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Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby Scouter9 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:37 pm

Okay, my Google gives me only that the Tuolumne Lodge doesn't sell hot showers to stinky backpackers anymore, and I haven't been up there in quite a while. So, if you're exiting at Tuolumne, where do you smart, clean-smelling travelers find a pay shower before heading down 395?



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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby SSSdave » Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:30 pm

Pay showers used to be down at the Lee Vining trailer park at the north end of town.

Me hot showers? Nope, almost never bother when quick and free is just a short effort away. Where SR120 runs beside the Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River at 9k abouts, park at any small roadside parkable spot then wander south a wee bit through highway view blocking lodgepole pines. Remove clothing and fully dunk into any deep enough pool of refreshing COOL water for 15 seconds or so. Lay out of pleasant water smoothed sun warmed granite slab and get a bit of tan too.
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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby WarrenFork » Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:37 pm

There's at least one RV/trailer park in Lee Vining where you can shower by paying a fee. The Mono Vista park at the north end of town past the Chevron station on the west side of 395 charges $2.50. You pay more if you require a towel. You can also try Murphey's Trailer Park behind Murphey's Motel. They used to sell showers to people who weren't camping there for around $5.00. I'm not sure if they are still on offer though.
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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:54 pm

The bottle of water in the car gives me a cooldown before I haul the clean clothes and wet wipes into the woods/pit toilet. I might use the leftover stove fuel to heat up warm water for a hair wash in the parking lot, if it's been a long time.
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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:05 pm

Rig your own shower set-up or buy one, put soap and towel in a bag, place in the trailhead bear box, retrieve it when coming out, find a private location, and get clean, easy. :) http://www.rei.com/product/850667/nemo- ... ure-shower
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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby rlown » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:51 pm

I carry a gallon of water in the truck for each hiker. Towels and cloths as well. change of clothes are usually what i wore in before i changed into the backpacking garb.

When we get out, I find a spot, park backwards from the road and we rinse off behind the cover of the truck doors. It's really that simple. Shower not necessary. SSSdave probably has the right idea there as well.

The clean clothes at the end of trip are the most important thing. There is nothing worse than someone stinkin for 5 hrs to get home.
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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby Scouter9 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:31 am

Great beta on the Lee Vining locations! Thank you. I will research them directly, today.

I chuckle at the stream bathers and the gallon guys, because I was there once Heck, I still savor the hilarity of riding up from Agnew or Reds Meadows in a bus full of eye-watering tourists now reconsidering how great their "seat" is as my Scouts and I grasp grab bars with open armpits... However, with Scouts riding in our cars for 8-10 hours home, I am all about the hot shower and soap. Cold water and a rag are for trail time, not civilization (you hairy-legged heathens!). Go Lavender with the Dr. Brommer's while you're at it. Hell, use Axe for all I care. :retard: Rinse, Repeat.
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Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:09 am

Mock all you like, I ain't risking the possibility of a foot fungus flare up to use some humid stanky public shower that hasn't seen bleach in a week. The Great Outdoors or home for me.

Yes, I have been in the park's showers. Once.
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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:48 pm

What she said. I'll stick with the jug o water thing and change of clothes. works great.
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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby Jimr » Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:02 pm

Fortunately, I drive home alone, so it's just a change of clothes. The diners on the east side are used to stank. If they're not, they're in the wrong town. :unibrow:

Although, I've often wondered why the service I get sucks out loud. I always thought it was just the slower pace of country life. :paranoid:
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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:10 pm

Russ wrote:
There is nothing worse than someone stinkin for 5 hrs to get home.


I thought that's what these were for: https://www.google.com/search?q=pine+tr ... 8EPSDqg%3D
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Re: Where do y'all SHOWER after Tuolumne Meadows exit?

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:56 pm

yeah. that doesn't work. wash off and be civil. All the smelly stuff gets put in the back of the truck. for me, we go back over 207 from the east side on 395 to the bay via 50.

Only because we can stop on the "strip" and have a really good buffet in South Lake Tahoe. :thumbsup:

I don't do an exit west anymore on that 120 road. I hate it in fact. I like the 395 road completely.
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