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 –

maps of California
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 –

El Dorado Camping
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

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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

    Santa Cruz Redwoods

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    Santa Cruz Mountains & Santa Cruz Redwood Parks

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    Camping out in the Santa Cruz mountains can be a magical experience. It is here where some city dweller first get a glimpse of the coastal giant trees. Towering above in several Redwood Parks, the hiking & camping are endless. Backpacking, day hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are all popular activities in this region.

    NOTE: There is no off-roading, 4×4, OHV trails in these coastal mountains, so it will be more peaceful. Peace and quiet, remember that?

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    Since this mountain range is in between the Santa Cruz coastline and THE CITY, San Francisco, and situated right next to the mega-city “Bay Area”, you can always expect a few tourists about and lots of locals out enjoying their backyard (at all times of the year). Make campground or cabin reservations as far in advance as possible. Summers are the busiest months!

    Tent Cabins
    Tent Cabins: Big Basin Cabins can be arranged at Big Basin State Park, private vacation homes nearby, or a few small towns on Hwy 9 offer accommodations. On the coastal side is the small community of Pescadero near Butano SP.

    Small towns nearby offer lodging & dining:

    Big Basin Redwoods Camping

    All Lake Campgrounds

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    California Lakes A-Z

    alphabetically listed; cross reference by lake or campground name. blue links lead to camp reservation services.

    All Reservable Lake Campgrounds inside California

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    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

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    ACORN CAMPGROUND
    New Hogan Lake, Valley Springs, Stockton CA

    ALMANOR CAMPGROUND
    Lake Almanor, Westwood, Chester, California

    ANTELOPE LAKE – Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

    Anthony Chabot Park
    Lake Chabot Campground

    East Bay San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, CA

    ANTLERS CAMPGROUND
    Lake Shasta, Lakehead, O’Brien CA, Interstate 5

    ASPEN GROUP CAMP
    Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Tahoe NF, Truckee, California

    ASPEN GROVE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Eagle Lake, Lassen NF, Susanville, California

    ASPEN HOLLOW GROUP CAMP NFS
    Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Park, Hume Lake

    AUBURN SRA BOAT-IN CAMPING State Park
    Auburn State Recreation Area, Gold Country, Folsom Lake, American Arm, Auburn, CA

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    BAILEY COVE CAMPGROUND
    Lake Shasta, California

    BASS LAKE – Sierra National Forest, South of Yosemite NP NFS

    BEAR RIVER GROUP CAMP
    Lower Bear Reservoir, Eldorado National Forest

    BENBOW LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA State Park
    Mendocino Benbow Lake, NorCal Redwoods US 101

    BERGER CAMPGROUND NFS
    Packer Lake @ Lakes Basin Recreation Area, Yuba River, North Gold Country California; Sierra City, Downieville CA

    BIG COVE CAMPGROUND
    Frenchman Lake, Feather River, Plumas NF, Portola CA

    BIG SILVER GROUP CAMP
    Union Valley Reservoir, US Hwy 50, Placerville, Gold Country

    BLACK BUTTE LAKE – Sacramento Valley, NorCal

    • BUCKHORN CAMPGROUND

    BLACK OAK CAMPGROUND (closed due to fire 2016)
    Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, Eldorado NF

    BOCA RESERVOIR – Tahoe NF, Truckee, California NFS

    BOULDER GULCH CAMPGROUND NFS
    Kern Canyon, Lake Isabella, California

    BRANNAN ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA State Park
    Sacramento River @ California Delta, Lodi CA

    BUCKHORN CAMPGROUND
    Black Butte Lake, Sacramento Valley, Orland, CA

    Indian Rock Beach, Bucks Lake California

    BUCKS LAKE – North Sierra, Plumas National Forest

    BURNEY FALLS STATE PARK CAMPGROUND State Park
    Lake Britton SRA, Burney, California

    BU-SHAY CAMPGROUND
    Lake Mendocino, California

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    BUTT VALLEY Reservoir – PG&E Campgrounds
    West of Lake Almanor

    BUTTE LAKE – Lassen Volcanic National Park NPS

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    Castaic Lake RV Park
    North Los Angeles County, Castiac, CA Interstate 5

    CHEKAKA CAMPGROUND
    Lake Mendocino, Wine Country California, US Hwy 101

    CHILCOOT CAMPGROUND
    Frenchman Lake, Plumas National Forest, Feather River, Portola CA

    Chowchilla Recreation Area
    Eastman Lake, Central Valley, Fresno CA

    CHRISTIE CAMPGROUND
    Eagle Lake, south shore; Plumas NF, Susanville, California

    CLEAR LAKE SP – Wine Country, California State Park

    CODORNIZ RECREATION AREA
    Eastman Lake, San Joaquin Valley, Central Valley

    COLLEGE CAMPGROUND
    Huntington Lake, Western Sierra Nevada

    CONVICT LAKE CAMPGROUND
    Eastern Sierra, US Hwy 395, Mammoth Lakes

    COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND
    Frenchman Lake, Feather River

    CRYSTAL LAKE (no longer taking reservations)
    Angeles National Forest, Azusa, CA

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    D.L. BLISS SP State Park
    DL BLISS CAMPGROUND
    DL Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe, California

    DIMOND O CAMPGROUND
    June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, Eastern Sierra

    DINKEY CREEK
    Dinkey Creek CA; Sierra NF, south of Shaver Lake CA

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    EAGLE LAKE – Plumas National Forest, Susanville, California

    EASTMAN LAKE – California Central Valley, Fresno CA

    CAMP EDISON @ SHAVER
    EDISON CAMPGROUND
    California Edison Campground
    @ Shaver Lake, CA, Western Sierra

    ELLERY CREEK
    McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake, California

    EMERALD BAY SP State Park
    South Lake Tahoe California

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    FALLEN LEAF CAMPGROUND 
    South Lake Tahoe California

    FASHODA CAMPGROUND NFS
    Union Valley Reservoir, ElDorado NF

    FAUCHERIE GROUP CAMP NFS
    Faucherie Lake, Donner Pass Area, Tahoe NF,  Truckee, California

    FAWN CAMPGROUND
    Trinity Highway 3, Trinity Lake CA

    FIR COVE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Ruth Lake, Mad River CA Hwy 36, Six River NF

    FISH LAKE CAMPGROUND
    Hwy 96, Six River National Forest, Orleans CA

    FOLSOM LAKE SRA State Park
    Folsom State Recreation Area, Sacramento CA

    FORKS CAMPGROUND
    Bass Lake, Sierra NF, South Yosemite

    FREMONT CAMPGROUND
    Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara Camping

    FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR – American River

    FRENCHMAN LAKE – Plumas NF, Feather River, Portola CA

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    GLORY HOLE RECREATION AREA
    GLORY HOLE CAMPGROUND

    New Melones Reservoir
    Angels Camp, California Gold Country

    GREEN VALLEY CAMPGROUND NFS
    Green Valley Lake, Big Bear Lake Area, San Bernardino NF

    GRIZZLY CAMPGROUND
    Lake Davis, Plumas National Forest, Portola CA

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    HAYWARD FLAT
    Trinity Lake, NorCal Highway 3, Weaverville CA

    HORSE CREEK
    Lake Kaweah, South Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers CA

    HUME LAKE – Kings Canyon & Sequoia NP, Hume Lake

    HUNGRY GULCH NFS
    Lake Isabella, Kern River, Kernville CA

    HUNTINGTON LAKE – Western Sierra Nevada NFS

    HUTCHINS CAMPGROUND
    Bucks Lake, CA, Plumas National Forest

    Bucks Lake Campgrounds

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    ICE HOUSE CAMPGROUND
    Ice House Reservoir, US Hwy 50, El Dorado NF

    ISLAND PARK
    Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River, Sierra NF

    JACKSON FLAT GROUP CAMP
    Jackson Lake, Angeles NF, Wrightwood CA

    JACKSON MEADOWS Reservoir – Tahoe National Forest, Truckee, CA

    JUANITA LAKE GROUP CAMP
    near Butte Valley Wildlife Area, Klamath NF, Weed CA

    JUNE LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
    June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, June Lake, CA Eastern Sierra

    JUNIPER LAKE – Lassen Volcanic NP NPS

    Lassen Lakes

    KASPIAN CAMPGROUND
    hiking trail to Barker Peak @ Lake Tahoe CA

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    LAKE ALMANOR – Northern Sierra Nevada

    LAKE BERRYESSA – Wine Country California

    LAKE BRITTON –  Burney Falls Park State Park

    LAKE CACHUMA – Santa Barbara Mountains

    LAKE DAVIS – Plumas National Forest

    LAKE EDISON – Sierra National Forest

    LAKE ISABELLA – Kern River, South Sierra NFS

    LAKE MENDOCINO – Wine Country California, US Hwy 101

    LAKE OROVILLE SRA State Park
    Oroville Lake State Recreation Area
    Loafer Creek, Equestrian Camp, Feather River Oroville CA

    LAKE PERRIS SRA State Park
    Inland Empire, Southern California

    LAKE PILLSBURY, Trout Creek Campground (currently closed)

    LAKE SONOMA – Wine Country California, Geyserville

    LAKE SPAULDING, PG&E Campground, Interstate 80

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    The Gem of the Sierra Nevada – Lake Tahoe

    LAKE TAHOE – Sierra Nevada Mountains State Park NFS

    LAKES BASIN CAMPGROUND NFS
    Lakes Basin Recreation Area, North Gold Country

    LAKESHORE EAST
    Shasta Lake, Northern California

    LAKESIDE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Prosser Reservoir, OHV Camping, Truckee, California

    LEWIS CAMPGROUND
    French Meadows Reservoir, American River, W of Lake Tahoe

    LIBERTY GLEN CAMPGROUND
    Lake Sonoma, Wine Country California

    Lake Davis Trails

    Lake Davis Trails – hike, bike, horseback

    LIGHTNING TREE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Lake Davis, Plumas National Forest, Susanville, California

    LOGGER CAMPGROUND
    Hume Lake, Sequoia Kings National Parks

    LONE ROCK NFS
    Antelope Lake, Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

    LONG POINT NFS
    Antelope Lake, Plumas NF, Indian Valley, Greenville, CA

    LOON LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
    ElDorado NF High Country, Georgetown, CA

    LOON LAKE CHALET NFS
    ElDorado NF High Country, Georgetown, CA

    LOS ALAMOS CAMPGROUND
    Pyramid Lake, North Los Angeles, Interstate 5

    LOWER TWIN LAKES NFS
    Twin Lakes CA, BRIDGEPORT, Eastern Sierra

    LUPINE
    Bass Lake, Sierra NF, South Yosemite

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    MAMMOTH POOL – Sierra NF, South of Yosemite NP

    MANZANITA LAKE – Lassen Volcanic NP NPS

    MARY SMITH CAMPGROUND
    Lewsiton Lake, Trinity River, Lewiston CA

    MEEKS BAY
    Lake Tahoe California, west shore

    LAKE MENDOCINO
    Lake Campground Mendocino, Ukiah CA, US Hwy 101

    MERRILL CAMPGROUND
    Eagle Lake, Susanville CA

    MESA CAMPGROUND
    Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, Cajon Pass L.A.

    MILLERTON LAKE SRA State Park
    Millerton Lake Campground, Fresno CA

    MODESTO RESERVOIR REGIONAL PARK
    Western Sierra Foothills, Modesto, Merced, Central Valley

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    NELSON POINT
    Shasta Lake, Northern California

    NEVADA BEACH CAMPGROUND
    Lake Tahoe, south shore @ Nevada state line, US Hwy 50

    NEW HOGAN LAKE – Valley Springs, Gold Country

    NEW MELONES Reservoir – Angels Camp, Gold Country

    NORTH FORK CAMPGROUND
    Bass Lake, Sierra National Forest, Yosemite South

    NORTH SHORE
    Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino National Forest

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    OAK KNOLL CAMPGROUND
    New Hogan Reservoir, San Andreas, Gold Country

    OAK SHORES
    Lake Berryessa, RV Camping in Wine Country

    OH RIDGE
    June Lake, California, Eastern Sierra

    June Lake Loop, Eastern Sierra

    June Lake Loop, Eastern Sierra

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    PAHA CAMPGROUND
    Twin Lakes, Bridgeport CA, Eastern Sierra

    PARADISE COVE
    Lake Isabella, Kern River California

    PINECREST LAKE
    Sonora Pass, Hwy 108, Stanislaus National Forest

    PINE FLAT Reservoir – Kings River, Sierra NF

    PINE POINT
    Shasta Lake, Shasta National Forest

    PINES GROUP SITE
    Stony Gorge Reservoir, Sacramento Valley, NorCal

    PIONEER POINT
    Lake Isabella, Kern River, South Sierra

    PROSSER Reservoir – Truckee OHV Camping

    PYRAMID LAKE – North Los Angeles, Interstate 5
    (no campground on lakeshore)

    RUTH LAKE –  Mad River, Six River NF NFS

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    SAGE HILL
    Lake Cachuma, Santa Barbara Mountains

    SALTON SEA SRA State Park
    Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Imperial Valley Desert

    SAN LUIS RESERVOIR SRA State Park
    Central California, Interstate 5 @ Hwy 152

    SARDINE LAKE
    Lakes Basin Recreation Area, North Gold Country

    SHASTA LAKE – Northern California NFS

    SILVER LAKE CAMPGROUND NFS
    June Lake Loop, Hwy 158, Eastern Sierra

    SILVER LAKE EAST
    El Dorado National Forest, Markleeville CA

    SILVERWOOD LAKE SRA State Park
    Cajon Pass, San Bernardino NF, Southern California

    SOUTH SHORE CAMPGROUND
    Lower Bear Reservoir, El Dorado National Forest

    STONY GORGE Reservoir – Sacramento Valley, NorCal

    SUGAR PINE POINT SP State Park
    Lake Tahoe California, west shore

    SUGARLOAF RIDGE SP State Park
    Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Santa Rosa, Wine Country

    SUMMIT LAKE – Lassen Volcanic National Park NPS

    SUNSET CAMPGROUND NFS
    Union Valley Reservoir, El Dorado NF, US Hwy 50

    SWEETWATER CAMPGROUND NFS
    Mammoth Pool Reservoir, Sierra NF, North Fork CA

    Mammoth Pool Reservoir

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    TAHOE SRA Campground State Park
    Tahoe State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe California

    Tahoe Valley Campground
    large private campground, South Lake Tahoe, CA

    TANNERY GULCH NFS
    Trinity Lake, Shasta Trinity NF

    TRIMMER CAMPGROUND NFS
    Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River, Sierra National Forest

    Trinity KOA Kampground
    Trinity Lake, Hwy 3, Northern California

    TRINITY LAKE – Shasta Trinity NF, Weaverville CA NFS

    TROUT CREEK CAMPGROUND (currently closed)
    Lake Pillsbury, Mendocino National Forest

    TRUMBULL LAKE
    Virginia Lakes, US Hwy 395, Eastern Sierra

    TURLOCK LAKE SRA State Park
    Turlock Lake State Recreation Area, Central Valley

    TUTTLETOWN RECREATION AREA
    New Melones Reservoir, Angels Camp, Gold Country

    TWIN LAKES – Eastern Sierra, Bridgeport CA NFS

    Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

    Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

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    Union Valley Reservoir – El Dorado National Forest NFS

    UPPER STONY CREEK NFS
    Hume Lake, Sequoia NF, Sequoia Kings Canyon NP

    VERMILLION NFS
    Lake Edison @ John Muir Wilderness,
    Sierra National Forest, beyond Huntington Lake CA

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    WARM SPRINGS PICNIC & RECREATION AREA
    Lake Sonoma, Wine Country, Geyserville CA

    WENCH CREEK NFS
    Union Valley Reservoir, Desolation Wilderness;
    ElDorado NF. Placerville, Gold Country

    WEST EAGLE CAMPGROUND
    Eagle Lake Recreation Area, Susanville CA

    Oak Bottom Campground

    Oak Bottom Campground, Whiskeytown

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    Whiskey Creek Group Area, Oak Bottom Campground
    Whiskeytown Lake, Redding, Old Shasta

    WHITEHORSE CAMPGROUND NFS
    Bucks Lake, Plumas National Forest

    Wilderness Lakes RV Resort
    Inland Empire, Temecula, Menifee, Southern California

    WILLIAM KENT CAMPGROUND
    Lake Tahoe CA, west shore @ Tahoe City CA

    WISHON @ BASS LAKE NFS
    Bass Lake Campground, Sierra National Forest, South Yosemite

    WOLF CREEK
    Union Valley Reservoir, Eldorado NF, Placerville CA

    WOODCAMP NFS
    Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Tahoe NF, Truckee, California

    WOODWARD RESERVOIR REGIONAL PARK
    Stanislaus County Park, Modesto, Stockton

    WRIGHTS LAKE NFS
    near Ice House Reservoir, Eldorado NF

    WRIGHTS LAKE EQUESTRIAN CAMP
    near Ice House Reservoir, Eldorado NF

    WYANDOTTE CAMPGROUND
    LGVR, Little Grass Valley Reservoir, La Porte Road

    Little Grass Valley Reservoir

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    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Walk-In Camp Sites

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    Walk-In Camps

    Below are all developed campgrounds in California that have walk-in camp spots available. Vehicles are parked and you must carry your gear into the camp site (usually a short distance, but can be up to a half mile).

    California Campgrounds with more than a 1-mile trek are not included in this list below. Areas such as – Catalina Island, Crystal Cove SP, Angel Island SP, Point Reyes National Seashore, indeed have many hike-to camps, but most are measured in miles (one way).

    walk in campsites are perfect for –

    • people who wish not to see cars @ camp
    • people who prefer less noise while camping
    • physically fit folks, who want exercise
    • backpackers, who plan to hit the trails soon
    • avid hikers, who may be out day hiking
    • cyclists, just passing through
    • mountain bike campers
    • one nighters, travelers who only stay one night
    • late comers to the campground
      (hint: these are usually the last campsites to fill up)

    NewMelones WalkIn Camps

    Walk in campsites are often located away from car campers & RVs. Some camp sites may have more privacy, tucked away in trees, while others have shared community area with fire pits and/or barbecues. All camp sites will have picnic tables and a some kinda toilet nearby. Bear boxes may be available for storing food properly. Sharing the storage boxes with neighboring campers is common practice.

    Campgrounds with walk-in sites range in elevation from sea level marshlands to high altitude alpine lakes. Most of these camps listed below are located inside developed campgrounds with overnight fees. Many are small campgrounds, while others are large hubs of activity. The most popular places can be reserved online, with the links provided.

    Many parks can also have day use fees, so know where you park and what time span is allowed. Ask the campground host if needing assistance. Some campgrounds lock their gates at sunset and do not permit entry at night. Others may not allow campers to check in anytime after sundown. Know their rules before you make reservations.

    If you plan on not making camp reservations; make sure to have a plan B or C choice camp – in case your desired campground is already full. Many popular destinations can fill up fast (by noon in the summer).

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Walk In Camps in California

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    Andrew Molera State Park, North Big Sur Coast
    Anthony Chabot Regional Park, East Bay San Francisco
    Austin Creek SRA, Armstrong Redwoods, Guerneville CA

    Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains
    Black Rock Campground, Little Grass Valley Reservoir
    Boise Creek Campground, Six River National Forest
    Bottchers Gap Campground, North Big Sur Mountains
    Butana State Park, Pescadero, Santa Cruz Mountains

    Cherry Hill Campground, Butte Creek, Lassen National Forest
    Chilcoot Campground, Frenchman Lake, Plumas NF
    China Camp State Park, SF @ San Pablo Bay, San Rafael
    Chula Vista Campground @ Mount Pinos, Los Padres NF mtb
    Clear Lake State Park, North Wine Country, Kelseyville CA
    Cold Springs Campground
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    Mineral King @ Sequoia NP
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    Cottonwood Pass / Cottonwood Lakes on Horseshoe Meadow Rd, PCT Eastern Sierra @ Lone Pine

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    Dark Day Campground, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, N Sierra
    Donner Memorial State Park, Interstate 80 @ Truckee CA
    Dry Lagoon Walk-In, Humboldt Lagoons State Park

    El Capitan State Beach, North Santa Barbara Coast

    Gaviota State Park Campground, North Santa Barbara Coast
    Glory Hole Campground @ New Melones Reservoir, Gold Co
    Granite Flat Campground, Truckee River @ Lake Tahoe
    Gualala Point Park, Gualala River, Sonoma County Park

    Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground, Half Moon Bay
    Headquarters Campground, Salton Sea SRA, Mecca CA
    Henry W Coe State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains
    (wilderness permits required)

    Intake Campground, Bishop Creek, Eastern Sierra

    Jackson Flat Walk-In Camp PCT @ Angeles NF
    Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park Campground, NorCal
    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur Coast

    Klamath National Forest –
    small campsite on river

    • East Fork (Salmon River @ Cecilville)
    • Lover’s Camp (Marble Mountain Wilderness)hike
    • Kangaroo Lake (NorCal PCT access)
    • Matthews Creek (South Fork Salmon River)
    • Shadow Creek (East Fork of Salmon River)
    • Sulphur Springs (Marble Mountain Wilderness)
    • Trail Creek (Upper Salmon River)

    Liberty Glen Campground @ Lake Sonoma Recreation Area
    Limekiln State Park Campground, Hwy 1 Big Sur Coastline

    MacKerricher State Park Campground, Mendocino Coast
    Macumber Reservoir,
    PG&E Camp, West of Lassen NPfishing
    Manresa State Beach Campground
    , Monterey Bay
    Marmot Rock Walk-In Camp, Courtright Reservoir
    Mary Smith Campground
    @ Lewiston Lake, Trinity River
    Merced Recreation Area, Merced River, Mariposa CA
    Mesa Campground, Silverwood Lake SRA, Cajon Pass
    Mill Creek Campground @ Bucks Lake, Plumas NF
    Mill Creek Campground, Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
    Montana de Oro State Park, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo mtb

    Niagra Creek Campground, OHV 4×4 trails, Stanislaus NF
    North Battle Creek Reservoir
    PG&E Camp, West of Lassen
    North Grove Campground, Calaveras Big Trees State Park

    Oak Bottom Campground

    Oak Bottom Campground @ Whiskeytown Reservoir SRA

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    Onion Valley Campground, Eastern Sierra @ Independence, CAhike

    Pantoll Campground, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin
    Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground, Big Sur Coast
    Pigeon Flat Campground, Stanislaus River, Dardanelle CA
    Pomo Canyon Walk-In Camp, Sonoma Coast State Beach
    Portola Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains
    hikePrather Meadows Camp, Bunny Flat @ Mount Shasta
    Providence Mountains SRA @ Mitchell Cavern, Mojave

    Redwood National Park, NorCal Coast
    (no reservations, no fees. open all year)

    • Flint Ridge Walk-In
    • Nickel Creek Walk-In
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    CHULA VISTA CAMP – Wild Iris Meadow at Mount Pinos

    Refugio State Beach, North Santa Barbara Coast
    Rock Creek Campground
    , Eel River @ Standish-Hickey SRA
    Roxie Peconom Campground, Bizz Johnson Trail, W Susanville mtb
    Russian Gulch State Park Campground, Mendocino Coast

    San Clemente State Beach, Orange County Coast
    Sanborn Campground, Skyline County Park, Saratoga CA
    Sand Flat Campground, Clark Fork, Carson Icerberg Wild
    Silver Creek Campground, Truckee River @ Tahoe
    Southwest Walk-In Camp
    , Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Squaw Leap Campground, San Joaquin River, Auberry CA
    Stillwater Cove Regional Park, N of Fort Ross, Sonoma Coast

    Tahoe National Forest
    Donner Area Camping Lakes

    NFS 530-265-4531

    • Carr Lake Campground
      10 miles north of Highway 20
      6,700′ elev
      5 walk-in campsites
    • Rucker Lake Campground
      6 miles north of Highway 20
      5,462′ elev
      7 walk-in campsites
    • Sterling Lake Campground
      9 miles north of Interstate 80
      7,000′ elev
      6 walk-in campsites

    Toad Lake Walk In Camp, PCT @ Shasta National Forest
    Tuolumne Meadows Camp, Yosemite National Park
    (reservations & wilderness permits required)

    Union Reservoir Walk In Camps, Arnold CA

    Union Valley Reservoir – Eldorado National Forest

    • Azalea Cove Campground
    • Fashoda Campground

    Van Damme Redwoods State Park, Mendocino Coast

    Walker Pass Campground, PCT, East of Lake Isabella CA
    Whitney Portal Trailhead Camp, Mount Whitney, Eastern Sierra
    Woodside Campground, Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Coast

    OnionValleyWalkIns

    Walk in campgrounds are considered ‘tent camping‘, as opposed to ‘car camping‘, which is literally camping next to your vehicle. This type of hike-in camping may also be referred to as ‘trailhead camping‘, as many ideal hikes begin at these prime locations. Boat-in, bike-in or hike-in camp sites are also available at some of these locations.

    Camp Fires Correctly

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    Deserts & beaches are the only places for bonfires.

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    Camp Fires
    The heat source, the light source, the cook source, the sock drier, the night supplier, the outdoor LIVING ROOM. The campfire is the center stage for all entertainment, true tales and ghost stories alike.

    Since the beginning of time humans have gathered around the campfire at dark. This nightly ritual is built into us on the deepest level. We miss this today. We miss the real conversations, the community, the bonding, the stories, the soul searching. We miss the connection with nature, the fresh air and the great outdoors. The night sky filled with stars and maybe a meteor shower, a hot drink and the glow of the campfire coals. Enjoying the wilderness requires certain skills. FIRE is only ONE skill – for survival, for cooking, for warmth, for safety.

    Total Escape is dedicated to those who yearn to camp, often.

    In Certain Circles

    photo – Charlie Sweeney 2010

    Some folks cannot imagine camping without a campfire, but we better get used to it here on the West Coast. Weather patterns swing from years of super-dry drought to deluge and drenching – as we’ve seen of recent in California. Dry conditions means high wildfire dangers, tight camp stove and strict campfire restrictions.

    Each California region, National Forests and State Parks have their own fire restrictions, so call ahead to rangers for current fire conditions on the place you wish to visit. Certain mountain locations will ban fires in the back country, fires on the back roads and sometimes in extreme conditions, no fires allowed even inside a developed campground.

    Campfire Basics

    Campfire Restrictions

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    California is well known for its unforgiving drought conditions and its seasonal wildfire danger. Always know the fire conditions in the area you plan to camp. Most Southern California regions have banned ‘open campfires’ in forested areas, due to wildfire threat and population density. Call ahead to get an update on road closures and current campfire restrictions. Find California BLM offices & NFS ranger stations

    Campfire Permits

    If you plan on camping outside of a developed campground, you will need to get a free “camp fire permit”, which can be obtained at the local rangers office.

    Find more on FREE camp fire permits

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    California Camp Fires

    • RULE # 1 – Never leave a campfire unattended
    • Build campfires in designated rings. Always try to use an existing ring when possible. If you must build a new rock fire ring, follow the guide on FireSafe
    • You will need water source & bucket, plus a decent shovel for building, maintaining and controlling a campfire. BRING enough water & tools with you to control a fire.
    • A ten foot clearance – all around, down to the bare dirt is the best practice. No brush close to the ring, no bushes, no leaves or pine needles. No dry over-hanging tree branches.
    • You might need to clean trash out of the fire pit, so bring heavy duty trash bags, or a spare old box. Shovel comes in handy here.
    • Kindling is key to getting a good fire going fast, so gather more of the small stuff. Wood gathering away from camp is usually better pickens.
    • Use environmentally friendly fire starters (with damp wood, if you must); not the BBQ lighter fluid or gasoline
    • Building fires up against a big boulder scars them w/ black soot, and although it can reflect heat back to you, it is seldom worth the unsightly damage
    • Bring chainsaws or hand saws for cutting your own campfire wood in the forest
    • Gathering wood for fuel — use only dead and down wood
    • A ranger issued “wood cutting permit” is required if you plan on cutting a full cord
    • Firewood page – buying locally, in California
    • Never burn plastics, batteries or other toxic materials in campfires
    • Tossing beer bottle caps into a campfire only litters site for future campers
    • While glass bottle smelting is a real treat among boys at night, which one is actually gonna get their hands dirty & clean up broken glass out of the campfire the following morning?
    • Do not leave any hot coals during the day (if you are away from camp). Winds could pick up.
    • Always douse campfire with water completely when breaking camp. Stir it, feel for heat, and drown it more if you hear sizzling or see bubbling.
    • Read more wild fire / campfire info on our FireSafe page

    Drown Fires

    Last Final Step

    The Final Step of Breaking Camp

     

    Campfire Pits & Fire Containers

    Campfire Pits & Fire Containers

    Stormproof LIghters

    Stormproof Lighters