Speedcat, i have heard numerous rave reviews of the Big South Fork area. I need to get there. Yes, they are slated to charge $4 per person per night. Supposedly it will be a superior real time online reservation system and 1 or 2 back country rangers will be paid out of it. I have mixed views on this as I do like user fees but I think it is kind of steep and if I take my family I am looking at $20 per night which is relatively steep compared to a front country campsite. I have done all but Bullhead to LeConte and my favorite two trail option is the Alum Cave and Boulevard options mixing a stay in at Icewater too. 3 Februarys ago we crossed the Boulevard during an approaching front. We get to the summit of LeConte and the winds were howling at 65 mph with a light snow. It was amazing to be there during a winter storm. I need to get up there this summer and enjoy a light light pack for once (lol)....
Bob, Tonya and the kids
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