Green Creek Road

Mono County Wildlife Area

Mono County Wildlife Area, Green Creek Road- off Hwy 395, near Bodie

Green Creek California

Eastern Sierra

S of Bridgeport, CA
MONO – Road #142NFS

Toiyabe National Forest
Bridgeport Ranger District

If you are thinking about fishing or camping the Eastern Sierra, North of Bishop & you are not up for the crowds at Mammoth or June Lakes, then try the Bridgeport area, north on Hwy 395. Rural ranch lands along main road, Bodie ghost town turn off across the highway and Virginia Creek Settlement are also nearby

Green Creek is a 11 mile long dirt road in the lush Eastern Sierra the northern portion. The wide, graded dirt road is signed and dead ends at a Toiyabe National Forest campground called Green Creek Campground. The drive up can be washboard bumpy in some parts, but that doesn’t stop the hundreds of adventurous motorhomes that make this trek annually. This place features some of the best prime Sierra back roads camping options for RVs.

Another dirt route, Dunderberg Meadow Road peels off to the left. Dunderberg departs  off Green Creek a couple of miles from the highway and well maintained. This route leads to meadows, aspens, picture perfect scenery and much more seclusion. Passenger car accessible, wide graded dirt roads to wilderness edges. Two-track one lane trails lead to meadow edges and more creeks. Very impressive views of the Sierra peaks over here on this side. Meadows are sensitive areas, wonderful for picnics and you should always minimize impact.

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Green Creek Wildlife Area
Mono County, California

Aspen Grove Camping for RVs

  • alpine lakes
  • backpacking
  • bird watching
  • camping
  • creeks
  • day hikes
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • horseback
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • wildlife
  • wilderness

Plain old passenger cars can easily make this route deep into the Eastern Sierra aspen canyon. Graded dirt and4x4 could be needed winter months. Backpackers can enjoy easy access to the Hoover Wilderness trailheads. There is plenty semi-primitive camping spots along the way, right on the creek, for free…. so no need to sleep in your vehicle upon arrival.

Autumn Aspen Groves: fall colors peak in October, which is usually when the first snows for the winter season start. November – usually the freeze gets them and lifeless brown leaves dangle, until the Sierra Nevada wind gust blow real good.

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Green Creek Camping

DIRT ROAD CAMPING

  • alpine lakes
  • backpacking
  • car camping
  • day hikes
  • fishing camping
  • meadows
  • RV camping
  • tent camping

Hoover Wilderness

Dispersed, primitive camp spots along this main dirt road are on a first come basis. You’ll need a fire permit. Many flat camps are set along the creek in aspen groves, some pines, others have  cubby hole privacy. Large granite valley, big creek, bird, scenery and nature everywhere.  Some folks spend weeks camping out here in the warm weather months. Fishing is a big attraction.

Old Cabin in autumn leaves, up near the top of the dirt road deep in the aspen grovesNFS

Green Creek Campground USFS
7500 elevation
11 camp sites
fee, open May – October
trailhead parking nearby

hiking trails lead to

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TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS:

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El Dorado Camping

Primitive Camping in El Dorado County

Camping Rivers

More & more people are venturing off the beaten touristy path of Gold Country. Getting outta the developed campgrounds to discover the joys of dispersed back woods camping is a new adventure, not to be taken lightly.

With truck or SUV ownership come some great rewards! Order a good map & go find some dirt roads. Waterfalls, dense forests, secluded creekside camp sites & more await you. Obtaining a camp fire permit is mandatory for this style of camping.

Campfires are often banned in California, due to extreme wildfire danger. Since the gold mining foothills are usually oak and dry grass, with large steep river canyons, extra caution should be given. Always know the fire conditions before you build a campfire. Caldor Camping

Discover the hidden back roads: like Caldor Road off of Grizzly Flat Rd. – up above Placerville CA

Hey, now this is what we’re talking about. Plenty great dispersed camping down by the Cosumnes River & Consumnes Mine Rd. There are hundreds of miles of small roads to discover back behind this historic mining area. Rivers, waterfalls & decent fishing too. Make sure you clean up some litter. This is the only price you pay for the beauty, serenity, peace & quiet & no neighbor campers next to you.

Out exploring these parts, you may run into a dead end road that peters out at some Private Property, which is usually signed & fenced. Make nice with the old crazy miner dude & turn your ass around politely, everything will be okay as soon as you are not within gun shot of him. Yes, there still are plenty of small time mining experts tucked away back here in the hills.

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Premium and secluded river side camp sites in El Dorado National Forest

Plenty creeks and rivers run throughout this central Sierra region, so you can fish all day – until your hearts desire. River rafting and river kayaking opportunities are also great reasons to get wet.

Several mountain reservoirs around offer camping and boating too. Eldorado lakes are listed below.

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

  • Caples Lake @ Carson Pass
  • Ice House Reservoir
  • Jenkinson Lake – US Hwy 50
  • Kirkwood Lake
  • Lower Bear River Res. – South Shore Campground
  • Salt Springs Reservoir
  • Silver Lake @ Carson Pass
  • Union Valley Reservoir
  • nearby towns –

    El Dorado Forest Maps –

    Rock Creek California

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    Rock Creek, CA

    Due the nature of gravity, erosion and heavy rocks, creek beds tend to be rocky ravines near mountains – which collect rocks as they slide downhill. Creeks work as water drainage off the mountains. Inside California we have plenty of mountain ranges and plenty of movement, as the Pacific tectonic plate plows into North America.

    How many Rock Creeks are inside the golden state of California? Heck, I dunno. Let’s try to find them all.

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    Probably the best known, is the one near Mammoth Lakes, CA

    Rock Creek @ Mammoth

    Rock Creek Road, Eastern Sierra
    Inyo National Forest
    Road #4S12
    ROCK CREEK LAKE
    CAMPGROUND (9600? elev w/ 66 sites)
    GROUP CAMPGROUND (reservations required)
    RESORTS
    CABIN RENTALS
    Road #6S05
    WILDERNESS TRAILHEADS
    Toms Place, CA

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    Eastern Sierra Rock Creek Rd

    Off Road Gold Country, Sierra foothills

    Rock Creek, Western Sierra
    Eldorado National Forest
    HIKING & HORSEBACK
    OHV TRAILS
    4×4 CAMPS
    Georgetown, CA
    RUBICON TRAIL @ LOON LAKE

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    How can we forget the creek camping & trail access south of Shaver?

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    Jeepers on granite @ Bald Mountain, above Shaver Lake, CA

    Shaver Lake, Sierra National Forest

    Rock Creek Rd, Southern Sierra
    Dinkey Creek Area
    Sierra National Forest
    CAMPING
    4×4 TRAILS
    BALD MTN elev 7832′
    DINKEY DOME elev 7697′
    Shaver Lake, CA

    Northern Sierra
    Feather River Canyon

    Rock Creek, Highway 70
    North fork Feather River

    Large feeder creek from the north side on California SR 70, in Plumas National Forest. Located in the paved railroad canyon known as Feather River Canyon.

    Sugar Loaf Mountain elev 3553′
    plus Tobin Ridge line each side of Rock Creek as it descends the mountain tops. The junction where the creek meets the big river is just south of Bucks Creek Power Station @ STORRIE, CA. Overall location is half way in between OROVILLE, CA and QUINCY, CA

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    But wait, we have Campgrounds that are named Rock Creek too.

    Mammoth Reservoir

    Mammoth Pool Reservoir

    Rock Creek Campground – Mammoth Pool Reservoir, south of Yosemite National Park, behind Bass Lake, CA Sierra National Forest (18 camp sites)

    Rock Creek Campground – US Hwy 101 NorCal Redwood forests, north of Leggett, CA. Camp located on the Eel River, in the Standish Hickey State Recreation Area. (36 camp sites)

    Also ROCK LAKE is located inside Lakes Basin Recreation Area, northern Gold Country @ Yuba River headwaters. Hike-in access only.

    Rock Front OHV

    Similarly named ROCK FRONT RANCH is 4×4 trails & 4WD camping area. Off Highway 166, west of the city of Santa Maria on the Central Coast of Cali.

    California Water Information

    California Reservoirs
    California Water Resources

    water resources / water scarcity / land and water

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    SNOW PACK

    State Snow Depths – Wunderground
    SNOTEL Snow Depth Reports
    http://www.wunderground.com/StateSnowDepth.asp?state=CA

    California Snow Water Equivalents
    Sierra Snow Pack Data
    https://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/current/snow/

    Eastern Sierra Snow Pack by Sierra Wave
    Article published Feb 2014
    http://www.sierrawave.net/tag/eastern-sierra-snowpack/

    Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center
    Snowpack summaries published Dec 2014
    http://www.esavalanche.org/content/snowpack-summaries-begin-soon

    Sierra Avalanche Center
    Sierra Nevada Mountain Snow in California
    http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/

     

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    LAKES & RESERVOIRS

    The Lowest Lake Levels in California
    List of Reservoirs below 30% full, as reported Jan. 2015


    Conditions for Major Reservoirs in California

    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/

    • Trinity Lake
    • Lake Shasta
    • Lake Oroville
    • Folsom Lake
    • New Melones Lake
    • Millerton Lake
    • San Luis Reservoir
    • Don Pedro Reservoir
    • Pine Flat Lake
    • Pyramid Lake
    • Castaic Lake

    San Diego River & Reservoir Data
    Map of San Diego Hydrology, Water Storage
    http://www.cnrfc.noaa.gov/

    San Luis Obispo Reservoir Data
    Lakes on the Central Coast of California
    http://www.slocountywater.org/

    • Lake Nacimiento
    • Whale Rock Reservoir
    • Lake Lopez
    • Santa Margarita Lake
    • Twitchell Reservoir

    Ventura County Watershed Map
    Watershed Protection District
    http://www.vcwatershed.net/

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    RIVER FLOWS

    California River Forecast Center Map
    Overview for recent rainfall data, snow depths, and ocean temperature
    http://www.cnrfc.noaa.gov/google.php

    California Current River Conditions
    CA.gov Dept of Water Resources
    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/rivcond.html

    California River Forecast
    California Nevada River Forecast Center
    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/rivforecasts.html
    Drought Info
    http://www.cnrfc.noaa.gov/droughtInfo.php

    Upper Sacramento River Forecast
    Northern Sacto River
    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/rivfcast/USACBUL

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    NEWS & STATISTICS

    Irrigated Lands in California – Farming Map

    Dry Wells in California – DanaMite’s Map
    More than 1,480 domestic well failures in 36 counties have been reported to the state of California recently.

    California will need 11 trillion gallons of water to end epic drought by Mashable.com
    http://mashable.com/

    California Department of Water Resources
    http://www.water.ca.gov/

    Water in California – Wikipedia
    Reservoirs, Water Sources, Aquaducts, Water Distribution
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_in_California

    Residential Per Capita Water Use across California
    Water conservation measures and stats per city
    http://www.californiadrought.org/

    Aquafornia, the Water Education Foundation
    California water news from various news sources
    http://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia

    Association of California Water Agencies
    Largest statewide coalition of public water agencies
    http://www.acwa.com/content/water-information

    USGS Water Data for California
    The United States Geological Survey
    http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ca/nwis

    EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
    California Drinking Water | Local Drinking Water Information
    http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/ca.cfm

    California Water Impact Network, C-WIN
    Advocates for equitable and environmentally sensitive use of California’s water
    http://www.c-win.org/

    California Drought Map
    National Drought Mitigation Center
    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA

     

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    PACIFIC OCEAN

    Heal the Bay
    Volunteer, Beach Cleanups, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
    http://www.healthebay.org/

    The Pacific Genocide

    • Fukushima Meltdown
    • Acidification of Oceans
    • Overfishing
    • Pollution & Oil Spills
    • Marine Life Watch

    California Countryside Hikes

    California Wine Country Hikes, Gold Country Hiking, Sierra Foothills, River Trails

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