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coreynw


Jul 22, 2009, 11:43 AM
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So looking at the Seneca Shadows website it looks like campsites are $15 bucks a piece. Honestly, that's ridiculous, I dont need a flush toilet in my campsite. Are there spots to camp for less/free? Can I bivy/camp in the forest near the crag or is that off limits? Thanks for the beta.


erclimb


Jul 22, 2009, 12:03 PM
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princess snowbird campground is across the road from seneca shadows and much cheaper...there's free national forest camping about 30 minutes away...no camping on seneca land


IsayAutumn


Jul 22, 2009, 12:21 PM
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coreynw wrote:
So looking at the Seneca Shadows website it looks like campsites are $15 bucks a piece. Honestly, that's ridiculous, I dont need a flush toilet in my campsite. Are there spots to camp for less/free? Can I bivy/camp in the forest near the crag or is that off limits? Thanks for the beta.

You don't need a hot shower, clean and comfortable tent sites, a short walk to climbing and gear shops, or great views of Seneca either. Nice to have, though, if you are willing to pay the price. Seneca Shadows is a good campground.


naitch


Jul 22, 2009, 12:35 PM
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Seneca Shadows is $13 on day of without online reservations.

Nice hot shower, good toilets, noisy tourons that bring everything plus the kitchen sink, tiki torches, and TV. There are some spots at either end of the walk-in area where you can generally get away from that, though.

Princess Snowbird is $6

Nice creek side camp spots, just as easy access to climbing, gear store and coffee/restaurant. Drive right up to your camp spot. can camp just about anywhere you want. Crappy water, showers and toilets.

Depends on what you want...


peg_leg1


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If it matters to you, Seneca Shadows is a state camp ground. Therefore it's "No alcoholic beverages". You can as long as they dont see you. Princess snowbird you can drink, cheaper, showers, bathroom and the guy comes around selling wood continuously. Kinda anal actually.


charley


Jul 22, 2009, 1:17 PM
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Shadows is federal and sometimes the camp nazi's are real bad. Like a pita.


saltydog


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snowbird. it's a no-brainer. kinda like dirtbagging with showers.

and the shadows Camp Mgr is usually a nazi.


apeman_e


Jul 23, 2009, 9:03 AM
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princess snowbird is in a better location too. Right next to town, you can stumble back from the front porch restaurant (BYOB!!!!) in a min, and you can wake up and walk to the base.


kikitastrophe


Oct 31, 2010, 12:25 PM
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Are either of these campgrounds open in the winter? Where do people stay in November? Thanks!


cintune


Oct 31, 2010, 1:58 PM
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FWIW we used to head up Roy Gap south of the rocks and camp up in the woods there, but that was about fifteen years ago. Nothing was posted and no one ever hassled us, but we kept very low profile too. Seems like maybe things have changed.


charley


Oct 31, 2010, 4:16 PM
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Snowbird is open in november. At least it used to be. If you look at the map you may be able to camp in places by the rock. I think it is in the national forest. I'll see if I can find a link to snowbird.


cragmasterp


Oct 31, 2010, 7:02 PM
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many years ago, after an epic climbing day, we were hiking down the granny trail that comes from the north peak, where the tourist overlook platform is.

there were two young local bubbas coming up the trail. they were both grunting and struggling under there loads. The lead dude was super skinny and had a humongous army surplus pack stuffed to the max. an iron frying pan was hanging off the back.

We all could not contain our laughter and just busted out when we saw his buddy round the bend. he was a full size bubba, bear hugging a full size cooler and visibly exhausted from toiling up the switchbacks on the trail.

these guys were headed to the summit platform to camp out. we wished them luck, and laughed our ass off hiking out the trail.

So I say yeah, knock yerself out, and hike up there and camp.


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