TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE: May 28-June 4

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TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE: May 28-June 4

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Re: TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE: May 28-June 4

Post by Wandering Daisy » Fri May 29, 2020 2:44 pm

I could not find anything about how to get a backpacking permit.

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Re: TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE: May 28-June 4

Post by c9h13no3 » Fri May 29, 2020 4:30 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:
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I could not find anything about how to get a backpacking permit.
Not required in Granite Chief.
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Re: TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE: May 28-June 4

Post by wildhiker » Fri May 29, 2020 10:39 pm

The Tahoe National Forest contains several backcountry roadless areas (Grouse Lakes, South Yuba River, Castle Peak, Sierra Buttes area) and one designated Wilderness (Granite Chief). None of them require any special permit for backpacking. Only a California campfire permit is required to build a campfire (although they are now prohibiting those for the summer) or use a pressurized gas or liquid fuel stove in any type of dispersed camping on the Tahoe National Forest.
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Re: TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE: May 28-June 4

Post by Wandering Daisy » Sat May 30, 2020 11:21 am

Not sure if this is near Granite Chief wilderness, but maps show that the Soda Springs "road" goes all the way down to the NF American River and "crosses" (doubt that!). Does anyone know if one can hike the road, or is it overgrown? Further downriver, I have hiked the Mumford Bar trail and before the fire, up to the end of Royal Gorge (wiped out by the fire, at least of 2 years ago when I tried to get up river from Mumford Bar).

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Re: TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE: May 28-June 4

Post by Gazelle » Sat May 30, 2020 12:55 pm

Yes that road goes down to the river and crosses, there is the community of the Cedars down there. The original or real soda springs is down there. You can walk the road but will be sharing it with cars, motorcycles, quads etc.
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Re: TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE: May 28-June 4

Post by maiathebee » Sun May 31, 2020 4:54 pm

In case anyone is curious about snow levels in the area, here's the view looking north towards Granite Chief from Scott Peak at about 1pm today.
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