Renegade Backcountry Campsite is a single, high-elevation site in woods above the junction of Tonahutu Creek Trail and Haynach Lake Trail. The 10,500-foot-high site is a perfect base camp for hiking to Haynach Lakes or climbing Nakai Peak and Sprague Mountain. The glacial cirque north of the campsite is gorgeous, with towering mountains surrounding the lakes. It’s a long haul to gain 1,700 feet from Green Mountain Trailhead to the campsite so allow eight or so hours to backpack to it. The 7.3-mile hike ascends Green Mountain Trail to Tonahutu Creek Trail in Big Meadows, then follows the trail past Granite Falls to the site. There’s no privy at the site; use wag bags for sanitation. Get water from Tonahutu Creek but boil or treat it before use. The campsite is snow-free by July 19.
Recommended season(s): Mid-July through September.
—Stewart M. Green