Pine Creek Canyon Camping?


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beantown · · Big Bear City, CA · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 0

I am heading up to Pine Creek Canyon by Rovana / Bishop for the weekend for climbing.  The MP guide and summit post talk about camping areas by the turn off to sheelite canyon, so are there legal disperse primitive camping areas up there?  I don't see any NF campgrounds on any maps.  All the other canyons on the west side of 395, ie rock creek, mcgee creek, south lake etc don't permit primitive camping.  Is Pine Creek Different?


Chris Owen · · Big Bear Lake · Joined Jan 2002 · Points: 10,096
Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,610

There is myriad camping up the road. You MUST have a fire permit for all fires, if they have not shut down fire use for the year. 

From 395 head west through ravana. ~6 miles from they hwy you will come to a copse of trees on the left. This is the nicest spot, but there is camping up and down the road. This is what they call 'dispersed' camping; not toilets, no water, (do NOT drink the creek water, there is a mine right above you). 

And please, pack it ALL out. 

beantown · · Big Bear City, CA · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 0

thanks Muscrat.  My Inyo map shows no restrictions camping restrictions for the area.  Don't worry I won't leave it a mess, I live in Big Bear and know the feeling when flatlanders trash my home.  Are there any bearboxes in the area besides at the hiking trailhead?  Or just hang food?  

Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,610

No boxes. I have never even seen them at the trailhead. Ask at the ranger station, but i believe that out of sight in the car is acceptable for the area.

What you looking to climb?

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

They are actually quite nice campsites right next to the creek. There aren't that many, as I recall, but they are decent. And you can walk from your camp to most of the climbing. No bear boxes.

beantown · · Big Bear City, CA · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 0
Muscrat wrote:

No boxes. I have never even seen them at the trailhead. Ask at the ranger station, but i believe that out of sight in the car is acceptable for the area.

What you looking to climb?

not sure haven't had the time to research.  going to but the bishop book when I get up there.  

I can lead 5.9+ (comparible to tahquitz, needles, zion...) on gear and and 10b/c sport.   single or multi pitch

any suggestions, looking for good cracks on gear

beantown · · Big Bear City, CA · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 0
Muscrat wrote:

No boxes. I have never even seen them at the trailhead. Ask at the ranger station, but i believe that out of sight in the car is acceptable for the area.

 

I did see the photos of a bear getting into ones camp on the mountain project beta.  I have a pop up truck camper...so bears are not accustomed to breaking into things?

Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,610

PSOM slab. High life, Big Deal, PBR streetgang, all 5.9 ish. John Fischer Memorial route is one of my all time faves, but solid 10+.

Racing lizards decent 5.7 intro to the area.Not sure you will find a lot of easy sport in the canyon.

Bears....have not had a prob, but ask the rangers.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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