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Dispersed Camping Closed


Aaron K6ABJ
 

Took a drive up yesterday to the ElDorado National Forest expecting to do some dispersed camping only to discover that camping is limited to developed campgrounds only, and that many of those are also closed. Same for Tahoe National Forest and several others. Incidentally many backpacking and some Day Use areas are also closed. Backpack Camping within 500 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail is allowed.

Now that they have done it once, my guess is that National Forest closures will become a new norm. Time to start checking each time before packing and heading out.

Aaron


Brian Gohl - AI6US
 

Check the specific district website for closures and updates.

Tahoe and El Dorado NFS have not allowed dispersed camping for approx. 8 weeks since the back to back red flag events. Very serious, dry conditions with many inexperienced flatlanders building campfires outside of campgrounds and trashing out the dispersed areas. Very sad conditions up there! Many Tahoe campgrounds have not yet reopened.

The Tahoe NFS order is scheduled to expire on Oct. 18th. Hoping for some precipitation before then; otherwise, doubt that dispersed camping will happen until either the first rains or snowfalls. 

Best Regards! 
Brian Gohl - AI6US 
(916) 770-7751 cell


-------- Original message --------
From: Aaron K6ABJ <aaron@...>
Date: 10/11/20 5:24 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFARC Members <sfarc@w6ek.groups.io>
Subject: [from W6EK Groups.io] Dispersed Camping Closed

Took a drive up yesterday to the ElDorado National Forest expecting to do some dispersed camping only to discover that camping is limited to developed campgrounds only, and that many of those are also closed. Same for Tahoe National Forest and several others. Incidentally many backpacking and some Day Use areas are also closed. Backpack Camping within 500 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail is allowed.

Now that they have done it once, my guess is that National Forest closures will become a new norm. Time to start checking each time before packing and heading out.

Aaron





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Brian- AI6US