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May 8, 2013
I will be heading out to Mt. Charleston for a few days and was wondering if there is free dispersed camping within a few miles of The Hood climbing area. I called the National Forest people but they weren't sure so maybe they don't own that land. She actually said people have been just popping up tents where ever they want. I haven't been up there in a few years but that doesn't sound right to me. Any recommendations or ideas on who owns the land?
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steve mullins
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May 8, 2013
if you drive past the roost passing it on your left there are two dirt roads on the right side before you come to the final turn, you can camp off those roads national forest style and there are two OK boulders there (conglomerate, the rock is much better at roost/ hood)


sorry, idk the names of the roads!
Jon O'Brien
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May 8, 2013
Great! I think that I found the roads you are talking about on Google maps. Before the Hilltop Campground area, correct? Thanks for the info steve mullins
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May 9, 2013
actually, i believe they have closed all free camping on the mountain- did that last year to the disappointment of alot of locals. there used to be a great free campground at the junction of the 156/158 (this is the one that Jon is talking about).

You'll have to pay if you want to camp on the mountain as far as i know. you may be able to camp backcountry for free- i'd check with the USFS (the curators of Mt. Charleston) to find out.
John Wilder
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May 9, 2013
Which way again?
I'm pitching a tent right now just thinking about camping. Cunning Linguist
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May 10, 2013
beck on limestone
No Cost Car Camping...we'll the USFS made that pretty difficult. By keeping it very much on the down low you could camp in these three places for a few days. What the USFS focuses on is trash and fires rings left by picnickers....don't be one of those people...nough said.

You could pitch a tent are at the Echo trail parking lot trail-head off Echo Road by the wells. You could probably sleep in your pickup or van here if the neighbors did not complain. They might complain about noise, lights at night, public urination, feces, trash...you get the idea.

Second place is at the west end of Mary Jane Falls parking lot. Walk out west a bit and find a level site. East end of the parking lot has one level - sort of - space you could dirt bag in.

Third place is walking in to the old free camping area (now blocked to vehicles with boulders) just south and adjacent to the trail head parking lot off Echo Road which accesses The Hood. Please no campfires. It's already very dry up there.

There are side roads uphill of the Boy Scout Camp on the Deer Creek Road you could camp for a short time. That might be a shorter drive if you plan to climb at The Ice House, Glass House or Robber's Roost

I saw a van leveled up and parked overnight in the South Trail parking lot 2 weeks ago. No ranger hassle for those French climbers.

It's already hot on the south and east facing slopes of the Hood till after 2:00PM. Snow up there today to about 8500 ft but it will probably melt off fast.
Thomas Beck
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May 13, 2013
Thanks for the info. Our camping will be minimal with no fires. I will give USFS a call today and see what they have to say. steve mullins
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