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bullit


May 20, 2002, 5:54 PM
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I'm looking for free places to camp outside the Meadows. Any suggestions?

I'll be there end of June for a week.


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I don't know how close you want to be but there's a couple of BLM http://www.ca.blm.gov/bishop/camping.html campgrounds (Crowly Lake and Horton Creek) within an hour or so.

Hope this helps.....


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Jeffi,

Thanks for the info. I'm trying to get closer, but I'll look into them. No one has responded, because I guess their all out camping in the spots I'm looking for and can't get to their computers.


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Go down the Tioga Pass from the park boundaries and before you get into Lee Vining there are numerous places where you can get off the road and camp. It is all Forest Service land there. You will be about 20+ minutes from the Meadow there. I believe there is kind of a half-assed climbers camp at Saddlebag Lake a couple of miles from the Tioga Lodge. They let you stay there one night for free so you couldn't leave anything set up. Just load it up and then come back in the evening.It is an area for climbers heading up to the Mt. Conness area. Hope this helps.


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JM,
Can you camp for a week in the areas off the road before Lee Vining? Or are these just overnight as well?


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I used to work in the park and know the area pretty well. There is a walk-in campground (Sawmill) on the road to Saddlebag Lake, this would be the cheapest official campsite and close to Tuolomne. This road is patrolled, at least on weekends and youll probably get roused in the night if you just road camp it.

The Tioga Pass road has several pullouts, but you'd have to be low key about it...stay for the night and leave. If you head east of Hwy 395 on Hwy 120 near Mono Lake there's tons of open camping, but your a way's away from TM at that point.

What can I say....it's a popular area and they like to keep people in the campgrounds.


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there is also the Saddlebag Lake campground which is just past the Sawmill walk-in campground.


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I always sleep at the pullout just pass the turnoff for saddlebag lake. Sometimes in the back of my truck sometimes just on the ground on the side between my vehicle and the bushes. people with their campers are always pulling in there for the night too. I have never been bothered by any ranger or official in the 3 years that I have been doing this. (I'm there almost every other weekend during the summer) God, I love those runouts.


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The Lee Vining campground are great, on is called Cattle Gaurd, I forget the names of the others but thay are all in a mile or two of each other...
Free camping in Yosemite? No there is none...
If you decide to bivi in the park but not in a campsite be prepared to be moved at 2am by the ranger, they have a low tollerance for illegal camping.
good luck...


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