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Unread 03-19-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
Stretch2121
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Jeeping / camping / fishing in the south Sierra's???

Being fairly new to SoCal (and the JeepForum), I'm looking for some recommended camping spots in the south Sierra's. As we live just south of Bakersfield, I am game for either side of the range: west side up towards Fresno, or the east side near Bishop / Mammoth.

As we will be camping in early April, I'm looking for a lower elevation campground, and some intermediate jeeping (nothing too technical) day trip opportunities up higher to some alpine lakes for some fishing.

I am driving a stock '05 Rubicon, but we will be jeeping alone so don't want to get too technical & get into trouble.

Any input would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Unread 03-19-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Lone pine, Tuttle creek. There's some places to drive the jeep that are pretty cool. You have the Alabama Hills right there, neat area. There's a trail just south of Tuttle creek that zig zags up the mountain to an area thats suppose to have some small lakes. Haven't been up that trail yet but I'm planning on it this year sometime. Also there's some old mines/Ghost towns on the mountains to the East of there.
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Unread 03-19-2012, 03:41 PM   #3
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Thanks, Hotshot...that is a great area, we checked it out briefly a few months ago when we hit Death Valley for the first time. Any specific ghost towns you recommend?... that sounds like fun too.
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Unread 03-19-2012, 03:43 PM   #4
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The reward mine is out that way. I think they call one ghost town Cerro Gordo? There's a list of Ghost town sites on ghosttowns.com
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Unread 03-26-2012, 12:46 PM   #5
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I go camping in this area every year. My brother and I try and hit nw areas everytime we go. Usually end of may, beggining of june we head up. Depends on weather some areas might still be closed. This year we're going to camp by a lake we found last year. I'm not sure of the name, ill ask my brother later. It was really nice. Only way in/out was through an easy/medium level trail. According to some people we talked to the camping/fishing/offroad trails are all awesome. I can wait to head up there.
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Unread 03-26-2012, 01:06 PM   #6
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Cerro Gordo Run..you won't be disappointed!!! Give the manager of the ghost town a call..there's some Really cool stuff to see...he'll give you a personal tour. Robert Desmarais 760-876-5030

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