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Old 06-16-2010, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any decent primative camps around McKinstry?

Can anyone tell me if there's any decent primative camping around Mkinstry Lake? Something we could get a few small motorhomes and a trailer into? Appreciate any info.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me if there's any decent primative camping around Mkinstry Lake? Something we could get a few small motorhomes and a trailer into? Appreciate any info.
Maybe later in the year. Right now there is too much snow, and the road in is in pretty rough shape. They may be regrading the road in the next few months to help prep for the Ellis Creek Bridge project.
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It's been a while but there used to be 2-3 nice areas right on the water. We would take our 11.5' cabover and my Dad's 26' Class A and had plenty of room. Like Bebe said, now's not a good time but later in the summer should be good.
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Thanks Bebe and Crawler. Been in that neck for 25 years (also happen to be one of the what Del called "FOTR "poo Bah's" when it started with about 12 people) and for some reason never went past the Wentworth cut below the dam. Sold the rig awhile back and had health problems, now back on top and getting more stoked that ever to show my 8 yr old son the area and get back into it at age 43. I'm shooting for "reinstatement".

Second annual father son weekend with my sons buddies and the PGE camp from our scout observation is full of Rubithon tow rigs, abandoned We're desparate for something... anything... I guess Mc Lake is still powder bound... If you'all see a fat old man riding around on a blue WR450 with a plate, please be nice and point me to something that works.

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I guess Mc Lake is still powder bound...

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Don't know you, but glad to hear an FOTR poo bah is coming back. McKinstry is definitely still full of snow as pointed out and will be for some time. we have had a VERY late winter...most of us have never seen it stacked up this much this late in the season.

My suggestion:

Airport Flat: more organized than primitive, but still a nice place with good trail access and plenty of wheelers. The Rubicon is fairly clear from Loon to about Ellis and getting clearer all the time. Haven't been all the way up Wentworth Springs Road lately, but it still has some snow on it. You might be OK on the bike as you could stick to the bear spots (lots of drifts on the high side of the trail. I would love to hear back from someone who has scouted it in the last/next few days.

Wherever you go, careful of water crossings...they are deeper right now than usual
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Jeff, good to hear you're doing better and I'm looking forward to seeing a Porn Star out at work weekends again!

The other folks covered the snow-bound conditions at McKinstry well enough, but I have a few ideas of semi-rustic campsites to try.

If you want a more rustic experience than Airport Flat proper, try just south of Gerle Creek on the old County Road (this is the original Rubicon Trail!) that is dirt/gravel east and along the river for a ways, then turns north and eventually connects with the bridge wash-out over Gerle... there are some nice campsites backing up to the creek, and that road won't have a lot of traffic on it.

You might also try up toward Wentwroth Springs more, without pushing in onto the County Road. There's plenty of road-side stuff in that area, but I'm not sure how wet/snowy the sites will be.

If you go this weekend, remember that TLCA is having Rubithon and the Highlanders are having their Poker Run... you should see plenty of folks in the area.

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