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Postby frozenintime » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:11 pm

hey all

sorry in advance for this request that you predict the future, but your vast years of experience with and consideration for the sierra compels me to ask...

...how early would you think a group of three would have to arrive at the north lake campground to be sure of getting a site on friday september 2 (i.e. right before labor day)?

i gather it's a small (10 spots?) campground -- but have no idea how busy it tends to be.
i will not hold any of you to your prediction :)



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Re: north lake campground

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:29 pm

There are also some walk-in campsites in addition to the ten regular campsites. There were no sites when we were there last Fall, but we found nice sites at the Intake campground just before you turn onto the North Lake road. You have to vacate a campsite at 11AM, so that is when most are available and quickly snatched by waiting cars. You may check on the website to see when each campsite requires you to vacate. Each campground may be slightly different.
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Re: north lake campground

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:41 pm

Here is a list of campground just in case: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/rec ... 4&actid=29
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Re: north lake campground

Postby frozenintime » Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:01 pm

hey there

ah, i didn't know the 11 AM bit, thank you. we'll be coming from the bay, so probably won't be there anywhere near that early.

thanks for the link maverick, i know there are quite a few campgrounds in the area -- just figured north lake was closest to our ultimate destination, which is the trailhead.

another simple question that is hard to answer online: we may leave our car at south lake and hitch beforehand, but if not, where is long term parking around the north lake/piute trailhead? very hard to tell with all these different campgrounds, etc.
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Re: north lake campground

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:16 pm

where is long term parking around the north lake/piute trailhead?


You can park at the trailhead/backpackers parking lot long term, on the western end of the lake.
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Re: north lake campground

Postby rlown » Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:27 pm

I was shut out there once, and we just changed into our hiking clothes and headed up the trail for about a mile. Near the creek but up on a berm.

as stated, the long term parking is a right turn before you head up towards the campground. The walk of shame. Have to do it anyway and it stretches the legs. If I can't get a spot in the campground, I drop everyone off and the gear and drive back down to park and hike back up.
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Re: north lake campground

Postby frozenintime » Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:18 am

as always, thanks for your help.

this is a very positive corner of the internet.
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