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Old 08-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #31
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:10 AM   #32
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Old 08-17-2013, 06:49 PM   #33
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I don't know where or when this is going to happen. The last 2 years it has been off hwy 4 in the 3rd week of Oct.

Checking with the local FS, I found the Federal Campgrounds will be closed on 10/12. The FS roads will be closed around the 2nd week of December. You can camp in the FS campgrounds even if they are closed. You won't have road access to most them and all will be without services.

There are 3 State campgrounds in that area. Calaveras Big Trees, Grover Hot Springs in Markleville and Indian Grinding Rock off 88, they are open year round, depending on the weather.

There is one BLM campground at Indian Creek reservoir near Markleville and several others off hwy 88 near Blue lakes. I don't know their policy. The FS says if the roads are not locked, you can access them. Whether they provide services, Sometime in the next few weeks I will check.

Update: I checked with Sorensons, a private campground on 88 where we held our freeze your gonads rally and found they will be closed in October. The Carson river resort may be an option, but I found that their "campground" along river is only serviced by porta-potties that they bring in and remove when the season is over. I know there are no tables nor water down there.

The PG&E campgrounds may be accesable, but they are high elevation and a lumpy dirt road in.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:00 AM   #34
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I'll be there! Uh, a couple of trivial questions. Where is it? When is it?


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Old 08-22-2013, 09:03 PM   #36
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:35 PM   #37
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:32 AM   #38
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It's somewhere in the Sierras, sometime in the Fall. Which translates to : "where ever and whenever Gillafunk gets it figgered out".
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Damn kids, I keep getting "I will call you tonight messages" and then nothing. I think I have been cast aside
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:44 AM   #40
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Nah.. he does that to everyone.
He has short term memory loss from spending so much time underwater.

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Old 08-24-2013, 12:14 PM   #43
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So, first of all, quit yer bitchin'

ITSATDM is doing a lot of the leg work here as he is a mountain man up in the area. Apparently the USFS is closing down their campgrounds in early October, so that limits our options between over priced state campgrounds and the private ones.

Also, with the fire burning up in the mountains the area is a bit crazy right now.


This event is still happening. If its too hard to commit the weekend to a motorbike camp/ride you don't have to come. Sheesh!
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Old 08-24-2013, 02:46 PM   #44
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Damn! Just my luck. Conflicting schedules.


I'm gonna be somewhere other than the sierras at some time in the fall! Lol


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Old 08-24-2013, 07:40 PM   #45
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Here are the issues. The 3rd week end of October (19/26) would be best for the Fall Colors. According to the Stanislaus National Forest they will be closing the Campgrounds on 10/12. Closing means the gates or if they don't have one, turning off the water and locking the bathrooms.

I am pretty sure the Inyo National forest that covers 108 to past Lee Vining do the same. I was in one last year and It closed 10-9.

Ditto Yosemite.

I am trying to find something near a town and not at high altitude, it gets cold. Not everyone wants to roughs it.

There are some unimproved campgrounds, some on unimproved roads. Not every one is comfortable with that.

I know of 3 on 108 that you can get access too, but unless Kennedy Meadows is still fully open, it is a long way to breakfast.

If some one knows of a site that meets the criteria speak up, we will go there.

I like Grover Hot Springs and really don't mind paying the hefty camping fee, we can always split them. I don't like the 2 vehicles per site that forces us to purchase more of them. Big Trees is rather forgiving of that. I wonder what they would say if brought a trailer and everyone parked on that.

Sometime in the next month I plan to check with Kennedy Meadows for a closing date and see what Grover Hot Springs has to say. They have limited camping at Benton Hot Springs. Anyone camped there?
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