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BC1-4?

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Offline rogeremeadows

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BC1-4?
« on: February 11, 2020, 12:45:47 PM »
How are the BC1-4 campsites?    Which one is best of this grouping?

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 01:35:57 PM »
They aren't great; I go with a Colima site when I'm around there

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2020, 01:42:53 PM »
They are all down in the trees, including Colima.  If staying at BC sites I would take the one farthest away for privacy BC4.  If you are doing the OML and wanted to stay in that vicinity on the first day I would to TM1 or JC1, but I don't know your itinerary.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline rogeremeadows

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2020, 02:59:58 PM »
Thank you for the comments.  I went ahead and secured JC1

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2020, 03:27:53 PM »
Perfect. That is much better. Sometimes windy up there but often lovely

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Online Lissa

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2020, 07:15:28 PM »
glad you went JC.  Aside from the other issues, BC is also where the bears have been hanging out. (Had heard about a Mama and cubs near boot spring and personally saw one 30 yds off cutting through the woods towards the sites when we hiked up from them after a snack break.)
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Offline BBC1443

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2020, 10:26:19 PM »
May I ask, what are the issues at the BC campsites?

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Offline mule ears

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2020, 06:07:25 AM »
May I ask, what are the issues at the BC campsites?

I would think mostly the bears but they are also very popular so less solitude and no views anywhere nearby.  It does have one of best views from the outhouse in the backcountry!   :icon_smile:
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline Jalco

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2020, 07:15:32 AM »
May I ask, what are the issues at the BC campsites?

It does have one of best views from the outhouse in the backcountry!   :icon_smile:

+1 :eusa_clap:

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2020, 09:52:03 AM »
May I ask, what are the issues at the BC campsites?

Too many people.  No views.  Toilet.

It should be pointed out that BC is a magnet for people because of the water source and the toilet; people not staying at BC go to BC for the toi toi and the water, so you will have many more companions there than anywheres else.  Frankly it's the last place Steel would choose to camp.

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Offline Flash

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2020, 03:00:00 PM »
May I ask, what are the issues at the BC campsites?
One summer a few years back in late July, I stayed two nights at BC3. I found the area pretty much deserted the whole time, although a few folks passed through in the day time. The BC sites are all on a downhill slope from the corrals, so the hike back up to the cabin is work after hiking around all day. Also, it gets pretty hot down in that hollow in the late afternoon, not catching much of a breeze, so I found myself moving around a lot in order hide myself from the sun. Then there is the mouse/ant conspiracy in the bear box, but that is another story...

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Offline BBC1443

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2020, 03:07:08 PM »
Thanks everyone!

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Offline Jalco

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Re: BC1-4?
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2020, 09:11:59 AM »
Just curious if anyone has ever followed Boot Canyon all the way down to its terminus.  I know that would involve a lot of bushwhacking.

 


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