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Black Canyon Lake Camping

Due to some changes in the camping situation around this area, I have decided to change this to a different location and a week later.

There is a lot of free camping space near black canyon lake, where you can drive right up to an open bit of land and start camping. No long hike or anything for this, so people scared off by that should like this.

You can jump in a car and get to a store relatively quickly from here if we find we need anything, it is a much more relaxed hiking trip than Strawberry will be.

I will look into trying to set up Strawberry still, maybe in September.

There are fire restrictions on every forest in AZ right now, so we can not have a camp fire, we will try to figure out a propane system to bring for cooking.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So much fun!!! You wimps that bailed due to the rain missed out!

    July 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Even though a few people flaked, I still had a great time with the ones that went. Would definitely do this again.

    July 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This event was awesome ... Lake walk in hot sun ... card games (Apples to Apples) inside the tent while raining ...long walk in the woods and figured some interesting wild flowers and lizards.... Cheese smokies .... outdoor card game in the evening ... Camp fire ...Marshmallows .... ended the event in Denny's with a good breakfast.

    July 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sergei we can pick you up if you are having car issues.

    July 28, 2012

  • Rick

    I'm pretty certain everyone is coming back Sunday. I am considering coming back Saturday night, but I will be prepared for more.

    July 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just double checking, but we will be coming back sometime on Sunday right? I wasn't sure if you guys were staying into Monday or longer...

    July 26, 2012

  • Sergei K

    the road to black canyon is usually flat and graded, i dont see any issues

    July 26, 2012

  • Rick

    Willy, there isn't any cost to the location, so no,but if you hope to carpool with someone you might want to bring a bit of cash to chip in for gas.

    July 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will I need to bring any money to pay you for anything Rick?

    July 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn you weather forecast. There should be only two percentages for predicting rain: 0 and 100%. Anything in between is useless.

    I am down for camping in the rain. I think at the very worst, we can just sleep in cars.

    July 26, 2012

  • Rick

    I should mention my biggest concern for myself is with the rain between now and then, not the rain that weekend. There will be pretty deep mud, this isn't really the desert anymore up there and the mud will get deep and I don't trust my car not to get stuck. Also this is a thunder storm not just rain, so lightning is a potential concern.

    July 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Camping is about battling the elements... storms and all. Rain and mud and lightning just make it all the more exciting! I'm still in. I have a cooler, an air mattress, and an SUV to sleep in if necessary. ;-)

    July 25, 2012

  • Sergei K

    Got snowed on at Black Canyon Lake 2 years ago in October :)

    July 25, 2012

  • Sergei K

    Lets hear some opinions. As for me, i could care less, rain, snow, bring it on :)

    July 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm open to still doing it this weekend, as Arizona really doesn't have any prolonged rainstorms and therefore, while there are scattered rainstorms in the forecast every day, the entirety of the storm on a given day won't last more than 30-40 minutes at most. If we needed to huddle up in our cars during these storms, I think we can manage. The only other option I can think of is doing this sometime in the fall where the weather is colder (but less of a chance of rain).

    July 25, 2012

  • Rick

    So we have a bit of a problem. The area we are planning to camp is looking at thunderstorms and rain starting tonight and not clearing up for over a week. I am thinking we need to reschedule this, but I want everyone's opinion first. here is the forecast: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Show+Low+AZ+85901:4:US
    Let me know what you think, and if you would like to reschedule, when would be a good time for you.

    July 25, 2012

  • Rick

    I looked into the firepit, but it seems there aren't any usable ones that run of the 16 oz propane tanks available. I will just grab a basic burner/grill to add some cooking space. I will bring a small cooler with ice and some food stuffs and gatorade/water, a tent, sleeping bag and air mattress.

    July 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I only have a sleeping bag and I'm going to borrow a tent from a friend. I will probably bring some food and snacks and some water. But I don't have any of my camping stuff here in Phoenix. Should we do a headcount to have a more realistic idea of who is going?

    July 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we have everyone post what they are bringing so we can do a quick inventory?

    July 23, 2012

  • Rick

    I will look into a propane firepit. For food, bring some things you would like, but most of use will probably share around. Make sure you bring water, and I suggest a couple protein bars or something easy and filling that doesn't require cooking just in case.

    July 23, 2012

  • Sergei K

    There's a fire ban in place, so no fires. I have a propane stove you guys can use. If somebody can get hold of propane fire pit, that'd be awesome.

    July 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should everyone bring food for themselves? Will anyone bring stove? Should we bring firewood and lighters?

    July 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a large tent that can fit several people if need be.

    July 22, 2012

  • Rick

    Normally there is no problem with having a car there for a couple days, there are bars there and people leave their cars there when they can't drive all the time. The number to get a hold of me is[masked]

    July 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drive if needed.

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will they tow if you leave your car in the tempe marketplace overnight?

    July 19, 2012

  • Sergei K

    i'll bring 2-way radios for the convoy.

    July 19, 2012

  • Rick

    I say we meet at Tempe marketplace at 8:00 AM and get organized and figure anything and see who wants to carpool or who is following who. it is about 120 miles to the camp site so we will probably be there between 10:00 and 11:00. If you plan to meet us there, make sure to call or text when you get there to figure out where we are/if we are there yet.

    July 19, 2012

  • Rick

    I am figuring on meeting at Tempe Marketplace(negotiable) and we can try doing a follow the leader/carpool there, a couple of us know where we are going. However, if you separate, here are some basic directions. We are taking the 87 straight into payson, and then in Payson, there will be a right turn onto the 260 going east. From here it is a little under 40 miles to Forest Service Rd 300. From there, we hunt for space to set camp. Service road 300 is dirt road mostly, but it's smooth.

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm actually interested in going as well. However, I was wondering about the tent situation. I only have my sleeping bag in Phoenix and none of my camping gear. However...maybe the weather will be nice enough for just sleeping on the ground without a tent.

    I was also wondering if I can carpool with someone. My car is not exactly the type for driving long distances. It gorges itself on fuel. I live in N. Scottsdale.

    July 15, 2012

  • Rick

    I think we will probably be okay, we generally find a spot okay, there are a lot of smaller camp areas if you keep going down that dirt road there. I think we should try to gather together before heading that direction so we can stick together, the hardest part has always been finding the group once in there.

    July 10, 2012

  • Sergei K

    Would anybody be up for going there a day before and reserving some spots for the group?

    July 8, 2012

  • Sergei K

    I believe the whole Apache-Sitgreaves is under restrictions, everything along Rt 260. No smoking outside of vehicles either. Propane firepits are allowed, as far as anything flammable is a big no-no.
    BTW, just got back from Bear Canyon Lake, and it was 70 degrees up there :)
    Black Canyon is nice to camp at, but it gets busy pretty quick on the weekends.
    I have propane stove and lanterns to bring as well..

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hear ya. Looks like it is in fact closed right now too: http://bit.ly/R4BKY4. Black Canyon Lake is a good camp though, so I'm still game for that.

    July 3, 2012

  • Rick

    I think it is open and fine for now, but there are a lot of fire problems up there all over right now, so I would rather not be 4 miles from vehicles if something happens. Just a precaution, figuring on still doing Strawberry at some point after some water hit's the area and makes it a bit less dangerous.

    July 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've got a propane lantern from a previous "no fires" camping trip. It's less exciting, but it is what it is. It would be nice if someone else had a camp stove too. Did you check to see if Fossile Springs is closed, or are you just assuming it is from what I said about the fires?

    July 3, 2012

  • Rick

    Yeah, I might also need to push this back a week. Just looked into the Apache-Sitgreaves Forest, looks like camp fires are banned everywhere this summer, be we can stick with propane. I am considering camping near Black Canyon lake, a ways east of Payson not far into the Black Mesa district of the Apache-Sitgreaves Forest. This would be a more relaxed camping trip where we could camp just a short distance from the cars. Would anyone be interested in this for the 28th-29th weekend?

    July 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apparently there are some wild fires in strawberry right now. Might force a venue change.

    June 30, 2012

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