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Old 05-04-2021, 04:47 PM   #8
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I went through a number of different sources (Jeff's book, the QT Guidebook by Ben Cramer, a GPSed list of sites compiled by Bob and Carol Zinn and published to, and the Purple Lizard Maps) and compiled a list of possible campsite locations along the trail. Included is the mile marker, whether the site has water, and a short description (and also a citation of the source used to gather information about that site). I figure this info may be useful to others at some point (such as anyone googling the trail who happens to stumble across this thread in the future):

All miles are from the traditional trailhead at Parker Dam, and correlate with the mileage listed in the Cramer Guidebook. I did subtract 1 mile for any mileage after the Medix Run re-route to account of the new (shorter) route (included in the notes is mileage for those sites if approached via the old route).

Mile Water Description
0.50 N/A End NO CAMPING, State Park Lands
0.68 Yes "Nice camping" along Little Laurel Run (Cramer)
1.54 Yes "Pretty nice campsite on island in stream" along Little Laurel Run. LNT much? (Cramer)
1.90 Yes "Possible campsites" in rocky area along Little Laurel Run (Cramer)
1.97 Yes "Many possible camping locations on both sides of stream" in "relatively flat and sparsely forested" area along Little Laurel Run (Cramer, Purple Lizard)
4.90 Yes Campsite near Alex Branch (Zinnware)
5.21 Yes Campsite along Alex Branch (Zinnware)
5.76 Yes "Possible camping spots on other side of stream" along alex Branch (Cramer)
5.98 Yes Campsite along Alex Branch, "nice camping spot" (Zinnware, Cramer, Mitchell)
6.36 No "Dry camping" possible in hilltop meadow (Cramer)
7.30 N/A Begin NO CAMPING, State Game Lands.
8.96 N/A End NO CAMPING, State Game Lands.
9.56 Yes "Nice camping in this area" along Roberts Run (Cramer, Mitchell)
13.35 Yes "Some possible campsites" along Deer Creek in rocky terrain, "camping along creek" (Cramer, Mitchell)
15.44 Yes Campsite along Gifford Run. Small 1 to 2 tents in existing cleared area. "Nice camping spots on far side of bridge." (Zinnware, Cramer, Mitchell, Purple Lizard)
16.13 Yes "Great camping spot in hollowed out area (possibly an old quarry)" along Gifford Run (Cramer, Purple Lizard)
18.12 Yes Campsite along Deserter Run (Zinnware)
21.39 No "Dry campsite" (Cramer)
23.98 No Dry campsite, Water source is 0.28 miles downhill, "Dry campsite with partial views." (Zinnware, Cramer)
24.28 Yes Campsite near building and along Gifford Run Other locations possible just down the trail near Mosquito Creek (Zinnware)
24.50 Yes "Nice camping" at Twelvemile Run/Corporation Dam site (Mitchell)
29.54 Yes Campsite at Cole Run (Zinnware)
36.00 Yes Campsite with spring along Lower Three Runs, "a few nice camping spots a bit uphill from here" (Zinnware, Cramer, Mitchell, Purple Lizard)
37.56 Yes "Area that is generally favorable for camping" along Upper Jerry Run (Cramer, Mitchell)
38.24 Yes Campsite Upper Jerry Run, "nice but cramped camping spot" (Zinnware, Cramer, Purple Lizard)
38.50 Yes Campsite Upper Jerry Run, "some possible camping spots here and there" (Zinnware, Cramer)
40.39 Yes Campsite Upper Pine Hollow, "some possible camping opportunities in this area" but "tough to find a flat spot" (Zinnware, Cramer)
40.97 Yes "Possible camping area near confluence with another branch of Upper Pine Run," "potential campsite where Upper Pine Draft joins" (Cramer, Mitchell)
41.29 Yes Campsite Wykoff Run, "Turn right into a possible camping spot" (Zinnware, Cramer)
41.90 Yes "Several nice campsites down along stream" in Laurel Draft (Cramer, Purple Lizard)
43.40 Yes Campsite head of Laurel Draft, "turn left at nice campsite" (Zinnware, Cramer, Mitchell)
45.75 Yes Campsite Little Fork Vista (Zinnware)
45.99 Yes Campsite Arch Springs, "an intriguing campsite," "potential campsites," reports of broken glass all over ground here (Zinnware, Cramer, Mitchell)
47.01 Yes Campsite Sanders Draft, "cleared out campsite on left," "nice campsites" (Zinnware, Cramer, Purple Lizard, Mitchell)
47.40 Yes Campsite Sanders Draft (Zinnware)
48.00 Yes "A couple of cramped campsites" (Cramer)
48.37 Yes Campsite Sanders Draft, "a nice campsite near the confluence of two branches of Sanders Draft" (Zinnware, Cramer, Purple Lizard, Mitchell)
48.95 Yes "Some possible camping sites in this area" along Red Run (Cramer)
49.94 Yes "Some nice camping spots between the grade and the run" at the mouth of Porcupine Draft (Cramer)
50.50 Yes Campsite Porcupine Draft (Zinnware)
54.73 Yes "Some camping spots in this area" at the third crossing of Deible Run (Cramer)
54.92 Yes Campsite Mix Run, "nice camping area in a bottomland" (Zinnware, Cramer, Mitchell)
55.09 Yes "Many nice camping spots" in Mix Run hollow (Cramer, Purple Lizard)
55.71 Yes "Another fine area for camping" on either side of Mix Run (Cramer)
56.22 Yes "More good camping in this area" near headwaters of Mix Run (Cramer, Purple Lizard)
59.08 N/A Begin NO CAMPING, State Game Lands, head of Sliver Mill Hollow.
59.37 N/A End NO CAMPING, State Game Lands, head of Sliver Mill Hollow.
69.29 Yes Campsite Saunders Run, "excellent campsite to left" NOTE: MILE 70.29 VIA OLD QT (Zinnware, Cramer, Purple Lizard)
70.60 Yes "Can scramble down to several viable campsites" along Saunders Run NOTE: MILE 71.60 VIA OLD QT (Cramer)
71.09 No "Dry campsite" 0.4 miles east of Tyler Road NOTE: MILE 72.09 VIA OLD QT (Cramer)
71.98 No "Meadows in this area offer some possibilities for camping" 0.5 miles west of Tyler Road NOTE: MILE 72.98 VIA OLD QT (Cramer)
73.25 N/A Begin NO CAMPING, State Park Lands

And the same for the old stretch of the QT via Bear Run:

63.60 Yes Campsite Medix Run, west side of creek. NOTE: OLD QT (Zinnware)
63.80 Yes "Slim possibilities for camping" along Bear Run NOTE: OLD QT (Cramer)
65.82 No "Dry, open air campsite" in upper reachs of unnamed hollow near Laurel Run NOTE: OLD QT (Cramer, Mitchell)
66.22 Yes Campsite Unknown Branch NOTE: OLD QT (Zinnware)
66.79 Yes "Excellent camping area" in bottom of Laurel Run hollow NOTE: OLD QT (Cramer, Purple Lizard)

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