Boondock Information: Finding Boondocking locations
This picture is of the Enchaments Basin of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in eastern Washington state. Just by looking at the picture you can tell that boondocking locations are missing up there. It is a great backpacking destination and is highly recommended to anyone that can crawl up Assgard Pass.
Here is a another picture of Monday's boondock destination in Montana. Now that's more like it. Notice the semi's parked above the firefighters tents.
These are two different landforms. Now Landforms are defined as "A specific geomorphic feature on the surface of the earth, ranging from large-scale features such as plains and mountain to minor features such as hills and valley.
Boondocking or dispersed camping in an RV requires paying attention to landforms in different parts of the country. Some landforms lend themselves really well to boondocking in an RV. Other landforms make it difficult to find enjoyable camping spots.
Boondocking or dispersed camping locations are usually found on ridgetops or valley bottoms. They are hardly ever found mid-slope. When working for various federal agencies I classified and looked at boondock campsites. Closed a few and created a few. Mid-slope sites were only used by hunters in the fall. The most popular sites were along water down in the bottoms. Some of the best sites were up high on wide open ridges with great view, great radio and TV reception and of course cell and internet access. They were also much less crowded.
Here is a picture of common landforms found out west. I know the picture is a wonderful graphic, but it works to convey the information.
The next landform has broad ridges and broad valley bottoms. This is a great area for boondocking. Except, since these are glacial valley's in many cases getting from the ridge top to the valley bottom can be difficult due to steep slopes. Usually there are few roads that connect the ridgetops to the valley bottoms. Parts of the Bitterroot and Gallentin National Forest have these landforms.
Next we will talk about using Forest Service and BLM maps to find YOUR PERSONAL BOONDOCK location. It does help being a professional Forester in finding boondock locations, but in the next several postings I will share information with you that will make you just as expert!