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Old 06-25-2017, 06:06 PM   #1
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Boondocking at 10,000 feet



I just got back from 3 days/2 nights of boondocking at 10,000 feet in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest southeast of Park City, Utah.

Less than 90 minutes from home, this underutilized area is one of my favorite places to camp. Literally tens of thousands of acres are criss-crossed by Forest Service roads, many of which are graded and improved gravel roads. Some of the unimproved roads, too, are easily negotiated by an RV. That means nearly limitless places to camp, all with spectacular views. While I've camped here in the past, this time I'd explore a section that was new to me, and it was my first time there since purchasing my first TT.

Friend Dale and my two dogs joined me, and Dale's wife came up for night #2. The weather was perfect with cloudless skies, barely a breeze, and daytime highs in the upper 60s/low 70s and overnight lows around 40F. Our nearest neighbor was about a half mile away. Dale proudly proclaimed each day the "best day ever!"


It hasn't been long that the road has been passable. In fact, it's good that we made camp where we did, for a half mile further south a snow drift crossed the road that would've been impassable with a trailer, and was barely passable in my truck by itself.


Nearing camp.


My girl Zoe at camp.


Our camp.


Hiking the ridgeline above our camp.


A panorama from the ridgeline above our camp. Our camp is visible at left middle ground if you click through to view the original size photo.


Zoe on the ridgeline. Our camp is visible at right middle ground, as the High Peaks of the western Uinta Mountains dominate the horizon.


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Our camp.


The Wasatch Mountains just to our west.


Maggie just adores snow.


Maggie at camp.


When Maggie wanted to be alone, she'd just walk off to go to sleep on the snow adjacent to camp.


Back in the Salt Lake Valley today, the dump station at the Cottonwood Water District was busier than I've ever seen it. By the time it was my turn to dump, there were five rigs lined up behind me.
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Wow. Beautiful Campground.
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Wow. Beautiful Campground.
Thanks GGG, I appreciate your comment! But I truly hate campgrounds, that's why we were there. I'm all about space, I hate to be able to even see my nearest neighbor (I couldn't -- we only heard their gunshots as they were taking target practice). I want to be able to just open the trailer door in the morning and let the pups run off leash. We literally threw the tennis ball several hundred times for Zoe. Can't do that in a campground.
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Looks great!! I am guessing Wolf Creek Pass.
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Looks great!! I am guessing Wolf Creek Pass.
You're close, I'm impressed - especially since you're in Michigan. I was 10-15 miles to the Southwest.
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That's Beautiful!! Sounds like we are kinda alike in chosing out of the way campsites.
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Wow. Wonderful!
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Thanks GGG, I appreciate your comment! But I truly hate campgrounds, that's why we were there. I'm all about space, I hate to be able to even see my nearest neighbor (I couldn't -- we only heard their gunshots as they were taking target practice). I want to be able to just open the trailer door in the morning and let the pups run off leash. We literally threw the tennis ball several hundred times for Zoe. Can't do that in a campground.
We are hoping to come west for a month next year. Love wide open spaces.
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We are hoping to come west for a month next year. Love wide open spaces.
As an East Coast ex-pat myself, I'm sure you'll enjoy! Feel free to hit me up if you need any help around here.
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As an East Coast ex-pat myself, I'm sure you'll enjoy! Feel free to hit me up if you need any help around here.
Thanks. Would definitely take advice on places to stay like those pictures.
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Thanks. Would definitely take advice on places to stay like those pictures.
And I'm all too happy to give it. When you're ready to plan your trip, message me backchannel. While I'm reluctant to divulge precise locations in a public forum (only because I hate finding someone already camped when I arrive at my favorite spots ) I have no problem doing so via PM. Limited audience, ya know. After all, the area I was in this weekend isn't even listed on FreeCampsites.net, Hipcamp.com, Campendium.com, etc. Despite this, the area is so accessible that I saw a large Class A heading in as I was leaving today and we probably only drove 3 miles or so on graded (but admittedly annoyingly washboarded) gravel to get there.
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Two more photos, courtesy Dale:


Maggie at camp.


Our camp.
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