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Los Angeles Group Camping

Los Angeles Group Camping

Angeles Crest Campgrounds

Angeles

 

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Bandido Campground 5,700′ 120 pines vault piped Group Camp
Coulter Campground 5,200′ 50 pines vault piped Group Camp
Jackson Flat 3,400′ 180 pines flush piped Jackson Lake
Los Alamos Campground 2,600′ 75 sage flush piped Pyramid Lake
Meadow Group Camp 5,200′ 100 pines flush piped Lower Chilao
Lightning Point 6,200′ 200 pines vault none Group Camp
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Outdoor Clubs, found in L.A.

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Pyramid Lake
Family Fun @ Pyramid Lake, along Interstate 5

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DanaMite

founder of Total Escape

Internet Pioneer

totalescape.com  – online since 1996

(before the dot com crash, before digital cameras, before GPS, before social media & way ahead of smartphones)

Sole creative force of Total Escape, Dana Williams left her 3D animation career to start living and working her dream job, online and off. Utilizing artistic talents, computer skills, a vast knowledge of the California landscape and a simple love of nature, to make it all come together for a killer web site called Total Escape. 22 years online means fresh content & updates every month; reworking web code every few years to keep up with various browsers, apps, maps, etc.

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“travel agent to the back woods”

greenhouseLiving close to the earth with organic gardening and rural living, DanaMite strives to offer California residents, new-comers and visitors unique, local destinations, concentrating on the outdoors – well away from overcrowded, busy, urban cities and tourist traps. Total Escape can show you how to discover the secret, hidden spots on your public lands that the gov web sites will not even dare to mention.

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Decades without a television set lends plenty of time for studying terrain, topographic maps, GPS coordinates and thousands of photographs to compile more than 8000 pages on just California travel. Far from the daily grind of everyday life, DanaMite continues in educating the public about local travel, camping, family farms, organic cafes, outdoor recreation, respecting the land, responsible use of our resources & how to get more enjoyment out of weekend travels.

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Things that started Total Escape:
  • launch of www (web 1.0)
  • my capable vehicle
  • 30+ years of computers
  • artistic eye & love of nature
  • the journey & adventure
  • sick of my corporate job
  • exploring unknown destinations
  • discovering small towns
  • wild lands & outdoor recreation
  • local travel, close to home

 

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40+ years of documenting back roads of California, plus some Baja & Utah too!

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Gear for Outdoors

Anza Borrego Wildflowers


Desert Wildflowers / Anza Borrego SP

Anza Borrego Flowers / Borrego Springs CA

Wild Flowers of Box Canyon, Mecca
East San Diego County, Borrego Springs CA

San Diego Backcountry
600,000 acres of SoCal desert

BLOOM: February thru MaySan Diego desert maps
Anza Park elevations range from low to high. Lowest near eastern border of park (next to the Salton Sea) to the upper reaches of the western slopes @ 4000′ of the Laguna mountains. Lower elevations sprout up first; Micro flowers, Easter-egg-color splendor in the dry washes. Higher elevations bloom later (along w/ areas on San Diego County Rd S-2, the Great Overland Stage Route)

Drive from Temecula to Warner Springs, and then proceed east – out to the Salton Sea via Back Road Highway #S22 (Montezuma Grade). A great route to take thru the Borrego State Park – for the full gamut in vegetation & altitude. Grapevine Canyon is an alternate off road route down a scenic canyon. Culp Valley has a small campground, plus lots of boulders and decent views to the Borrego Valley. Off the highway, on dirt, one-lane side roads lead to many primitive spots. Perfect for private picnics, stargazing or overnight camping.

anza wildflowers include – Arizona Lupine, Barrel cacti, Brittlebush, California Primrose, Cheesebush, Creosote, Desert Chicory, Desert Apricot, Desert Hibiscus, Desert Lavender, Desert Pincushion, Fiesta Flower, Fishhook Cactus, Gold-Poppy, Ghost Flowers, Ground Cherry, Fagonia, Prickly Pear, Monkey Flower, Ocotillo, Rigid Fiddleneck, Rock Daisy, Sahara Mustard, Sand Verbena, Short-Wing Deerweed, Spanish Needles, Spectacle Pod, Trailing Windmills, Turpentine Broom, Whispering Bells, Wishbone Bush

Anza Borrego Camping: Palm Canyon and RV Resortscamp

 

BORREGO MAPS

Wilderness Anza Borrego Map
Wilderness Press Anza Borrego Map

 

Hot Springs of the Southwest
Hot Springs of the Southwest

Anza Borrego Flora

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Annual California Wildflower Reports

 

anza flower links:

Anza-Borrego National History Association
Anza Borrego Desert
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Borrego Campfire Restrictions
Desert USA Reports

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nearby towns:

Borrego Valley Flora

California Motorcycle Roads

CA motorcycle roads

These are the roads that drivers love. More room to roam, more space, more pavement, more scenery to love and less people, less drivers and less distractions. California has endless roadways that wind through every part of the entire state. If you enjoy real driving in California, you like the curvy roads & scenery. Total Escape  has dedicated numerous hours to the collection of back roads in California. Some paved, some not.

4000 RPMs or higher / Cerro Noroeste Road to Hwy 166

CALIFORNIA driving WAYS & ROADS

CALIFORNIA SCENIC HIGHWAYS & MAIN ROADS

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MAPS, PARKS & LINKS

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  • Motorcycle California
  • California Back Roads (mostly dirt)
  • scenic drives
    Some random road east of Trinity River

    Lobster Festival Redondo

    Redondo Pier

    Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

    20 years running, this Redondo Beach event is a hot hit, especially for beach-goers (near LA)

    3 day event held at the Seaside Lagoon next to King Harbor, just north of the Redondo Beach Pier. Live music, entertainment, lobster recipes, celebrity chefs, craft beer, kids activities and vendor booths.

    “Rat Ride” – annual beach bike ride sponsored by the Rotary Club; starts in Redondo and runs on the same weekend.

    Annual event; September
    310-376-6911

    REDONDO BEACH California

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    Cracking lobster

    Cheap Trips California

    CA Road Trip / Staycation California / Cheap Vacation California

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    Staycation: this is the newest media catch phrase for ‘traveling close to home’. Local travel in California. We know it well, cuz Total Escape has been featuring this kinda travel for over 2 decades. Right here on this web site you can find thousands of ideas for weekend getaways, honeymoons, spring breaks & summer vacations.

    Spend less money, travel local, stay longer, see more, and really relax. Drive less miles & get to know your own backyard. We have everything from independent lodges in the most remote destinations, to free primitive camping sites on Sierra creeks.

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    No amusement parks, no casinos. All California, all outside. We feature waterfalls, local hikes, swimming holes, hot springs, fishing creeks, campgrounds, museums, lakes, rivers, wilderness & most all outdoor recreation. Deserts, mountains, country, coast. Beaches to Bristlecones, we have the state covered for local travel.

    A good place to start is our extensive A-Z list of all California destinations & small towns.

    California Places & Vacation Ideas

    California Camping Lakes

    California Road Trips

    California Maps & Topos

    Giant Sequoias

    Shopping Villages in California

    Gold Country Village

    Shopping Towns and Downtown Villages

    Men bored shoppingListed on this page are California cities and towns that are well known for their shopping – downtown villages, boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, antique stores, shopping plazas, factory outlets, malls and restaurants.

    Road trip weekends, all local – for super unique Christmas presents or romantic Valentine’s gifts.

    Santa Lucia Wilderness

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    Rancho Arroyo Grande, California

    Santa Lucia Wilderness

    South San Luis Obispo Hiking Trails

    18, 679 acres
    Central California Mountains
    East of Arroyo Grande, CA
    US Highway 101
    exit #187A – Grand Ave

    backpacking, camping, creek fishing, hiking, swimming holes, waterfalls

    Santa Lucia Wilderness is the mountain range in between Santa Margarita Lake and Lake Lopez inside Los Padres National Forest, in a very remote and rugged portion of San Luis Obispo county. In the hills behind Arroyo Grande, past the Huasna turn off, above the local reservoir, beyond the big ranches – the waterfall trails of Santa Lucia can be found. Super steep canyons with only two dead end roads leading to trails. Waterfalls, swimming holes, way back there behind Piney Ridge.

    tallest mountain peak elevations

    • Bald Mountain – 2834′
    • Lopez Mountain – 2868′
    • Black Butte – 2749′

    Upper Lopez Canyon can be challenging drive with water in the creek, but it has 3 trailheads back in this canyon.

    Pozo Road / Hi Mtn Road (#30S05 on the way to Pozo) will lead to a Santa Lucia trailhead @ Hi Mtn Campground and on to Big Falls trailhead. Locals call the whole route POZO, which leads from Lake Lopez to Pozo.

    Road #15E11 Garcia Ridge OHV trail is off this same main route, Hi Mountain Road. The Rinconada trailhead can be found along the paved Pozo Road, west of the Pozo Saloon and east of the KOA Campground.

    San Luis Obispo Area
    HIKING MAPS

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    Los Padres Big Sur Map

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    Pacific Coast Fog Fest

    Pacifica Fog Fest

    Pacifica Fog Festival
    Pacific Coast Fog Fest

    Held along Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica, is a weekend arts and crafts fair with over 190 arts and craft booths, live entertainment, plenty of tasty food and drink to please any appetite.

    Annual event; September
    650-355-4122

    Pacifica, CA

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    Pacifica Fog Fest 2011

    Pacifica Fog Fest 9-2009

    Pacifica Fog Fest

    Oroville Salmon Festival

    Lake Oroville

    Lake Oroville Salmon Festival
    Salmon Fest in O’ville

    Feather River Fish Hatchery, Feather River Nature Center and Riverbend Park

    On the Feather River between Historic Downtown Oroville and the Fish Hatchery, the town bursts with fish-flavored activities during the annual Salmon Festival. Friday night starts @ Feather River Nature Center for dinner & dance. Saturday brings on the fun, food, music and vendors on Main Street. Lots of great local info – salmon recipes, water/drought, fishing and environmental issues.  Big pancake breakfast, a farmer’s market, live music, a craft fair, clowns, rides for the kids. Hatchery tours. The Bounty of Butte County will be located atop Myers Street, next to the Municipal Auditorium leading into Salmon Court. FREE to attend and tastes sold as desired. There will be food demonstrations, local food vendors, restaurant tastings and so much more.

    Annual event; September
    800-655-4653

    Oroville, CA

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    Oro Hatch

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    Historic Downtown Oroville

    Farm-to-Fork Festival

    Farm to Fork Festival California

    Farm to Fork Festival

    Designed to demonstrate where our food and drinks come from, the Farm-to-Fork Festival has proven to be one of the Sacramento region’s most popular events. The free event, hosted on the city’s iconic Capitol Mall boasts an exciting selection of farm-to-fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as farmers markets, live music, cooking demonstrations, local grocers, farms and ranches, vendor booths and much more.

    Annual event: September
    916-808-7777

    Sacramento, CA

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    Fiesta Hermosa Beach

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    Fiesta Hermosa

    Hermosa Beach Street Fair

    This long running beach block party event is held 2 times in the summer months. Once on Memorial Day weekend in May & the other is Labor Day in late summer. 3 days of live music, art, food & fun.

    Bi-annual event; May & September

    HERMOSA BEACH CA

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    Hermosa Beach, California

    Los Angeles County Fair

    The Fun Starts Here

    LA County Fair

    Los Angeles County Fair is held several miles from downtown LA; at the Pomona Fairgrounds (off Interstate 10). Concerts, carnival rides & games, exhibits, horse shows, home & garden shows, arts & crafts. Big event for the county of Los Angels. Too much to list!

    Annual event; Sept
    909-623-3111

    Los Angeles CA

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    LA Co. Fair Midway

    LA Co. Fair African exhibit

    LA Co. Fair Broadway St.

    Grape Festival in Lodi

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    Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fair

    Located in the California Central Valley farming region in Lodi, California. Carnival games, rides, entertainment, livestock & animals, wine tasting, square dancing, arts & crafts.

    Annual event; September
    209-369-2771

    LODI CA

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    2011 Lodi Grape Festival

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    California County

    Outdoor Recreation & Small Town California

    All California Counties List

    California lakes

    Searching for Parks & Recreation for a given California County? Total Escape features back roads destinations, all small towns & everything outdoors. From ghost towns to redwoods, hot springs to museums, recreational lakes to the best secluded beaches. We try to link to local web sites and gov agencies, when those link don’t break.

    Seriously, so much time is wasted updating old links to .gov web site pages. Total Escape URLs have stayed the same since 1996. Some small towns barely have a web presence, much less a city web site. Some seasonal resort areas only have a Facebook page for online promotion. Often city web sites will change from a .us,.com to a .net

    There are 58 counties inside the golden state California; more than your average state of the union, cuz the land mass is very large, and terrain diverse. City dwellers may be surprised at how many remote communities still exist. Smaller, rural towns are just aching for your tourists dollars, so go explore some place new. Modoc?

    County Parks & Campgrounds. plus California Regional Parks can be found on the individual town listings for CA.


    California Scenic Drives

    California Lakes & Reservoirs

    California Parks & Forests ca maps topo

    California Small Towns