nearby Attractions

  • Aurora Borealis and stargazing
  • Tumalo Mountain
  • Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Milo McIver State Park

Reflections on the Clackamas River, Oregon
Reflections on the Clackamas River in Oregon

Rivers, forests, fields, and hiking trails make Milo McIver State Park a scenic area to explore. You won’t be bored with the abundance of activities available at the state park.  You can canoe, kayak, or raft in the Clackamas river. Plenty of trails are nearby to hike or ride horseback.

 If you enjoy fishing, then you’ll love this campsite. The site has good access to Estacada Lake and the Clackamas River. Both rivers host varieties of fish, including Chinook salmon and Steelhead.

Non-fishers won’t be bored, either. You can tour the Clackamas Fish Hatchery, play disc golf at the 27-hole course, or participate in family-oriented crafts and guided hikes. McIver State Park has tent sites, electrical sites, and group camping areas.  

Nearby Attractions

  • Jonsrund Viewpoint
  • Eagle Fern Park
  • Clackamas Fish Hatchery

Prineville Reservoir State Park

Prineville Reservoir, near Prineville, Oregon
Prineville Reservoir, near Prineville, Oregon

In the high desert, water from the Ochoco Mountain Range feeds the Crooked River. These rivers as well as the Bowman Dam form the Prineville reservoir.  The Prineville Reservoir State Park campgrounds are walking distance from the river with wonderful fishing, boat ramps, water activities, and hiking trails.

Tent sites, RV sites, and hot showers are available. Prineville Reservoir State Park can get full quickly, so reservations are recommended.

Nearby Attractions

  • Painted Hills
  • Crooked River Scenic Drive
  • Crooked River Canyon

Toketee Lake

Toketee Falls Oregon
Toketee Falls, Oregon

Toketee Lake Campground is conveniently situated by the Toketee Lake, Toketee Falls, and North Umpqua Trail. The lake is said to have some of Oregon’s best German brown trout fishing.

Nature lovers will appreciate the variety of wildlife including eagles, beavers, kingfishers, and other animals. The trail is a favorite among horseback riders, hikers, and bikers.

Nearby Attractions

  • Umpqua Hot Springs
  • Hiking trails
  • German brown trout fishing

Summit Lake

Horses in front of the beautiful mountains of North Sister and Middle Sister, part of the Cascade Mountain Range that runs through Oregon.

Summit Lake is a small, quiet, remote mountain lake in the Cascade Mountains on the southern border of Diamond Peak Wilderness. This lake boasts clear sapphire water, sand beaches, huckleberries, and views of the shield volcano Diamond Peak. You can kayak or canoe out to an island in the lake and camp with little concern of noisy neighbors. During the day, the nearby Pacific Crest Trail is a scenic place to bike or hike.

This area is difficult to get to because of bad road access and late snowmelt. Even so, if you’re looking for an adventure, beautiful views, and solitude, this might be just the place for you. If Summit Lake sounds a little too adventurous, consider one of the other campgrounds in the Cascade Range such as Crescent Lake campground, with similar views but less remote.

Nearby Attractions

  • Summit Lake Trailhead
  • Huckleberries when in season
  • Shield volcano Diamond Peak

Eagle Creek Campground

Punch Bowl Falls waterfall on Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge
Punch Bowl Falls waterfall on Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge

Eagle Creek Campground is in the middle of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It’s home to the popular Eagle Creek trail and provides access to other hiking trails, as well as Mt. Hood National Forest and Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.

This campground is located in a Douglas fir and maple forest, and osprey nest overhead. During the day, you can enjoy bird watching, water activities, and hiking. Other nearby attractions include the Cascade Locks museum, salmon fishing in the nearby Columbia river, the Multnomah falls, and the Bonneville dam and fish hatchery.

Nearby Attractions

  • Eagle Creek Trail
  • Osprey nests
  • Cascade Locks museum

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Champoeg State Park in Oregon
Looking up at the trees in Champoeg State Park, Oregon

If you’re a history lover, you’ll appreciate a chance to enjoy both rich history and nature. Visit the parks visitor center, Pioneer Mothers Log Cabin museums, and Newell house, or take a guided walk to learn about when Champoeg was a pioneer town.

Definitely plan a stop the Historic Butteville store, opened in 1863 one of the oldest operating stores in Oregon. The store is conveniently located near the campground. Champoeg also has several trails for hiking or biking through the forests and fields.

Nearby Attractions

  • Visitor Center and Newell House
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Historic Butteville Store

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Camping in Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Cottonwood Canyon State Park in the desert area of Oregon

Cottonwood Canyon State Park encompasses over 8,000 acres of cliffs, rivers, grasslands, and canyons. Hike the Pinnacles Trail, Hard Stone Trail, or Lost Corral Trail. If you’re feeling adventurous, explore the back country ranching roads.

 Other activities include fishing in the John Day River, boating or kayaking, and horseback riding. Be sure to bring plenty of water because this site only has drinking water at the day-use area and campground.

Nearby Attractions

  • Rugged, vast lands and canyons
  • John Day River
  • Hiking trails and back country roads

Best Free Camping in Oregon

From mountain lakes to mining camps to volcanic fissures, this list has a campsite for everyone. If you’re looking for a place to stop and breathtaking scenery for a little bit less, you’ll be interested in these wonderful free campgrounds in Oregon.

This is a good place to start exploring free camping in Oregon. However, if you want a little extra help getting started, check out this guide to everything free camping.

Crane Prairie Campground

Deschute National Forest Bend, Oregon
Canoers in Deschute National Forest Bend, Oregon

Crane Prairie Campground is in the Deschutes National Forest on the east shore of the Crane Prairie Reservoir, with views of Mt. Bachelor and the South Sister Mountain. It’s a wonderful place to go birdwatching, hiking, swimming, or boating.

Because of the abundance of fish in the reservoir and nearby fisheries, Crane Prairie Campground is popular with anglers. If you enjoy boating, Crane Prairie Campground offers access to the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. This byway passes through multiple high lakes with views of several nearby mountains.

Nearby Attractions

  • Mt. Bachelor
  •  Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
  • Crane Prairie Reservoir

Green Mountain Camp Site

Camping in Oregon

This site provides a more primitive camping experience, perfect for the camper looking for a chance to find a bit of solitude and enjoy nature. A chance to camp at Green Mountain is worth braving the rough access road. First, it’s a great place to experience the volcanic scenery of the Fort Rock area. Cinder cones and lava fields are common. Also, it’s conveniently located near the famous Crack in the Ground, a volcanic fissure about 2 miles long.

Nearby Attractions

  • Cinder cones and lava flows
  • Four Craters Lava Field
  • Crack in the Ground

Upper Lake Creek Campground

Small waterfall at Lake Creek in Oregon
Small waterfall at Lake Creek in Oregon

Upper Lake Creek Campgrounds are located at the headwaters of Lake Creek in a recreation management area that encompasses over 15,000 acres. The Hult Reservoir and Upper Lake Creek are great for water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, and warm water fishing.

If you’d like to explore the wilderness, the rugged forest roads are accessible on foot and on horseback. Not far from the campground is Salem District’s Alsea Recreation Area.

Nearby Attractions

  • Hult Reservoir
  • Upper Lake Creek
  • Forest Roads

Mineral Camp Campground

Oregon Camping

Mineral Camp Campground offers some of the best camping in Oregon. This campground was once where miners would stay on their way to work in the Bohemia Mining District. It’s beside Sharps Creek, surrounded by ferns, moss, and Douglas firs for a true camping in the woods feel. Pan for gold in Sharps Creek, hike the Hardscrabble Trail or Fairview Creek Trail, or just enjoy exploring the woods.

Nearby Attractions

  • Hardscrabble Trail
  • Sharps Creek
  • Cascades Raptor Center

Mt. Ashland Campground

Mt. Ashland Thunderstorm
Thunderstorm brewing at Mt. Ashland

Not too far from Ashland, but far enough for a true mountain camping experience, Mt. Ashland Campground is a quiet spot filled with wildflowers, butterflies, and birds. The campsite has access to the Pacific Crest Trail, America’s second longest trail, as well as the Siskiyou Crest.  It isn’t usually too busy, but you might see a few hikers going past.

Nearby Attractions

  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Siskiyou Crest
  • Schneider Museum of Art

Hubert K. Mcbee Memorial Park

Alsea falls in the Oregon coast range
Alsea falls in Oregon

Hubert K. Mcbee Memorial Park is owned by the Hull Oakes Timber company. Although it’s free, you must call the company to make reservations, so be sure to plan ahead before you pitch your tent. The site is along a large creek with hiking trails to Alsea and Green Peak falls. There’s a swimming hole, outhouses, and a beautiful landscape full of ferns and trees.

Nearby Attractions

  • Mary’s Peak Trail
  • Alsea Falls Recreation Site
  • Green Peak Falls

Cape Arago State Park

Pacific ocean at Cape Arago State Park, Oregon
Pacific ocean at Cape Arago State Park, Oregon

Cape Arago juts out into the Pacific Ocean, and with the variety of wildlife, beach access, and fishing, it just might be one of the best places you can camp for free in Oregon.

There are two trails, the south cove trail and north cove trail.  Down the south cove trail is a sandy beach where you can explore tide pools and watch for whales. The north cove trail leads to the off-shore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island, and provides fishing access. Picnic tables and restrooms are available.

Nearby Attractions

  • South Cove Trail and North Cove Trail
  • Shore Acres State Park
  • Cape Arago Lighthouse

Best Yurt Camping in Oregon

Camping doesn’t have to be about roughing it in the wilderness. It can certainly be a luxurious experience if you know where to stay and what to bring.

If you love nature but would appreciate comforts a bit more like home, then renting a yurt might be a great option for you. From ocean beaches to mountain lakes, these are some of the best places for yurt camping in Oregon.

Link Creek

Link Creek Oregon
Link Creek running through the Cascade Mountains

Link Creek campground is on the shore of the deep, clear Suttle Lake in a mixed conifer forest. Fishing is excellent, and Link Creek, which empties into the lake, is clear enough to view spawning fish. Besides water activities, hiking and mountain biking trails loop the Suttle Lake with plenty of opportunities for picnicking.

 Link Creek and Suttle Lake are part of Deschutes National Forest, so explore the surrounding forest or drive the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway through the mountains. The yurts are available for reservation year-round, but pets are not allowed.

Nearby Attractions

  • Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Suttle Lake
  • Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

Lost Creek State Recreation Site

Hiking Trail at Lost Creek Lake
Lost Creek Lake hiking trial

For some seriously gorgeous camping in Oregon, Lost Creek is the perfect spot. Two yurts are available for reservation at Lost Creek, so be sure to plan ahead. The campground is near paved Lost Creek Nature Trail, the Wild and Scenic Sandy River, fishing areas, and the Ramona Falls Trailhead. Lost Creek is part of the Mt. Hood National Forest, meaning that the campground is just close enough to the mountain for some sightseeing or a day trip.

Nearby Attractions

  • Lost Creek Nature Trail
  • Ramona Falls Trailhead
  • Mt. Hood

Sunset Bay State Park

Camping in Sunset Bay State Park
Sunset Bay State Park

Sandy beaches, sea cliffs, and beach access make Sunset Bay State Park an ideal place to rent a comfortable yurt and enjoy some serious Oregon camping. Hike or bike the trails that connect this site to Cape Arago and Shore Acres, while enjoying the ocean views, and coastal forests.

Nearby Attractions

  • Bastendorff Beach
  • Charleston Marine Life Center
  • Coos History Museum

Beachside State Recreation Site

Beachside State Recreation Area

This small campground along miles of beach is a good base for exploring the surrounding area. The campsites are close to the beach, which makes this is an ideal site for storm watching and sunset photography. Beachside State Recreation Area also has two yurts that can be rented out for some fun glamping in Oregon!

Plan visits to various visitor centers, lighthouses, and hiking trails. Also, tide pools, water activities, and fishing opportunities are available nearby. Otherwise, watch for whales and enjoy the beach.  

Nearby Attractions

  • The Chocolate Frog
  • Thor’s Well
  • Seal Rock State Park

Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area

Devil's Lake State Recreation Area
Hiking Trail in Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area

Watch for all sorts of wildlife at this Oregon camping recreation area just a few miles from Lincoln City. Just a short walk away, you’ll find ocean beaches to explore. Boat, swim, kayak or canoe, and wander downtown Lincoln City. Ten yurts are available for rental, and tent and RV camp sites are available as well.

Nearby Attractions

  • Green Acres Equestrian Center
  • Read’s Homemade Candy
  • Roads End State Recreation Site

Best RV Camping in Oregon

Why live in a tent when you could drive your home with you? RV camping in Oregon is a wonderful way to experience all Oregon has to offer. If you don’t own an RV, consider renting one for a new camping experience.

If you plan on doing an RV camping trip in Oregon, check out these RV camping resources:

Glenyan RV Park & Campground

Sunset at Emigrant Lake near Ashland Oregon
Sunset at Emigrant Lake near Ashland Oregon

This RV Park is along the Neil Creek and is a peaceful spot to enjoy nature. While you’re here, explore the city of Ashland, swim in the heated pool, and fish or boat at the nearby Emigrant Lake.

Nearby Attractions

  • Lithia Park
  • Mount Ashland
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival at the end of October

Catfish Junction RV Park

Camping Near Hells Canyon in Oregon
Hell’s Canyon, Oregon

Nearby Attractions

  • Heavens Gate Lookout
  • Snake river
  • Four Rivers Cultural Center & Museum

Located on the Snake River, stop at this RV Park to enjoy the quiet countryside and some of the best catfishing in Oregon. Tube the river, boat, or swim. Later, watch wildlife or play some outdoor games. The park offers restrooms and showers, a convenience store, and boat ramps.

Junipers Reservoir RV Resort

Camping near Fremont-Winema National Forest
Fremont-Winema National Forest

Junipers Reservoir RV Resort is on a 6,000 acre ranch in Lakeview, Oregon. Hike, bike, fish, play outdoor games, or watch for wildlife. The ranch boasts antelope, mule deer, eagles, ground squirrels, as well as many other animals.

Free WiFi, drinking water, bathrooms and showers, and an open air pavilion are available. In 2017, Junipers Reservoir was named one of the top ten most scenic campgrounds by Rover Pass. It’s definitely one of the best RV campsites in Oregon.

Nearby Attractions

  • Quartz Mountain
  • Old Perpetual geyser
  • Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

Sea & Sand RV Park

Harbor Seal in Oregon
Harbor Seal enjoying the sun in Oregon

Terraced RV sites ensure gorgeous ocean views and easy beach access for some seiously unique Oregon camping. Watch for whales, storms, and shells on the beach. When you’re done, explore the Depoe Bay three miles south. Fish local rivers and streams, or just enjoy the beach.

Nearby Attractions

  • Otter Crest Loop
  • Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum
  • Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area

Seal Rocks RV Cove

Camping near Seal Rock State Beach
Seal Rock State Beach Area

At Seal Rocks RV Cove, watch for whales, seals, and seabirds. The scenery is magnificent, and the sites are large. Although you do have to cross a highway to reach the beach, it’s not far and the views are worth it. Bathrooms, showers, and WiFi are available.

Nearby Attractions

  • Seal Rock State Recreation Site
  • Brian McEneny Woodcarving Gallery
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium

Sawyers Rapids RV Resort

Sawyer Rapids RV Park
Sunset at Sawyer Rapids RV Park

If you like to fish, you’ll definitely want to plan a stop here.  That’s because Sawyers Rapids is the area with the state record for the largest Chinook salmon caught in 1910. There are sandy beaches and a free river boat launch. The RV sites have views of the river, or rent one of the three cabins.

Nearby Attractions

  • Umpqua River
  • Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area
  • Umpqua Discovery Center

Best Coastal Camping in Oregon

Oregon is unique in that there may be a forest lake a few miles in one direction and an ocean beach the other way. The best coastal camping in Oregon has plenty of sandy beaches and marine life, but you might be able to hike through a forest and still be close enough to hear the ocean waves.

Harris Beach State Park Campground

Camping near Harris beach state park
Kids playing on the beach at Harris Beach State Park

The Harris Beach State Park is near Bird Island, a National Wildlife Sanctuary where rare birds such as the tufted puffin breed. The park’s sandy beaches are dotted with sea stacks and monoliths. You may view gray whales in the winter or spring, Harbor seals, many types of birds, life in the tide pools, and California sea lions.

The campground has tent sites to reserve, yurts for rental, and full-hookup sites for RVs, as well as a playground, flush toilets, and hot showers. It’s pet-friendly, even in the cabins and yurts, so bring the dog camping with you. If you’re looking for gorgeous ocean views and all sorts of wildlife, this is the place for you.

Nearby Attractions

  • Bird Island
  • Sea stacks and monoliths
  • Azalea Park

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Camping near Thor's Well, Cape Perpetua, Oregon

Cape Perpetua Campground is certainly one of the most scenic campgrounds in Oregon. Located between the Siuslaw National Forest and the ocean beach, and along the banks of Cape Creek, the Cape Perpetua Campground is a scenic getaway.

The location of this campground provides a variety of activities. Hike the mile-long trails and explore the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center or nearby Heceta Beach. Otherwise, just relax and enjoy nature and wildlife.

Nearby Attractions

  • Thor’s Well
  • Hobbit Trail
  • Earthworks Gallery

Bullards Beach State Park

Coquille River Lighthouse, Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon
Coquille River Lighthouse, Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon

Bullards Beach is a wonderful place to go camping with the entire family. It’s a pet-friendly campground near the ocean and the Coquille River. You can enjoy a variety of activities. Walk or hike the path to the beach, crab or fish in the Coquille River, or even go horseback riding on the beach.

Visit the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge across the river, or the historic Coquille River Lighthouse. The state park has 13 yurts available for rental, as well as regular campsites, RV sites, and a horse camp. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
  • Coquille River Lighthouse
  • Washed Ashore Gallery and Workshop

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park

Sand Dunes Near Jessie M Honeyman State Park
Sand Dunes Near Jessie M Honeyman State Park

Jessie M. Honeyman is the second largest state park campground. It has miles of hiking trails, coastal sand dunes, and two freshwater lakes. Because of the layout and activity opportunities, it’s a great place to go camping with the family. 

Whatever you enjoy, there’s something to keep everyone entertained. In the fall, pick huckleberries or blackberries. Hike or bike the trails. Swim, canoe, or kayak either of the lakes. Yurts, RV sites, and tent sites are available for reservation.

Nearby Attractions

  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
  • Siuslaw River Bridge
  • Woahink Lakeside Trail

Tillicum Beach Campground

Camping near  Devil's Churn near Yachats on the Oregon Coast
 Devil’s Churn near Yachats on the Oregon Coast

Have you ever wanted to sleep on the beach? At this Oregon campground, you can. The campground is located right on the beach. It’s an ideal spot for whale watching, sunset viewing, and swimming.

Walk along the beach, watch for whales, or inspect tide pools. When you’re ready, travel a few miles north to go fishing, crabbing, or clamming in the Alsea Bay and river. And of course, go to sleep listening to the waves.

Nearby Attractions

  • Devil’s Churn
  • Yachats State Park
  • Ocean Beaches Glass Callery

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Great post, and extremely thorough! We LOVED our time on the Oregon Coast and highly recommend visiting Ecola State Park. The hiking is absolutely incredible, and the beaches are pristine and so peaceful especially in the early mornings or around sunset.

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