Fouts Springs California
2018 (Mendo Complex Wildfire) Ranch Fire has reached this area and it is closed indefinitely.
Paved Road M10, Mendo National Forest
This area may or may not be burning as I type, but I just wanted to show you how beautiful it was back in the spring 2018. Click on images to see larger format.
Fouts Springs is multi-use recreation area on the east side of Mendocino National Forest. Located near the Snow Mountain Wilderness trailhead, this region is popular with the off-road boys.
|Davis Flat Campground
|Little Stony Campground
|Mill Creek Campground
|South Fork Campground
||Stony Creek, OHV
Fouts campgrounds are located on the EAST SIDE of Mendo NF on paved road M10. Situated below 2000′ elevation and open year round!
Road M10 Mendocino
TRAVELERS NOTE: Tent campers, RV and truck campers can easily access this area, all paved roads. Exit Williams or Willows on I-5 and head west. A decent backcountry map or Mendocino National Forest Map is advised; Numerous canyons, forested creeks and campgrounds. Always check with Mendocino National Forest for road closures and conditions.
OFF-ROADERS NOTE: Use caution on paved access road M10, especially when driving with trailers or large RVs. Narrow road, long and winding with blind curves and no guard rails!! Always check with Mendocino National Forest for road closures and conditions.
Mendocino Ranger Stations can be found on link below
Big Basin Redwoods Camping – Big Basin State Park
By far, one of the best Redwood State Parks near the San Francisco Bay Area. Very popular on weekends and all summer long. Reservations are recommended. Open all year!
These are the majestic Santa Cruz redwood forests, located behind Boulder Creek, California. Off of Hwy 9, this redwood park has awesome hiking, easy access & overnight accommodations to suit your style. Stay in a tent cabin, a developed campground or use the walk-in camp sites for a real natural setting.
Real Forest Camping
Big Basin Redwood Campgrounds
184 camp spots include:
- 74 tent campsites
- 38 walk-in sites
- 41 tent cabins
- 31 RV campsites (27′ max)
Additionally there are 40 hike-in camp sites & 4 group camps, by reservation.
RESERVE a CAMP SITE or TENT CABIN in the REDWOODS
If you prefer not to camp out among the ferns & the forest, then the tent cabin may be the way to go, or there are several dozen inns nearby. Select the towns below for lodging options.
East of Lake Isabella and west of Walker Pass, there is a small community called Canebrake along Highway 178 Canebrake Road, a graded dirt road climbs up into pinyon pine forests. Lamont Peak (aka Lamont Pinnacles) is a decent hike & rock climbers dig it too.
Chimney Creek Campground is along the main road and has RV access (28′ max), for the motorhomes who do not mind a little dirt road driving. Easy trail access to numerous area hikes. The PCT is routed close by.
Long Valley Campground is tucked way back in the boonies with trailhead leading into the granite Dome Lands; Fishing and river access to the South Fork of the Kern.
Long Valley Loop Road (2001)
Long Valley Loop Road circles the Chimney Peak Wilderness, which skirts the Domeland Wilderness. THE LOOP is washed out and ROAD is NOW CLOSED in one portion. See BLM web site for up to date info.
[ see the photos from 2001 ]
nearby towns –
maps of the region –
SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST MAP
DOMELAND WILDERNESS MAP
HIKING MAP PCT #3 (PACIFIC CREST TRAIL)
California Coast Trails
Coastal hikes are the mildest trails California has to offer, ranging from scenic strolls along the base of beach cliffs to steep redwood forested canyons. From Torrey Pines in San Diego to the multiple redwood parks along the North Coast, there is no shortage of hiking near the coastline. Southern California has more beaches than parks, with tide pool areas being a favorite destination for many. Central Coast has lush, fern canyons with year-round flowing creeks and numerous bluffs and rugged beaches. Bay Area has hiking trails nearly everywhere – along the bay, in the woods or on the coast. NorCal has all the wilderness, parks and remote beaches one could ever hope for. What are you waiting for? Get out there.
San Francisco Bay Area Hiking
hiking trail maps
Channel Island National Park Map
Los Angeles Hiking Maps
Los Padres NF South (Ojai, Santa Barbara, Frazier)
Los Padres NF North (San Luis Obispo, Big Sur)
Marin Hiking Maps
Mendocino National Forest Map
Six Rivers National Forest Map
Ventana Wilderness Map w/ Silver Peak
California Guide to City Hikes, Urban Hiking Trails & Local Community Parks
California has thousands of parks, forests, preserves and open spaces for public use. Outdoor recreation, museums, gardens, pools, biking, equestrian and hiking trails. There are State Parks, National Forest & National Parks gracing nearly every corner of the golden state. Each California county has numerous county parks and within downtown regions, city parks can be perfect, scenic, picnic spots, or the parks could include hiking trails – like San Diego’s Balboa Park that is 5 square miles big.
Community Resources for California: Parks & Recreation
Local museums, city parks, county parks, found under individual town listings on California A-Z