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Tour of California

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Day hiking near Mammoth Lakes, CA

Tour of California, by Total Escape

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California has so much land and sheer beauty, it’s hard to wrap your mind around the vastness, much less the amazing and awe inspiring scenery. Snow skiing, kayaking, horseback, snowmobile, sleigh rides, dinner cruises, beer trains, wine tasting and so much more.

Drive California top to bottom (from Shasta to Baja) and you could be looking at months of prime vacation time. If you have that kinda luxury free time. If not, you might be looking for a local weekend of adventure, cave history or sightseeing. Total Escape has been featuring California tours for decades. We have something perfect just for you!

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Tour California

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Sierra Nevada Lakes

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California Sierra Lakes
Sierra Lake Destinations
Sierra Lake Campgrounds

One of the best physical features about California is the amount of lakes and reservoirs it holds – in the mountains, foothills and the canyons, throughout the state.

recreational lakes – Huge, dammed reservoirs to the secluded, alpine lakes in the high country and all the variations in between.

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There are literally thousands of lakes located within the Sierra Nevada mountains and it would be ridiculous to try to list them all here. Many of them can only be reached by hiking into Wilderness.

Most California lakes are popular and well known recreation spots, but others are secluded – if you drive far and long enough back on the dirt road. Some do not allow motorized boats and most do allow fishing and swimming. Some have campsites on the waters edge, while other camps are up on a hill over looking the lake.

Below listed are some Sierra lakes that allow camping on the lakeshore or nearby. Most campgrounds are suitable for RVs, tent camping, and some may require 4 wheel drive to reach them. bass lake

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Total Escape has several hundred more lakes & obscure camps listed under Almanor, Lakes Basin, Secluded Lakes, Yosemite Lakes, Tahoe & the Eastern Sierra Lakes page.

Or just check the tag for Lakes & Reservoir

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Bucks Lake Wilderness

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Bucks Lake Wilderness Area

Bucks Lake, California
Plumas National Forest

topo mapIn the hills and canyons above Chico many wonders can be found. North Sierra Nevada mountains, medium sized recreation lake surrounded by lush forest; N of Lake Oroville and S of Lake Almanor. North Fork Feather River canyon forms the northern boundary to this designated Wilderness Area. The area is popular with backpackers and PCT hikers, as well as equestrian and the region has over a dozen campgrounds. Backcountry terrain includes an impressive 6 mile long canyon wall.

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hotels Bucks Lake Lodging

The popular boating destination, Bucks Lake reservoir, is just outside the wilderness boundary, which makes for an excellent destination for day hikes. Boating, fishing, backpacking, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, snowmobiling and mountain biking are just some of the outdoor recreation in the area. This Wilderness region features a Silver Lake and Gold Lake, as well as numerous other small, unheard-of lakes. A few can be accessed by vehicle, but more than half are hike-in only lakes.

  • backpacking
  • boating
  • cabin rentals
  • camping
  • canoeing
  • fishing
  • floating
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • Bucks Lake Wilderness
    23,958 acres
    5200′ elevation at Bucks Lake

    Alpine wilderness, mountain peaks, hiking trails, PCT trailheads, numerous small lakes, plus large recreational fishing lake

    Bald Eagle Mountain – 7183′
    Bucks Mountain Peak – 6819′
    Mount Pleasant – 7067′

    Small lakes around the Bucks Lake Wilderness Area

    Bald Eagle Lake
    Blue Lake
    Cape Lake
    Gold Lake
    Grassy Lakes
    Jacks Meadow Pond
    Kellogg Lake
    Lost Lake
    Mud Lake
    Rock Lake
    Silver Lake
    Snake Lake
    Smith Lake
    Thompson Lake
    Three Lakes
    Upper Mud Lake

    regional maps –

    nearby towns –
    Berry Creek, CA
    Meadow Valley, CA
    Quincy, CA
    Chico, CA
    Oroville, CA

    lodge and cabins
    historic lodge burnt down, but they rebuilt and are re-opened again

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    more info –

    Bucks Lake Trailheads (PDF)
    BucksLake.net
    Bucks Lake Fire Dept
    Bucks Lake Wilderness Wiki

     


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    Fly Fishing Faire

    Fly Fishing

    Fly Fishing Workshops
    Mammoth Fly Fish Streams

    The only On-The-Water Fly Fishing Faire in the Western States. 3 ½ days of everything flyfishing. Classes for the complete novice all the way to tuning up the long distance cast for masters. Learn to tie your first fly. Catch your first trout on the fly. Maybe even let them go! On-the-water workshops with area guides from Bishop to Bridgeport, streams to lakes. Also tours, films and events for the non-anglers so the whole family can enjoy.

    Annual event: September
    818-200-1499

    Eastern Sierra
    Mammoth Lakes, CA

    southwestcouncilfff.org/faire

    Mammoth Fly Fishing

    Another Scene From Fisherman's Heaven

    Mammoth Fly Fishing

    Golden Trout Wilderness

    Golden Trout Wilderness Area

    granite Upper Kern River is Mount Whitney snow melt
    • 303,511 acres
    • elevation range 1,000′ – ­13,000′
    • pine forest, chaparral
    • granite walls, domes
    • 379 miles of trail
    • summers are busy
    • snow in winter
    • best in early spring
    • wood fires may be restricted
    • portable stoves permitted
    • water plentiful
    • rock climbing & mountaineering
    • fishing
    • backpacking
    • primitive hot springs
    • waterfalls, swimming holes
    • wilderness permits required for overnight
    Golden Trout Wilderness surrounds the mighty gorge of the Upper Kern Canyon, south of Mount Whitney.
    Inside

    TULARE COUNTY

    bordering

    Inyo National Forest

    Sequoia National Forest

    Eastern Sierra Interagency Center
    760-876-6200

    Golden Trout / South Sierra Wilderness Map USDA

    Golden Trout Trail Map

    Located in the South Sierra Nevada mountains alongside the Southern Sierra Wilderness. Inside the remote rugged peaks of a deep, granite crevasse known as the Upper Kern River with ancient Sequoia forest to the west and to the eats, some of the tallest peaks in the Sierra range. This wild land area is home to the California golden trout and is the main water flow southward from the tallest peak in the lower 48  – Mount Whitney on the Eastern Sierra front.

    Sequoia National Forest
    Monache Meadows
    Inyo National Forest
    Mountain Home State Forest
    Sequoia National Park
    Mineral King

    Golden Trout Wilderness

    Roads, campgrounds and trailheads surrounding Golden Trout Wilderness

    Eastern Sierra –

    Horseshoe Meadows Road (paved) leads up to high elevation meadows from the high deserts of Lone Pine, CA. Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) access; Mount Whitney and John Muir Wilderness are to the north. Equestrian corrals and horse trails. Camping is limited to a one night stay at any of the 3 campgrounds up here.

    Golden Trout Trailhead Campground: elevation 10,000′ / 12 walk-in sites / closed winter
    Horseshoe Meadows Campground: elevation 10,000′ / 18 walk-in sites / closed winter
    Cottonwood Equestrian Camp: elevation 10,000′ / 10 horse corrals / closed winter

    Forks of  the Kern –

    Fork of the Kern / Loyds Meadow Road #22S82 – This main paved road connects the Kern River (Sierra Hwy Road #99) to the lower elevation, granite slopes of the Western Divide, and the route dead ends at Jerky Meadow parking lot. Camp 1-6 are primitive camp areas located on dirt side roads and 4×4 might be required on some of them. Obtain a campfire permit from rangers in Kernville. Fishing, camping, waterfalls and swimming holes are popular in this region. The big developed camp along this road, is located 10 miles up, in a pine filled valley on Peppermint Creek on the west side of the street and is within the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

    Lower Peppermint Campground: elevation 5300′ / 17 camp sites / open year round

    Lloyd Meadows @ Sequoia Forest Road# 20S67 – is the Forks of the Kern Trailhead & the dirt road that accesses it, is very popular among equestrian campers.

    Western Divide Highway –

    Road #20S79 leads from Western Divide Hwy to Lewis trailhead.
    Road #20S50 leads from Western Divide Hwy to 2 hiking trailheads.

    Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers, CA –topo maps

    South Fork Road leads up Kaweah River at Southfork trailhead.
    Mineral King Road is only open seasonally, access to high country lakes and trailheads.

     

    SEQUOIA AREA MAPS –

    Golden Trout Wilderness Maps
    Sequoia National Forest Map USDA
    Inyo National Forest Map USDA
    Mineral King Map
    Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP Map
    NatGeo Sequoia Kings Map

    Golden Trout Wilderness trailheads:

    east side –
    Cottonwood Trailhead (near Lone Pine)
    Blackrock Trailhead (Monache Mdws)

    south side –
    Jerky Trailhead
    Forks of the Kern Trailhead
    Lewis Camp Trailhead (Western Divide)
    Summit Trailhead (Western Divide)
    Clicks Creek Trailhead (Western Divide)
    Camp Wishon Trailhead (Western Divide)

    west side –
    South Fork Trailhead (Three Rivers)
    Atwell Mill Trailhead (Silver City)
    Franklin Pass Trailhead (Mineral King)

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