QITNL wrote:Not to hijack the thread - just a little diversion - what are the options for winter car camping in the Tahoe area? Say in a little pickup with a camper shell.
Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park and Grover Hot Springs SP used to be open in the winter, but apparently not any more. I think most of the Forest Service campgrounds are closed.
The Yuba Gap-Donner Summit-Blackwood Canyon-Taylor Creek-Echo Lake SNO-PARKs are probably an option. Though they are often a little noisy when close to a busy road. I'll have to check to see which allow in-vehicle camping.
Any "dispersed camping" around there in the winter, any other options or ideas? Thanks.
Back in the 1970's when we did that, we'd park along Castle Peak Road and hangout in the snow all night. It was a short way to pack into the nearby meadow for two dudes with tents, blizzard notwithstanding. Once we car parked and camped at Zephyr Cove. Now Tahoe is a highly regulated zone with no parking signs and such everywhere. I'd think neighbors would report strange people and the law would zoom in quickly as dope would be assumed, most people wouldn't be trying to snow car camp. Or whatever weird event.
One guy I knew said he camped in his van at the Boreal Sno-park, but he was paying the fee and had asked for permission. Older harmless dude by them. And big money to sue if he was touched wrongfully.
Myself, I head for Reno where it's cheaper and better for me, aside from the civilized experience. I've car camped in the winter probably too many times, they all say nuts, here!