California Camping Maps

California Campground Maps

Maps are the key to finding your very own slice of heaven in the Wilderness. Online map sources can barely get you to your city destination correctly, much less the remote waterfall you desire. You will need a real map for your adventure. A topographical map, with all the details, dirt roads & hiking trails. If you are seeking to stay away from the touristy crowds, this is the best possible place you can be…. on this site, searching for ways to make it happen – this weekend.

BACKPACKERS BACKPACKING MAPS –

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Mount Whitney, John Muir & way beyond the High Sierra. DanaMite has all the California Wilderness maps on the new map shop. Various brands and types of maps. Most are printed on waterproof plastic now & are tear-resistant.

CAR CAMPING MAPS –

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Planning on camping outside of the developed campgrounds & finding that perfect stream side spot without the reservation & the fees? Then you will need a free fire permit (from a ranger station), plus a good map of the forests & a vehicle capable of handling the rugged the back roads. Much of California is prone to wildfires, so make sure campfires are even allowed on the backroads, before you get out there. Call the “field rangers” for back road advice and current recommendations.

CALIFORNIA OFF ROAD MAPS –

Wanna take that 4×4 vehicle somewhere really special this season? Camp well beyond the masses, way down that dirt road. We have OHV maps for SoCal, the deserts & all the National Forest maps too.

CALIF CAMPGROUND MAPS –

Start your search on the perfect campground or camp site with the destination in mind. Mountains, deserts, coastal. Parks & forests all have their own maps with all nearby camp grounds listed. We feature all the National Forest maps, as well as some State Park & National Park maps

See all California topo, hiking, camping maps

Sierra Nevada maps

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  • RV camping deep in the Sierra

    RV camping at it's best in the Sierra; This rig found themselves deep in the alpine lush meadows with towering trees and a view and a very private camp site.

    Big Bend CA

    Big Bend Ranger Station, off I-80

    Sinkyone Wilderness

    Lost Coast of California

    Lost Coast California Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

    NPS  King Range National Conservation Area

    Redwood groves and wilderness meet the Pacific Ocean at the infamous Lost Coast of California. Northern California is NorCal – steep trails, creeks, waterfalls, ocean views, and coastal cliffs. Mendocino and Humboldt County has numerous redwood parks and picnic grounds located near Pacific Coast Hwy 1 & US Hwy 101. This particular wilderness area is located in between Westport and Shelter Cove, just west of Leggett, CA. Situated on the west side of US Hwy 101 and only accessible via a long dirt road. The Sinkyone wild lands are managed under the California State Park system.

    Sinkyone Wilderness hike Ranger Station 707-986-7711

    Sinkyone Wilderness access –

    North end – Needle Rock: 36 miles southwest of Garberville & Redway, California. Briceland Road west from Redway, this road becomes Mendocino County Road 435. The last 3.5 miles are unpaved, steep, & narrow. South end – Usal Beach: Approximately one hour north of Ft Bragg on PCH or 15 miles west of Leggett on PCH from Highway 101. Look for mile marker 90.88 on PCH. Turn north on small dirt road; 6 miles to Usal on unpaved, steep, narrow road.

    ROADS MAY BE IMPASSABLE IN WET WEATHER. RV’S & TRAILERS NOT RECOMMENDED.

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    LOST COAST CAMPING

    Usal Campground – USA Lumber Company staged a logging operation here in the early 1900’s. Now this remote spot is a popular back road campground accessibly only by a long dirt road drive. 4×4 and car camping only; No trailers or RV campers!

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    Wilderness State Park

    Fishing Maps California

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    California Fishing Maps & Destinations

    California fishing recreation ranges from sport-fishing, an open sea adventure, to solo casting in deep river canyons. Big Sierra Reservoirs near Gold Rush Country to High Country Alpine Lakes, the golden state has the water – and the outdoor recreation you crave.

    Below is an alphabetical list of popular fishing destinations within California. Mountains to coastline, there are many maps to choose from.

     

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    Baja California Maps
    Surf, Camp, Fish, Kayak, Dive
    Sea of Cortez, Baja CA Mexico

    Big Bear / San Berdoo Map
    San Bernardino National Forest
    Big Bear Lake, Arrowhead & Idyllwild
    SoCal Mountains

    but you do know that… all the good fishing is up north, right?

    Bishop Creek Eastern Sierra

    Bishop Pass Map
    North Lake, Sabrina, South Lake
    Bishop Creek, Eastern Sierra

    Bucks Lake Wilderness Map
    Bucks Lake Wilderness, Quincy CA
    Bucks Lake Campgrounds
    North Sierra Mountains

    Carson Pass, Sierra Highway 88
    Carson Iceberg Wilderness Map
    Central Sierra Nevada Lakes & Rivers

    Crystal Basin Sierra Nevada

    Crystal Basin / Silver Fork Map
    Central Sierra Nevada Mountains
    Eldorado National Forest

    El Dorado National Forest Map
    Mokelumne, American River

    Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Map
    Tom Harrison Map
    Sierra Hikes, Dinkey Creek

    Golden Trout Wilderness Map
    Golden Trout Wilderness
    Upper Kern River, Southern Sierra

    Green Creek Road
    creek fishing, trailhead campgrounds
    Bridgeport, CA Eastern Sierra

    Hoover Wilderness Map
    Hoover Wilderness
    Bridgeport, CA Eastern Sierra

    Inyo National Forest Map
    Mount Whitney, Owens River, High Sierra Lakes
    Bishop, Crowley, Mammoth & June
    Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains

    Kearsarge Pass Topo

    Kearsarge Pass Trail Map
    Rae Lakes Loop, High Sierra
    Onion Valley, Eastern Sierra

    Kings Canyon High Country Map
    Kings Cyn National Park
    Trails, Peaks, hike-in only Lakes

    Klamath National Forest Map
    Klamath River, NorCal
    Hwy 96, Happy Camp, Hoopa

    Lakes Basin Recreation Area
    Lakes Basin Map USDA
    over a dozen small lakes, w/ trails, fishing
    Gold Lake California
    Sierra Buttes, North of Gold Country

    Lake Tahoe Map

    Lake Tahoe Basin Map NatGeo

    Tahoe Eastshore

    Lassen Forest Map
    Lassen National Forest &
    Lassen National Park
    Feather River, Lassen Lakes

    Mammoth Map

    Mammoth Lakes Map NatGeo
    Mammoth Lakes CA
    Mono Divide, High Sierra
    June Lake, Eastern Sierra Recreation

    Rush Creek

     

    Merced River Recreation Map NatGeo
    Merced River & Tuolumne River
    Yosemite Camping & Fishing
    Gold Country, Western Sierra Rivers

    Mineral King Trail Map
    Southern Sequoia National Park
    day hike to wilderness lakes

    Plumas National Forest Map
    Lake Almanor, Lake Oroville
    Feather River (all 4 forks)

    Sequoia National Forest Map
    Kern River, Lake Isabella
    Kern Plateau, Kennedy Mdws

    Shasta National Forest Map
    Sacramento River, Lake Shasta
    NorCal fishing, Mount Shasta

    Sierra National Forest Map
    San Joaquin River, Dinkey Creek
    Kings River, Pine Flat Reservoir
    Lake Edison, Florence
    Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake
    BlackRock, Courtright, Wishon

    Stanislaus National Forest Map
    Stanislaus National Forest
    Sonora Pass, Dardalelle
    Stanislaus River, Gold Country

     

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    Tahoe National Forest:

    Tahoe Sierra Buttes Map NatGeo
    Sierra Buttes / Donner Pass
    Lakes Basin Recreation Area

    Tahoe Yuba Map NatGeo
    American River, Yuba River
    Gold Country California

    Toiyabe National Forest:
    Eastern Sierra Nevada Mts

    Toiyabe Carson Map
    Carson River, Markleeville
    Eastern Sierra, South of Tahoe

    Toiyabe Bridgeport Map
    Walker River, Twin Lakes
    Eastern Sierra, Yosemite East

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    let’s not forget the ever expanding

    California Lake List

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    Onion Valley Campground

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    Spectacular Small Campground in a granite bowl above 9000′ elevation.
    Inyo National Forest near Independence, CA
    Eastern Sierra California

    One of the best high elevation trailhead camp for backpackers in the Sierra.

    High Sierra Lake Hikes

    Onion Valley Campground camp

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Onion Valley CA

    • Elevation: 9,200′
    • Number of Sites: 29
    • Vehicle Accessibility: no RVs
    • Campsites Reservation: Yes
    • Length of Stay: 14 Days
    • Season: June – Sept
    • Trailhead Parking

    Inyo National Forest 
    Mount Whitney Ranger District
    760-876-6200

    Trailhead parking & camping for these High Sierra destinations –

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    High elevation NFS campground, located in a huge granite valley w/ waterfalls, wildflowers and aspen groves. The setting is breathtaking and the high altitude valley is nothing less than grand.

    The views (east to the Owens valley) are from the paved road up, or from the hiking trails leading up outta camp. Gotta hike up (on foot) to see the views! Any visitor that does not hike, will be missing out on the best features of this destination. Plan to spend more than one day at Onion Valley.

    ONLY OPEN for summer months! This small, developed campground closes annually.  Big winters and deep snow is the norm w/ elevation this high.

    tent camp walk-in camp sites, as well as car camping sites.

    • picnic tables
    • fire rings
    • vault toilets
    • piped water
    • bear boxes

    ONION VALLEY ROAD
    access via Independence, CA

    The paved road is long and very winding; sheer cliffs, steep drops, hairpin curves, minimal guard rails. RV motorhomes are not allowed on this route, due to the steepness of the terrain and the narrow roadway. conradkid2001

    • backpacking
    • camp
    • hiking
    • horse pack trips
    • lake fishing
    • mountaineering
    • rock climbing

     

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    Rae Lakes Loop MapHIKING LAKES in the Sierra

    • Bench Lake
    • Big Pot Hole
    • Charlotte Lake
    • Flower Lake
    • Gilbert Lake
    • Golden Trout Lake
    • Heart Lake
    • Lower Pot Hole
    • Matlock Lake
    • Rae Lakes Loop
    • Robinson Lake
    • Slim Lake
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    Golden Trout Lake Canyon

    Bear in California

    California Black Bears

    California Black Bears

    Although the grizzly bear image graces the state flag, grizzlies were killed off during the gold rush days. Black bears are found in California mountains and foothills, down to lowest elevations in NorCal. The black bears come in more than one color –  light brown, dark brown, and of course, black. For the most part, bears usually stay away from people.

    Some areas are more prone to bear problems due in large part to the overpopulation of tourists and abundance of food provided by them. Certain California National Parks are particularly notorious for their brazen bear populations. Concentrated bear problems are sometimes posted so be very aware.

    Bear Habitat

    Follow some simple rules:

    • Keep a very clean campsite
    • Clean up all dirty dishes & beverage containers (especially before bedtime)
    • Keep clothing & sleeping bags free of food odors or heavy scents
    • Never leave any type of food garbage outside of a cabin or mountain home
    • Store garbage properly inside a locked, sturdy container inside garage or a shed
    • Stay away from bear cubs, there is sure to be a mother in close proximity
    • Try not to hike alone. Make noise & sing on trails to scare away any unwanted animals.
    • Bear storage canisters are available at sporting good stores & at stores in most National Parks.

    Proper Food Storage Outdoors:

    Bear Boxes @ Campground

    Store food in closed up automobile, not visible. Store food correctly: in trunk of your car, or hidden from sight; in campground food lockers when available.

    Lock all food, beverages and coolers in the provided metal bear boxes or bear lockers where available.

    Toothpaste, deodorant & anything that has a scent should be thought of as food and stored accordingly.

    Bears are so strong they can rip your car door open (in places like Yosemite, where bears are problem and you can get cited for not storing food items properly)

    Bears are so strong they can break open a garage door to get to the smelly trash inside, so make sure you utilize the curbside pickup service available in some mountain communities or take a trip to the dump once per week.

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    DO NOT LEAVE FOOD OUT, UNATTENDED, outdoors…
    during a picnic lunch, during a barbeque, or dinner at the campfire.
    (Birds, dogs, squirrels and wild animals can move in quickly.)

    Backpackers should hang food in nylon bag & drape over weak branch in high in tree: hang your food using the counterbalance method. Ranger who issues your wilderness permit can explain the hanging procedure;

    2 stuff sacks (with drawstrings) for your food items, and 60 feet of medium weight cord. 2 carabiners make hanging much easier.

    Bear Canisters

    Bear Canisters

    for your food
    when exploring the wilderness

    hikers tent campers mountains rivers picnic lakes

    Bear Repellent / Bear Mace
    Bear Pepper Spray

     

    Additional Storage Tip

    As for storing food inside cars:

    If I am primitive car camping on a dirt road area that does not have campgrounds or bear lockers, I store food in my SUV convertible vehicle on the front floorboards with towel over it – with the car alarm set. Any large animal trying to break in will get blasted with alarm noise & possibly run away, plus the noise will wake us up to deal with the intruder.

    If a bear does get into your camp area:

    • Make as much noise as possible: yell, bang pots/pans, whistle, air horn and get your bear mace or pepper spray ready in hand
    • Raise your hands up to appear larger
    • Get your entire camp group together, join hands and spread out everyone at the camp should be outside the tents in order to be as effective as possible
    • Throw rocks & small objects
    • If possible, try to get to your car for protection & honk the horn
    • If a bear charges at you, drop to the ground and curl up in a tight ball. Cover your head, face and vital areas. Play dead.

    If you encounter a bear on a hiking trail:

    • Make as much noise as possible while walking solo. Hum, sing, talk to the birds. Sing or talk to yourself – out loud.
    • Carry bear spray (mace or pepper) or a weapon for added protection
    • If a bear approaches: stand still, slowly retreat, say a few calming words in a friendly voice and never make eye contact
    • If a bear charges at you, drop to the ground and curl up in a tight ball. Cover your head, face and vital areas. Play dead.

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