Snow Mountain Wilderness

Snow Mtn Wilderness

Mendocino Forest, Lake Pillsbury

North of Wine Country, east of US Hwy 101

2018 (Mendo Complex Wildfire) Ranch Fire has burnt a good portion of this area; the wilderness and forest roads are closed indefinitely.

Located in the coastal mountain range north of Clear Lake and west of Stonyford, California; in between I-5 and US 101
On the southern half of the Mendocino National Forest.

snow mountains

60,076 acres
East Snow Mountain Peak – 7056′ elevation
West Snow Mountain Peak – 7038′ elevation
Lake Pillsbury – 1818′ elevation
Mendocino National Forest
Eel River
Elk Creek
Cold Creek
Anderson Creek
Corbin Creek
Sheet Iron State Game Refuge

  • backpacking
  • camping
  • hang gliding
  • horseback trails
  • off roading
  • paragliding

Snow Mountains MapWilderness permits and campfire permits are required. Check local rangers for up to date weather conditions, road closures, parking and trail conditions.

Dirt Roads M10 and M3 are the major routes around this mountain area. Route M10 is also known as 43A on some older maps. Several 4×4 trails skirt the wilderness boundary near the tallest peaks, so you may see some OHV use in this region when hiking.

ranger stations


National Forest Office
Grindstone Ranger District
Willows, CA

Stonyford Work Center


Upper Lake Ranger

Covelo Ranger District

NFS campgrounds nearby


  • North Fork Campground (Road# 18N03)
  • South Fork Campground (Road M10)
  • Fouts Campground (M10)
  • 4x4 trails

  • Grey Pine Campground (M10)
  • Mill Creek Campground (M10)
  • Dixie Glade Campground (M10)


  • Lower Nye Campground (Road M3)
  • West Crockett Campground (M3)
  • Upper Nye Camp (M3)
  • Windy Point Campground (M3)

hiking trailheads

  • Bloody Rock (Road M6)
  • Crooked Tree (Road M3)
  • North Ridge (M3)
  • Windy Point (M3)
  • Upper Nye (M3)
  • Bear Wallow (Road# 18N06)
  • Trout Creek (@ Fouts Springs)
  • Dixie Glade (Road M10)
  • Summit Spring (M10)

2017: a large landslide has closed the dirt road route in between Lake Pillsbury & Alder Springs, CA. Road M6 closed indefinitely.

off road routes nearby

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Big Basin Redwoods Campground

Big Basin State Park

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!

State Park
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

Real Forest Camping

  • camp
  • backpacking
  • hike
  • picnic
  • redwood groves
  • creeks
  • waterfalls
  • campsites
    hike in campground
    primitive camp

    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.

    RV camp
    tent cabins

    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.

    Big Basin Redwoods State Park Campground

    nearby communities:

    Redwoods Camping

    Tahoe Camping

    Lake Tahoe Campgrounds

    tahoe camping

    Lake Tahoe California
    Lake Tahoe campgrounds – located right near the lake. Most of which accept campground reservations in advance online. blue links lead to camp reservation services.

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Bayview Campground 6000′ 10 pines vault Emerald Bay, SLT
    Camp Richardson Tahoe 6500′ 330 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe
    Campground by the Lake 6000′ 157 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe
    D.L. Bliss State Park 6000′ 168 pines flush piped Westshore, Lake Tahoe
    Eagle Point Tahoe 6100′ 100 pines flush piped California State Park
    Emerald Bay State Park 6000′ 16 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe CA
    Fallen Leaf Lake Campground 6737′ 205 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe CA
    General Creek Campground 6000′ 175 pines flush piped Westshore, Lake Tahoe
    Kaspian Campground 5800′ 20 pines flush piped Westshore, Homewood CA
    Lake Forest Campground 6300′ 21 pines flush piped Northshore, Tahoe Vista CA
    Meeks Bay Campground 6000′ 17 pines flush piped Westshore, Tahoma CA
    Mount Rose Campground 8500′ 24 pines flush piped in Nevada @ Tahoe
    Nevada Beach Campground 6200′ 54 pines flush piped Nevada Lake Tahoe
    Pope Beach Campground 6000′ 49 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe CA
    Sandy Beach Campground 6300′ 44 pines flush piped Northshore, Tahoe Vista CA
    Silver Creek Campground 5800′ 26 pines vault piped Truckee River fishing
    Sugar Pine Point SP 6200′ 30 pines flush piped Westshore, Tahoma CA
    Tahoe Pines Campground 6000′ 49 pines flush piped Meyers California
    Tahoe Valley Campground 6000′ 413 pines flush piped South Lake Tahoe CA
    Tahoe Campground SRA 6200′ 16 pines flush piped West shore, Tahoe City
    William Kent Campground 6300′ 95 pines flush piped Westshore, Tahoe City
    Zephyr Cove Campground 6200′ 170 pines flush piped boat rentals Tahoe NV

    All Tahoe Campgrounds charge a fee; Many require advanced reservations. Nightly rates vary per park. Most campgrounds are closed during the winter due to snow. Check with the ranger districts listed here.


    camp RV camps NFS hikes fishing mountain biking camps river fishing

    Tahoe National Forest encompasses a large region of the Sierra Nevada mountains surrounding the north portion of Lake Tahoe. American River, Yuba River, Northern Gold Country; Plus many small lakes with excellent forests, including Lakes Basin Recreation Area.

    Blue Lakes has several campgrounds as well, south of South Lake Tahoe.

    Grover Hot Springs State Park is also south of Lake Tahoe, near Markleeville.

    Below are Tahoe Campgrounds located away from the Lake Tahoe Basin; Most small camps are on a first come, first serve basis. blue links lead to camp reservation services.

    campground elev. spots veg toilet water notes
    Ahart Campground 5300′ 12 pines vault American River
    Alpine Meadows 5900′ 25 pines vault Martis Creek
    Bear Valley Campground 6600 10 pines vault piped OHV trails, Sierraville
    Berger Campground 5900 7 pines vault lake Packer Lake, fishing
    Big Reservoir Campground 4000 18 pines vault piped non motor lake, Foresthill
    Boca Campground 5605′ 26 pines vault boat launch
    Boca Rest Campground 5605′ 25 pines vault piped on Boca Reservoir
    Boca Spring Campground 5800′ 17 pines vault piped horses
    Bowman Lake 5585 7 pines vault lake Donner area
    Boyington Mill Campground 5680′ 12 pines vault Boca Reservoir
    Cal-Ida Campground 2000′ 21 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Canyon Creek Campground 6000′ 20 pines vault creek Donner area
    Carlton Flat Campground 2200′ 21 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Carr Lake Campground 5900′ 5 pines vault lake Carr Feeley Lake
    Chapman Creek Campground 6000′ 29 pines vault piped Yuba River
    Chute Hill Campground 3400′ 30 pines flush piped Malakoff Diggins SP
    Cold Creek Campground 5800′ 13 pines vault piped Sierraville
    Cottonwood Campground 5600′ 24 pines vault piped Sierraville
    Dark Day Campground 2200′ 16 oaks vault piped Bullards Bar Reservoir
    Diablo Campground 5800′ 20 pines vault  Yuba River
    Donner State Park Campground 5850′ 154 pines flush Donner Lake
    East Meadow Campground 6100′ 46 pines flush piped Jackson Meadows Reservoir
    Fiddle Creek Campground 2200′ 15 oaks vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Findley Campground 6100′ 14 pines flush piped Jackson Mdws Res
    Fir Top Campground 6100′ 12 pines vault flush Jackson Mdws Res
    French Meadows Campground 5300′ 75 pines vault flush French Meadows Reservoir
    Garden Point Campground 2000′ 19 variety vault fishing boats
    Giant Gap Campground 3700′ 30 pines vault fishing boats
    Goose Meadow Campground 5800′ 24 pines vault piped fish Donner
    Grouse Ridge Campground 7400′ 9 pines vault Bowman Lake
    Hampshire Rocks Campground 5800′ 31 pines vault piped fishing camp
    Independence Lake Campground 6900′ 20 pines vault piped fishing, Sagehen Forest
    Indian Springs Campground 5600′ 35 pines vault piped fishing, Yuba River OHV
    Indian Valley Campground 2200′ 17 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Jackson Creek Campground 5600′ 14 pines vault creek
    Jackson Point Campground 6100′ 8 vault boat access Jackson Mdws Res
    Lakeside Campground 5700′ 41 vault boat ramp Prosser Reservoir
    Lake Spaulding Campground 5000′ 24 vault boat ramp PG&E Campground
    Laiser Meadow Horse Camping 6200′ 11 vault piped High Sierra PCT access
    Lewis Campground 5300′ 40 pines flush piped French Meadows Reservoir
    Lindsey Lake Campground 5900′ 7 vault lake
    Lodgepole Camping 5800′ 18 vault Lake Valley Reservoir
    Loganville Campground 6000′ 29 vault piped Yuba River, Sierra City
    Logger Campground 6000′ 252 pines flush piped Stampede Reservoir
    Long Ravine Campground 2300′ 28 pines flush piped Rollins Reservoir
    Lower Little Truckee 6000′ 15 vault piped Truckee River fishing
    Madrone Cove Campground 2000′ 11 vault Bullards Bar Reservoir
    Meadow Lake Campground 7200′ 15 vault Sierra fishing camp
    Meadow Lake Shoreline 7200′ 10 vault High Sierra Nevada
    Mumford Bar Campground 5300′ 5 vault Foresthill Road
    North Fork Campground 4400′ 17 vault piped American River
    Onion Valley Campground 2300′ 5 oaks vault Sierra fishing camp
    Orchard Springs Campground 2300′ 15 oaks flush piped Rollins Reservoir, Colfax
    Pack Saddle Campground 6000′ 15 pines vault pump Packer Lake
    Parker Flat OHV Camping 3900′ 7 pines vault off roading trails
    Pass Creek Campground 6100′ 30 pines flush piped Jackson Mdws Res
    Peninsula Campground 2300′ 58 pines flush piped Rollins Reservoir
    Pine Aire Campground 2700′ 75 pines flush piped South Yuba River Camp
    Poppy Campground 5300′ 12 pines vault French Meadows Reservoir
    Prosser Campground 5800′ 29 pines vault Prosser Res.
    Ramshorn Campground 2600′ 16 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    River Rest Campground 2700′ 105 pines flush piped South Yuba River Camp
    Robinson Flat Campground 6800′ 5 pines vault well
    Rocky Rest Campground 2300′ pines vault Yuba River, Downieville
    Rucker Campground 5800′ 10 pines vault Rucker Lake fishing
    Sagenhen Campground 6480′ 10 pines vault
    Salmon Creek Campground 5800′ 32 pines vault fishing Lakes Basin Recr
    Sardine Campground 5800′ 29 pines vault Sardine Lake fishing
    Schoolhouse Campground 2200′ 56 oaks flush piped Bullards Bar Reservoir
    Scott’s Flat Campground 3200′ 86 oaks flush piped Scotts Flat Reservoir
    Shirttail Creek Campground 3700′ 30 pines vault Sugar Pine Reservoir
    Sierra Campground 5600′ 16 pines vault Yuba River, Sierra City
    Silver Creek Campground 5800′ 27 pines vault Truckee River fishing
    Snag Lake Campground 6000′ 12 pines vault Gold Lake California
    South Yuba Campground 2700′ 16 pines vault South Yuba River Camp
    Sterling Lake Campground 6500′ 6 pines vault lake
    Talbot Campground 5600′ 5 pines vault American River
    Union Flat Campground 3400′ 11 pines vault piped Yuba River, Downieville
    Upper Little Truckee Camp 6100′ 26 pines vault Truckee River fishing
    Webber Lake Campground 6800′ 60 pines vault lake Sierra fishing
    White Cloud Campground 4200′ 46 pines flush piped biking, Nevada City
    White Rock Lake Camp 7800′ 8 pines none High Sierra Nevada
    Wild Plum Campground 4400′ 47 pines vault piped waterfalls, Sierra City
    Woodcamp Campground 6100′ 20 pines flush piped
    Woodchuck Campground 6300′ 8 pines vault creek
    Yuba Pass Campground 6700′ 12 pines vault piped Yuba Pass, Hwy 49

    towns surrounding Lake Tahoe

    towns in the Tahoe region

    Tahoe Views

    Ventura Beach Camping

    Ventura Campgrounds


    Ventura County Park Campgrounds

    on US Hwy 101 Seacliff / Mussel Shoals stretch of beach

    Ventura City Campground RV Parks

    blue links lead to State Park pages with camp reservations.

    State Park

    Ventura State Beach Campgrounds

    Ventura Lake Parks

    Ventura County coastal towns


    Beach city w/ nice downtown, north of Los Angeles, CA

    See also – Ojai Camping, Santa Barbara Beach Camping and Santa Barbara Mountains Camping


    Central Coast Beach Camping


    Beach Camping
    on the California Central Coast

    Camping right on the sand is possible in California, you just need to drive far enough to find it. Campground reservations are common (year round) on this stretch of coastline, since PISMO is a premier vacation spot for most of Central California.

    blue links lead to State Park pages for camp reservations  camp

    This camping page features all beach front camping options along the Central Coast, from Santa Barbara to Big Sur. State Parks, State Beaches, bay side marinas and rugged rural coast camps. We even list private campgrounds and RV parks, just so you have more choices.

    Santa Barbara Camping & State Parks

    Flying Flags RV Resort, Buellton, CA

    River Park RV Campground, Lompoc CA

    Santa Maria Pines Campground (CLOSED)

    San Luis Obispo Camping, Off Road & RV Parks

    pismo beach

    Pismo Beach Campgrounds

    Oceano Dunes State Park (SVRA) – Pismo Dunes Off Road Area State Park

    DSCN2931Pismo State Beach State Park

    • North Beach Campground

    county park camping Pismo

    RV camping near Pismo, CA

    Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

    Pacific Dunes Ranch & RV Resort

    Pismo Sands RV Park

    Le Sage Riviera RV Park, Grover Beach, CA

    Montana de Oro

    Steep Cliff Dunes @ Montana de Oro State Park

    San Luis Bay & Point Conception
    Avila Beach, Morro Bay Camping

    Avila Beach RV Camping Sites

    Avila Beach Hot Springs Camping

    Montana de Oro State Park State Park

    El Chorro Regional Park Campground

    Morro Bay State Park Campground State Park

    Morro Strand State Beach State Park

    Morro Strand RV Park

    Morro Dunes RV Park


    San Simeon & Big Sur Campgrounds

    San Simeon State Park Campgrounds State Park

    • San Simeon Creek Campground
    • Washburn Primitive Campground

    Big Sur Camping & State Parks

    Big Sur Coast


    Los Padres National Forest

    USDA National Forests lies inland along the Central Coast of California, all the way from Ventura to Monterey.  Numerous recreational lakes and back roads that lead to secluded small campgrounds. Primitive dispersed camping is allowed, but campfires are limited to local fire restrictions. The later part of the year means drier conditions and sometimes campfires are not allowed during wildfire season. Obtain a free campfire permit & check current conditions from the local ranger before venturing into the backcountry.

    Central Coast Inland Lakes Camping

    Launch Spot

    Flying high at Reyes Peak Launch Spot, Los Padres NF