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Old 04-07-2003, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Camping spot recomendation in Nor Cal.

My girlfriend and I are planning our anual Memorial Day camping trip. Just her and I take off for the weekend and get back to nature .

Last year we went up highway 4 around Union/Utica/Spicer area. We are looking for someplace different this year. We try to go off the beaten path so there are as few people as possible and I would like it to be around 2hr drive from my place. I was thinking someplace up hwy 108 around Sand Flat area?


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ever been to relief resevoir? 17 miles off 108 on the eagle meadows turn off, youll need to have a 4wd for the last mile or so of fireroad(your truck will laugh at it, but niagara rim trail is there also)...
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Haven't been out that way in some time Priest.... but i used to like to head out past Arnold, on 4.... or up hwy 88 (my ultimate fave) until the 'people' became, let's say, more scarce, but that's up there in altitude a ways. Stanislaus / Sourgrass area is also quite beautiful this time of year.

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lost coast, but that may be a little far but worth the drive
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Old 04-07-2003, 09:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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ever been to relief resevoir? 17 miles off 108 on the eagle meadows turn off, youll need to have a 4wd for the last mile or so of fireroad(your truck will laugh at it, but niagara rim trail is there also)...
Never been there... doing a search now.


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Haven't been out that way in some time Priest.... but i used to like to head out past Arnold, on 4.... or up hwy 88 (my ultimate fave) until the 'people' became, let's say, more scarce, but that's up there in altitude a ways. Stanislaus / Sourgrass area is also quite beautiful this time of year.

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I know that area real well. I've been going up that way since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I spent about 3 weeks last year camped up Sourgrass trail and man, that is still one of the most beautiful spots around. We usually run Deer Valley trail from Hermit Valley off of 4 over to blue lakes off hwy 88. In case no one knows where this is here is a nice shot of some of the scenery up there.....
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Yep, how sweet it is up there. I also like to do the long haul up 108.... in the spring. 88 has some lakes up high, can't think of the names, but they're pristine, gorgeous, clear and cool. Miss campin' up that way, since my budd left Carson a couple years ago, used to make it a "package run"
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Yep, how sweet it is up there. I also like to do the long haul up 108.... in the spring. 88 has some lakes up high, can't think of the names, but they're pristine, gorgeous, clear and cool. Miss campin' up that way, since my budd left Carson a couple years ago, used to make it a "package run"

I'm sure we will be heading up that way sometime this season, I'll let you know if your interested in being drug along....
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I'm fond of Desolation Wilderness myself. Good fishing there too if you guys are into that...
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Could be. I've got some stuff to finish... more like 'burdens to be admonished' - and my uncle needs my undivided attention right now... but sh*t, i'm seriously due for a vakay! Doin a one-day shot into Big Basin tomorrow to cleanse my uncle's dying wish, to be amongst nature.

After that.... i'm good to go, sort of
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I'm fond of Desolation Wilderness myself. Good fishing there too if you guys are into that...

Cool Steph... I'll check it out. I'm a fishing junkie. I got out the fly rod today and cleaned and oiled the reel...
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Cool Steph... I'll check it out. I'm a fishing junkie. I got out the fly rod today and cleaned and oiled the reel...
Well, the other sites I had bookmarked are no longer around... but this one works...

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I'll second relief reservoir. I am there alot during the summer. The fishing is great, but it is a short hike down to the lake. FS closed the last mile of road cause too many city folks and their 2 wheel drive trucks got stuck and messed the road up. Your best bet is to go to the end of the road and take a left up a steep off camber road. It will take you to the top of the ridge where there are a few good spots.

Walk down to the dam and check out the old school quarry that they used for the building materials.

It just snowed pretty heavy up there this last weekend. It is possible that you might find some snow and at least a few mud pits on your way in.

Call pinecrest FS station before you head up to make sure the main access road(eagle meadows) is open.
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hey, want my quads to take with you? if so, let me know and we can arrange getting you hooked up.
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but niagara rim trail is there also)...

we went up to Stanislaus last year for memorial with the intention of camping and wheelin the Niagra Rim Trail...trail was closed or the gate rather.

They opened the trail right after Memorial weekend...not sure if this is common practice or not..

Coyote Lake is a fun trail and theres a purty lake at the end (1 of 2 on the trail) for some fishing..

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description: Bluer than blue!! Western Sierra lake that is not easy to reach, but with 4WD, but worth your time & efforts. Good fishing & great camping. It takes a real hard core 4x4 to access this place, so you may as well spend a couple of days here. The first lake you reach will be Red, just keep going another 2 miles up.

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yup, i will vouch for 88 silver lake area. fun fun, jiMMy
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yup, i will vouch for 88 silver lake area. fun fun, jiMMy

does it get packed on the holiday weekends? It looks like a great area but if there are going to be tons of people I would rather avoid it.
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I rather like the Pacific Valley, Highland Lakes and Wolf Creek areas off of Hwy 4. Hwy 108: Relief Res., Niagra Rim OHV (on the South side of Eagle Creek), Clark Fork, Sand Flat and Buckeye (close to Bridgeport).

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does it get packed on the holiday weekends? It looks like a great area but if there are going to be tons of people I would rather avoid it.
Nope... not this early in the year it doesn't (that was one of the lakes i was trying to think of the name of)... it's too high up in elevation to be that popular, this early. Cold at night though!
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Nope... not this early in the year it doesn't (that was one of the lakes i was trying to think of the name of)... it's too high up in elevation to be that popular, this early. Cold at night though!
Last year when we camped at Union Res. on Memorial day weekend there were still huge patches of snow on the ground and it was cold as fawk at night... kept the people out though
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lost coast, but that may be a little far but worth the drive



Yeah Black Sands area is sweet a long drive but worth it
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