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BBRSP Over New Year's

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Offline alcyone

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BBRSP Over New Year's
« on: November 30, 2010, 08:32:10 PM »
I'm thinking about heading west between Christmas and New Year's for some hiking and writing.  My understanding is that BBNP is very busy that time of year, and I assume that even the backcountry roadside campsites are well utilized that week.  I'm looking for more solitude than that.  Is BBRSP a better bet around that time?

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Offline trtlrock

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Re: BBRSP Over New Year's
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2010, 09:05:21 PM »
Undoubtedly. There's plenty of solitude to be had at any time in BBNP by zone camping, but if you want to car-camp you'll find more emptiness in BBRSP.
John & Tess

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Online Al

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Re: BBRSP Over New Year's
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2010, 09:46:37 PM »
We have camped several times between Christmas and New Years in BBRSP since the turn of the last century.  If you drive to the interior of the park, you should find it almost empty in comparison to BBNP and have your choice of primitive sites. Some of the more remote sites are pretty easy to get to with 2-wheel drive.  Some of the sites available by 2-wheel drive are by roads that are much more overgrown than the national park due to lack of traffic and will pinstripe for sure.  If you want to be able to car camp with a high level of assurance of getting desired campsites, the difference should be like night and day.  You can rent mountain bikes, have fires and howl at the moon, as desired.

Al

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Online Al

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Re: BBRSP Over New Year's
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2010, 10:00:23 PM »
P.S. The most remote sites require 4-wheel drive . . . no if, and, or buts.

Al

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Offline alcyone

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Re: BBRSP Over New Year's
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2010, 09:41:36 PM »
Thanks for the input, everyone.  This really helped solidify my plans.  It's about time I got some pinstripes on my truck.  I don't have 4WD, unfortunately, but it looks like there are some good 2WDHC sites, and I'll check those out.

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Offline HJS

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Re: BBRSP Over New Year's
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2010, 05:06:23 PM »
Al is right about the most remote sites requiring 4WD. I would take the clearance requirements seriously for each campsite. I've gotten stuck in a 2WD Tahoe on some 2WD high-clearance roads out there, although that was during the wet season.

 


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