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Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

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Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby MikeP » Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:08 pm

With current stage 2 fire restrictions, can anyone confirm if the Tuolumne Meadows backpackers campground has fire rings (individual sites not talking about the community rings) and if so are they permitted for use as a front country campground??

Current Fire Restrictions
Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect.

Where: Parkwide except in open frontcountry campgrounds, picnic areas, and residential areas.
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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby balzaccom » Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:42 pm

I can't tell you if there are campfire rings...but if there are, you can use them, according to the current Yosemite guidelines.

But do you really need a campfire? And where will you get the wood?
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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby MikeP » Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:01 pm

My idea was to take some charcoal to cook a better meal before we eat dehydrated bags for 4 days. So use either the fire ring, if possible, or maybe the Lembert Dome picnic area. But I’ve never used either so I wasn’t sure about the options.
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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:46 am

I would take extra fuel and something to boil-in-bag. Don't take chances.

It's very, very very dry out there. Just got back from five days out in Yosemite, it's another drought year.
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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby jvquarterback » Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:58 am

Can't speak to TM but in the Valley at Upper Pines (where backpacker's are assigned to camp) there were multiple fires and the rangers didn't say a word. There was wood for sale in the village as well.

This was last Wednesday.
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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:43 am

jvquarterback wrote:Can't speak to TM but in the Valley at Upper Pines (where backpacker's are assigned to camp) there were multiple fires and the rangers didn't say a word. There was wood for sale in the village as well.

This was last Wednesday.


The ban is for areas outside developed campgrounds.
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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby jvquarterback » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:20 am

AlmostThere wrote:
jvquarterback wrote:Can't speak to TM but in the Valley at Upper Pines (where backpacker's are assigned to camp) there were multiple fires and the rangers didn't say a word. There was wood for sale in the village as well.

This was last Wednesday.


The ban is for areas outside developed campgrounds.


Gotcha. I thought they moved the TM backpacker's camp to the developed campground as well. We were going to stay there the night after our trip but decided to head back to the valley. I'll be there in a couple weeks.
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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby Paddy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:01 pm

They all have individual fire-rings (as of summer 2018). Don't know about fire restriction. I camped there during that big fire, and I've seen people lit up camp fire. Even the ranger had group camp fire at the "amphitheater".

One thing I do know is that one can not pick up dead woods at camp ground. Just buy them at store (if it is open).
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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby Phil » Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:59 pm

The Stage 2 fire restrictions apply to all wilderness, and that includes open fires for warmth and cooking, regardless of elevation. Fires in organized campgrounds are still allowed.
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Re: Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Canpground

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:50 am

Paddy wrote: Don't know about fire restriction. I camped there during that big fire, and I've seen people lit up camp fire. Even the ranger had group camp fire at the "amphitheater".


The fire ban is mentioned in all the pre-wilderness permit lectures and is in place partially because it is dry, but also because fighting a fire would force the crews to break social distancing while fighting it. All the national forests have a similar ban right now in California.
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