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Sitting pretty
September 24, 2012 03:33PM
On our last trip to Sequoia/Kings Canyon (SEKI) we visited a few lakes that get a little more traffic than is usual in the backcountry. Every area deals with this in a different way, since that additional traffic has three major impacts on the wilderness experience. One of those is the toilet facilities. Too many backpackers can have a very ugly impact on a heavily used campsite area. So in a few places in the backcountry, you'll find a vault toilet. It's not exactly our idea of wilderness, but we understand the problem, and we don't have a better solution.

We were particularly taken with this toilet at Twin Lakes in SEKI. It was certainly not your traditional vault toilet, and M was quite sure she we never find it easy to use...but still; nice effort. And a lovely view from the throne.




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September 24, 2012 03:36PM
That is certainly an upgrade from one I found at Lake Edison. That was just a box over a hole in the ground. No fancy walls.... just trees.
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September 24, 2012 08:02PM
Looks like a fine facility to me. grinning smiley
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September 24, 2012 11:57PM
Dummies! That's where the bears do it. outhouse
Re: Sitting pretty
September 25, 2012 12:25AM
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tomdisco
Dummies! That's where the bears do it. outhouse

Must be the mama bear's because she put the toilet seat back down.
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September 25, 2012 02:37AM
In Yellowstone, and at Grand Canyon's Clear Creek area, they had composting toilets, big round giant plastic things w/ a seat at one point. And no screening. You got an upgrade.
Re: Sitting pretty
September 26, 2012 05:17PM


Best pit toilet...Boulder Pass, GNP.

And no, that's not my ass.

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September 26, 2012 06:42PM
Just as scenic, but with a little more privacy (in British Columbia):
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September 26, 2012 09:10PM
I love this thread.

Ever since my Brother and I rented a Fire Lookout called Acker Rock in Southern Oregon about ten years ago, we have been on the lookout for "Loo's with a view", or exotic back country toilets. The toilet for the lookout was down a trail about 100 yards through the trees and out of view from the lookout. Like the others in your pictures, it's just a throne. But the view from the seat was amazing. You could see hundreds of square miles of forest and mountains. This is by far the best one I've been to.





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