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kevino

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Haven't been up there and have two questions...

 

For people that stay a handful of nights up there, do you sleep at road pull outs, in campgrounds or..?

 

Second, does verizon have service up there? Going to be meeting up with a second partner while I'm up there so just wanted to know in advance to figure out logistics...

 

Thanks!

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I've stayed at the pullouts before, but found it's worth the $12 a night for the Lone Fir campground. Far less bugs and traffic. Only a ten minute drive to the pass.

And NO on cellie, you'll lose good coverage in rockport, with a tiny window in Newhalem, after that it's all the way to Winthrop before it comes back.

Have fun! That's my favorite climbing neighborhood in WA

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Klipchuck (I think that is the name) is a nicer campground in my opinion. It is not right on the roadside, and it gets morning sun. Worth an extra ten minutes' drive.

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there was (and hopefully still is) a pay phone at the mazama general store.

 

the early winters campground (my name may be off but the nearest campground to mazama) is nice too. I haven't stayed at any other though. A nice creek to chill beers.

 

If you are on the cheap, you can stay at the cutthroat trail head for free. there are a scattering of camp spots or stay in your vehicles. A outhouse is available and a creak is nearby. I have not had issues with bugs there but I could have been lucky.

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no Verizon bars.

 

i've always camped in the Bluelake TH parking lot...usually in the rig put you'll see people with tents on the pavement.

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What is the scouting report on the bugs right now? I was up not to long ago and they were manageable (perhaps it was just the light winds).

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I usually camp at the Cutthroat Lake trailhead. It's about ten minutes down the road from the hairpin, and it is a couple of minutes off the road. No charge, no services, but it has a lot less of a mosquito population and is quiet.

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I've thrown the bivy bag out at the Blue Lake trailhead a few times and with wax earplugs slept fine. The Cutthroat TH is a quieter option though. I've also hauled the bivy sack up when doing a few days climbing.

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