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Offline mcb2012

Hi there,

I am new to touring and new to this site, but very excited to join.  I am planning on doing sections 2 and 3 of the Sierra Cascades route from Truckee to Mt. Rainier.  I plan on leaving Aug 24ish and will aim for 40 mi/day, giving myself until Oct 1ish before flying back.  I have three questions for now:

1. I am having a hard time finding information on the cost of camping along the way.  If anyone who has done this portion of the route can advise me on this it would be very helpful.  I am on a limited budget and would like to have an idea for planning purposes. 

2. I don't have the ACA maps yet, but also would like to know if the entire route is on paved roads or does it also include dirt roads/ rough road conditions

3. from browsing the discussion forums it seems a section on highway 89 is quite hairy due to the vehicles.  Has this been sorted out (meaning an alternative route)?

Thank you!

M
« Last Edit: July 05, 2012, 01:56:59 pm by mcb2012 »


Offline mcb2012

Re: Question about Sierra Cascades road conditions and camping costs
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 03:47:15 am »
Thanks Fred,

I did find those posts before.  I'll just have to wait for the maps and go from there.

Be well,

Megan

Offline adventurepdx

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Re: Question about Sierra Cascades road conditions and camping costs
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2012, 07:11:32 pm »
1. I am having a hard time finding information on the cost of camping along the way.  If anyone who has done this portion of the route can advise me on this it would be very helpful.  I am on a limited budget and would like to have an idea for planning purposes.

Assuming that you'll be camping mostly in National Forests, plan on spending up to $20 a night in developed campgrounds. And "developed" campgrounds in National Forests usually mean pit toilets and a water pump. I've found that campground fees vary widely, even in the same National Forest. This because many National Forest campgrounds are run by contracted private concessionaires, and they are the ones who set the price. (In fact, there can be multiple concessionaires running campgrounds in the same National Forest.) Less developed campgrounds may be cheaper, a few may even be free. But these ones may not have a (treated) water source.

Of course, one of the advantages of riding through National Forests (and BLM land) is that you can pretty much camp anywhere for free. Check in with the local ranger station to see if there are any restrictions.

National Park campgrounds have a little more in the way of amenities. (Flush toilets! Sinks!) Looks like camping in North Cascades National Park run $10-12, don't know what it will be in other parks. (For comparison, regular campsites in Glacier (not on the Sierra Cascades) were $20, however, they had hiker-biker sites for $5 a person.) You can't free camp in a National Park, though.

Private sites are a crapshoot for prices, though $20 a night is a good average to prepare for.

Hope this helps.

Offline jerrbeck

Re: Question about Sierra Cascades road conditions and camping costs
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2012, 05:15:55 am »
Hi Megan. Just saw your post. You selected a wonder area to tour in. We did it from Canada to Lake Isabella over the last two summers. If you haven't already done so, I suggest you check the journals on Crazyguyonabike published in 2010, when the route opened. Many of us made special efforts to identify possible overnights whether we used them or not. Our 2010 journal is http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=RrzKj&doc_id=7515&v=8H
Unlike some of the others we had little difficulty with Hwy 89. A crummy road, yes, but we never felt in danger!
Have a great trip,
Jerry
Jerry

Offline mcb2012

Re: Question about Sierra Cascades road conditions and camping costs
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2012, 01:14:52 pm »
Thanks for your help!  I'm leaving in a week and can't wait.

Megan