Our favorite boondocking spot is no more...

Discussion in 'Boondocking' started by MsMac, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. MsMac

    MsMac Active Member

    May 19, 2016
    We had been planning to go up there this past weekend. Had all of the cold weather gear packed, water loaded in the truck, pretty much everything ready to go on Thursday night. On Friday morning, my partner thought to take a look at the forest service website to make sure the road was open and passable. Much to our surprise, a fire map came up, with this ridge pretty much in the center. Dry lightning had started about 20 fires on August 11, 4 of which came together to become the McLeod Complex fire. Fortunately, it is now 91% contained, after burning about 24,000 acres. It will likely be many years before our ridge is campable again though. :(

    Some photos from a trip we took in 2016:





    On the positive side for us, we were able to scope out some pretty good sites this past weekend, and we were able to stay at a small campground I've wanted to stay at for years.

    We'll definitely miss Sweetgrass Ridge though.
  2. generok

    generok Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    Anchorage, AK
    Shoot, that's a shame.

    It will grow back though. Just give it a couple of years.
  3. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2013
    Kansas City
    That looks like a sweet spot. [:)C]
  4. MsMac

    MsMac Active Member

    May 19, 2016
    Around those parts, it's about 6-8 years before things really start getting back to normal, assuming that the fire wasn't hot enough to sterilize the soil. There is a place, actually near this one, that was burnt 2 years ago, and the soil is just all black, not a shoot in sight.

    It will probably be a couple of years before they even try to open the access road. It's about 18 miles, with certain parts definitely prone to subsidence and landslides, even without fire damage. The thing that will prompt the forest service to perhaps move faster is that there's a radio tower on top of the ridge that will need maintenance.
  5. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Oct 15, 2006
    Graceville, Florida
    It is a shame to lose a favorite (and beautiful) spot, but mother nature has the final say and there is nothing we can really do but curse our bad luck and , as you have done, look for another place and sometimes find a place just as nice or even nicer. Good luck on your searches and Happy Camping.
  6. tfischer

    tfischer Well-Known Member

    The forest cycle seems so long compared to our human life cycle. It's easy to say "it's part of nature" but it's still a shame to lose a great camping spot. But I trust (and hope) you will find one even better while this one rejuvenates. Happy Camping.

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