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#16366 - 07/13/11 11:04 AM Acclimatization Camping
jlafevers Offline


Registered: 04/08/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Toccoa Falls, GA
Heading out on the 21st to acclimatize until the 25th when my overnight permit starts for Whitney. Looks like most of the primo campgrounds have filled up, so I was wondering of any suggestions people may have for a spot that is not in a campground (as I pretty much hate campgrounds anyway) but is still up around 10000 feet and fairly accessible.

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#16369 - 07/13/11 02:26 PM Re: Acclimatization Camping [Re: jlafevers]
Harvey Lankford Offline


Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 1029
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
Little Lakes/Rock Creek. Mosquito Flats trailhead is 10k.
Located just south of Lake Crowley, exit off 395 at Toms Place.

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#16370 - 07/13/11 02:58 PM Re: Acclimatization Camping [Re: Harvey Lankford]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Orange County, CA
Horseshoe Meadows, 10K.

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#16372 - 07/13/11 03:35 PM Re: Acclimatization Camping [Re: jlafevers]
wazzu Offline


Registered: 06/20/10
Posts: 319
Loc: Orange County, CA
Here's a post that gives some ideas on how to acclimate without camping.

A link to Bishop Creek Resort and Rock Creek Lake . Both places have cabin rentals.

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#16373 - 07/13/11 05:16 PM Re: Acclimatization Camping [Re: jlafevers]
Akichow Offline


Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 659
Loc: SF Bay Area
Onion Valley campground has walk-in spots that you cannot reserve in advance. Also, if you get a permit for Kearsarge Pass (trailhead near Onion Valley), you can go up and camp near lakes on either side of the pass.

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#16381 - 07/13/11 09:38 PM Re: Acclimatization Camping [Re: jlafevers]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7990
Loc: Fresno, CA
All the above are good. Here's more info...

Horseshoe Meadows pretty much always has camping spots available. They technically allow single-night only, but I don't think the rules are enforced. Here's an easy hike there: Trail Peak.

Since you have several days, you wouldn't be disappointed by heading up toward White Mountain. Grandview is a campground around 8500, and puts you close to the 10,000' Bristlecone Pine forests, which would give you a fine contrast to the Sierra forests. Or you could drive all the way to 12,000' end of the road and walk up toward White Mountain. (You could even bag the summit as long as it is early in your acclimation process, so you can rest before Whitney). Just remember to take all the water you would need to the White Mountains -- they're dry. You could even camp overnight at the road end -- no specific camp sites, but many people do that.

(A note on that White Mtn map: There's an 8-mile section where the road is not shown. Zoom out or switch to satellite view to see the road.)

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#16403 - 07/14/11 06:56 PM Re: Acclimatization Camping [Re: Steve C]
rpm Offline


Registered: 11/11/10
Posts: 65
Loc: San Diego, CA
I would also suggest White Mountain. Trailhead is at 12,000' and no permits are required for hiking or camping. You can hike to the summit of White Mountain or hike to the research station. I think the research station is about 1 or 2 miles from the gate?

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#16404 - 07/14/11 07:00 PM Re: Acclimatization Camping [Re: rpm]
Akichow Offline


Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 659
Loc: SF Bay Area
You need a campfire permit to use a campstove at the trailhead at Barcroft Gate. Other than that, no permits are needed to camp or hike there. There is a pit toilet.

The hike to the research station is 2 miles (4 miles round trip). The hike to the summit is 7 miles (14 miles round trip).

If you go the first Sunday in August, they have an open house, and you can drive to the research station from the trailhead parking. That makes the roundtrip summit hike 10 miles instead of 14.

I did this last year. It was a blast.

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#26792 - 08/10/12 04:38 PM Re: Acclimatization Camping [Re: Akichow]
63ChevyII.com Offline


Registered: 08/07/12
Posts: 671
Loc: Colton, California
Where can you get a campfire permit for Barcroft Gate?
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#26795 - 08/10/12 05:19 PM Re: Acclimatization Camping [Re: 63ChevyII.com]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7990
Loc: Fresno, CA
You need a California Campfire Permit. Inyo N.F. website says they are available at any ranger station. Sequoia National Forest has an online page where you answer 4 questions, and then download, print and fill out a permit.

And I found the Sequoia N.F. permit online here.

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