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madguy30  
#1 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:47:10 PM(UTC)
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Another backpacking question. Sorry, but I can't find much info out there aside from just the forest site, and emails from workers there are fairly vague.

Anyone every hiked in for a night or two?

The rules are you have to camp at least a mile from your car, and 100 feet from trail, and 1/4 mile from the river.

I'm going to wade and fish, and my questions for now:

Are there smaller paths off the main trails that lead to the river?

Are there areas that have more clearings for setting up a campsite? I know when I was there 3 years ago the forest was very thick but I didn't hike on the trail or anything.


I've studied the property map a bunch and my plan for now is to take a trail to a spot that's closer to the river, and just leave my backpack along the bank while I fish, and keep it in view (and tie bright tape to it!), and then probably just get back on trail to find a camping spot toward evening.

I could just bushwhack it for a 1/4 mile from the bank but that's pretty risky for a solo venture for a lot of reasons, so that's where the hope lies for a path.

**I know there's campgrounds there but backpacking sounds more fun and I'd like to save money.

Thanks for any thoughts.
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rschmidt  
#2 Posted : Monday, May 21, 2018 4:55:04 AM(UTC)
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Bring DEET! It's pretty much a swamp anywhere near water. Have fun!! R
madguy30  
#3 Posted : Monday, May 21, 2018 8:35:53 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rschmidt Go to Quoted Post
Bring DEET! It's pretty much a swamp anywhere near water. Have fun!! R


Yep, got the DEET and picked up a bug net at REI yesterday. Thought long and hard about getting the one for arms and legs.
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