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California Trailhead Recommendations:

The Sonora Pass, corridor between Carson-Iceberg & the Emigrant Wilderness

Inyo High Country, near Bishop & Mount Whitney in the majestic Eastern Sierra California. Let us not forget the fierce, alpine bowl of Onion Valley w/ Kearsarge Pass & Rae Lakes Loop. Yeah baby!

Monache Meadows, the Upper Kern, where Golden Trouts are born; Big Sequoias & Mineral King

Kaiser Pass, Mono Hot Springs, the High Country, near Ansel Adams Wilderness & John Muir Trailheads

Coyote Lake, Sierra NF / Tamarack Creek

Castle Crags State Park w/ views of Mount Shasta

Point Reyes National Seashore

Ventana Wilderness, Prewitt & the Big Sur Coast

Trinity Alps Wilderness, Hwy 3 near Trinity Lake

NorCal Red Buttes Wilderness, near Oregon

Klamath's Marble Mountain Wilderness

Courtright Reservoir & Wishon, Western Sierra

Downieville , Sierra Buttes, Lakes Basin, Gold Lake

see more hiking trail heads & ideas for California trips

Most National Parks, State Parks & Wilderness Areas require a backcountry permit registration previous to getting on the trails if your planning for an over night visit. The purpose of this is to locate backpackers of an emergency (wildfires or storm dangers). Free permits can be obtained free at most visitor centers or ranger stations. Many parks have trail head parking spots with self-registration.

Access roads to the Wilderness trailheads are sometimes dirt & may be ungraded, very long & very remote. Pick your trailhead depended on the road conditions, grading & snowfall amounts. Call a field ranger for more up-to-date info. And know your cars limitations. Mud or creek crossings are quite common. Plus the Waterproof maps by Tom Harrison are the best choices for backpacking.

Below are the pages to all parks & forests in California, some lakes, plenty trailheads, plus the high Sierra bliss.

Oak Hills 

Angeles National Forest

Cleveland National Forest

Los Padres National Forest

San Bernardino National Forest

see more on California Backpacking Guides & Backpacking Tours

Physically not up for carrying a pack?

Llama Pack Tours, Horse Pack Trips or Primtive Camping on Back Roads

backpackers links of interests:

Pacific Crest Trail Association

20s 30s Singles Sierrans

Bay Area Hiker

Coast Walk - Volunteers

Hiking Lake Tahoe
Leave No Trace

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