If you do decide to pay for camping in South Lake Tahoe–because sometimes that is cheaper than dirtbagging–it’s only $5 a night with a the Interagency Pass (National Park Pass). The campground has two bathrooms (pit toilets), potable water, bear lockers, fire pits, nice flat pads for a tent, and rests at the base of Lovers Leap!
Coming in after dark on an eight hour drive in made me dedperate and hungry! I stopped for gas at some nowhere stop forty miles shy of ridge crest and am really pleased to have found a mellow, cheap, and hassle free place to lay my head. Might I add, that most places offer sites for $17 to $33 a night. At those rates, yes, it’s cheaper to find some shady dirt pullout on some rarely travelled serial killer infested (bears) logging road!
All in all, $20 to live at Lovers Leap in South Lake Tahoe is fine by me! And if you don’t have the Interagency Pass, it’s still only $10 a night. But you should really just get the pass, especially if you’re going to enter a national park more than twice a year.
Over n’ out!