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Title: Eastern Sierras
Post by: Dan de La Mesa on October 01, 2017, 06:01:00 PM
This year we repeated most of a California trip we made last year, stopping at some of the same places as before. Two of the campgrounds are so spectacular that I wanted to mention them again.

We went up I-15 and US395 from San Diego, stopping first at a rustic campground in the Owens Valley, Tuttle Creek. https://www.campendium.com/tuttle-creek-campground
There are vault facilities and potable water at maybe half a dozen spigots. Prices have gone up to $8 a night this year, $4 with the Senior Pass. 83 sites, mostly vacant, beautiful mountain vistas both east and west, large spaces at considerable distance from each other and a fast-running creek.

Our other repeat campground was just outside Yosemite, Lower Lee Vining campground. https://www.monocounty.org/listing/lower-lee-vining-campground/1329/
Fairly dense aspen and pine forest with its own large stream. Again, the spaces are generous and fairly distant from each other. While Tuttle Creek is more a boulder and desert campground, Lower Lee Vining is a forest setting with interesting trails. $14/night or $7 with the Senior Pass. Vault toilets, NO water.

Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: Tom on October 01, 2017, 06:30:43 PM
Thanks for the report.

Being a fisherman, I'm partial to Browns Owens River Campground (http://www.brownscampgrounds.com/owens.html), alongside the Upper Owens River. From Hwy 395, turn at the small green-painted church a few miles south of the Mammoth airport, drive 7 miles and the road crosses the Upper Owens; The campground is on your right. Back in the 80's this was boondocking, but capitalism took over.
Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: Mauleman on October 30, 2017, 07:48:41 PM
try fly fishing the stream just below the fish hatchery.... some monsters have escaped over the years.....
Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: Tom on October 30, 2017, 08:09:28 PM
Which fish hatchery?
Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: Arch Hoagland on October 31, 2017, 01:18:00 AM
What are "vault facilities" ?
Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: Tom on October 31, 2017, 03:55:00 AM
Here you go: https://youtu.be/ov_AQ9qTnPs
Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: AStravelers on October 31, 2017, 06:06:59 AM
What are "vault facilities" ?
See Tom's video.

Vault Facilities are the upgraded toilet facilities the NF, BLM and others started installing about 30 years ago to replace the old wooden outhouses.  The vault is a concrete toilet structure built over a concrete waste holding tank.  Much nicer than the old wooden outhouses. 
Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: Lou Schneider on October 31, 2017, 03:55:10 PM
But most vault toilets don't  have running water, sinks or showers. Improved ventilation keeps the pit odor out of the interior.

Take a look at these...

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Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: Mauleman on November 01, 2017, 07:18:18 PM
Which fish hatchery?
  there's one just south of Mammoth on 395 on the owens... close to the airport...
Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: Tom on November 01, 2017, 08:04:42 PM
Quote from: Mauleman
there's one just south of Mammoth on 395 on the owens... close to the airport...

Thanks! I'll check it out next time we're in that area.
Title: Re: Eastern Sierras
Post by: jackiemac on November 01, 2017, 08:38:39 PM
  there's one just south of Mammoth on 395 on the owens... close to the airport...
This is Close to Mammoth Hot Creek where a bit of True Grit was filmed. Good catch and release apparently...