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Re: backcountry route for first-time snow camper

Postby KathyW » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:44 pm

Soygreen: I've camped at Lodgepole campground in Sequoia National Park a couple times in the winter. I'm not sure how much snow is up there now as it's turning out not to be as good a winter as we were hoping. Anyway, the campground is plowed and you can walk in to the campsites that are right near the campground and set up camp. The last time I was there in the winter, the restrooms were open and nice and warm.

As Fly Guy said, It would be helpful to know what direction you are from and where you are headed.

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Re: backcountry route for first-time snow camper

Postby Tom_H » Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:01 pm

soygreen_82 wrote:I know this is old... but can anyone comment on here where to Snow camp AT THE CAR? Generally speaking I find it very hard to identify locations for this. My friend and I will be heading up Friday and are still slightly in the dark about where we will actually be pitching tent. We are good on gear, but for our first snow camping outting in well over a decade, we wanted to be within 100 yards of where we park. Thanks


Where are you coming from and where is it you're going to? Every place is different. Some good places not too far from Tahoe are Mt. Rose summit, Hope Valley, and Spooner Summit up to Marlette Lake.

Due south at Leavitt Meadow in Toiyabe/Hoover is good.

Nordic skiing across Silver Lake and camping on the island should be a lot of fun.
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Re: backcountry route for first-time snow camper

Postby Shhsgirl » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:20 am

I second the suggestion about Badger Pass to Dewey Point, and be sure to check the weather. It's the difference between life and death.
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Re: backcountry route for first-time snow camper

Postby balance » Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:59 am

Greetings bladeguy4543

Wandering Daisy summed things up perfectly.

Before I ever did any solo winter hiking in the Sierra Nevada, I went snow camping with highly experienced people. People who had climbed Denali and stuff. Also, if you would like to enjoy the snowy outdoors at altitude, you can get a good start by going to the library or Amazon or the local book store, and learning all you can from the guidance of someone who has experience and teaches this sort of thing.

Winter camping is interesting. And it's a prerequisite for high altitude climbing. It can open a whole new chapter for you in the book of the outdoors. I hope you get a chance to try it. I'm sure you'll have a...uhm...real cool time.

Don't go snow camping unless you have the right boots. My first winter snowshoe trip was in leather boots gooped up with Snow Seal. It was a real hassle to keep my feet warm. Good boots make things so much better! So what if you pay $400 for the right boots? To keep your toes, that's $40 per toe.

Also, read Wandering Daisy's comments again. Take her statement seriously.
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Re: backcountry route for first-time snow camper

Postby Hillbasher » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:29 pm

Realize this is picking up an old thread but here are some thoughts.
Even better than Dewey is go all the way out to Glacier Point It is just a matter of following a road all the way, so navigating is down to a minimum, and the views once you get there are fantastic. One can spend the nights outside or indoors if room is available ahead of time. Another easy to follow route would be up to Mosquito Flats starting on the Rock Creek Road above Tom's Place. Once again, just a matter of navigating a road, but on this there are a few places one would want to be avalanche aware. All in all, a great trip with incredible scenery.
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