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Santa Cruz Redwoods

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BSA Camp Cutter

Santa Cruz Mountains & Santa Cruz Redwood Parks

overnight in the redwoods

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!

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Tent Cabins
Tent Cabins: Big Basin Cabins can be arranged at Big Basin State Park. Campgrounds can be found at all State Parks and some county parks. Private vacation homes are found nearby; a few small towns on Hwy 9 offer hotel accommodations. On the coastal side of this ‘mountain’ is the small community of Pescadero w/ Butano SP.

Small towns nearby offer lodging & dining:

Big Basin Redwoods Camping

Grover Hot Springs

Grover Drive

Grover Hot Springs Park

California State Park
Sierra Hot Spring Camping Resort
open all year

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Meadow Entrance

South of Lake Tahoe, hidden in a forest meadow near the small town of Markleeville, sits this super scenic, year-round camping resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Popular place for senior travelers, RV campers, families, snow skiers, and tourists.

No lodging available, no cabins. Only Campground Camping – Reservations are recommended. This is a popular destination for the Eastern Sierra Tahoe region. May thru September are peak season. During mid-winter a portion of the campsites are closed and the remainder may be on a first come, first serve basis. State Park is located 4 miles west of Markleeville, at the end of Hot Springs Road.

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hiking
hot springs
cross country skiing
stargazing

RV Camping

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Camping and Day Use
530-694-2248

Pool Information
530-694-2249

California State Park
California State Park

Piped water, flush toilets, showers, this is luxury camping by State Park standards. Hiking, fishing, stargazing. Quite an ideal spot, especially if you visit during a slow time. Surrounded by mountains that top 10,000′ elevation, expect to see some snow in the winter months.

SwimSuits Required

The hot pool resort is open to the public for day soaking w/ a fee. Wheelchair accessible areas. The pool hours tend to fluctuate with the seasons, so be prepared for anything. Even a snow storm!

Grover Hot Spring Campground

• Elevation: 5800′
• Number of Sites: 75
• Vehicle Access: RV 27′ max
• Campsites Reservation: Yes
• Camp Fee: Yes
• Length of Stay: 10 Days
• Season: Open all year
• Trailheads: Carson River

GROVER HOT SPRINGS SP Winter Camping Hot Springs

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hot pools

meadow views

Mendocino Beach Camping

Mendocino Coast Campgrounds

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Tent camping directly on a sandy beach can be found at USAL BEACH – on remote reaches of the rugged Lost Coast, via long dirt roads (not recommended for RV or camper trailers). Numerous small, cheap, forested campgrounds can be found on the Kings Range (dirt) roads. The area is also known as Honeydew or the Emerald Triangle. The “emerald” comes from the color of the main economic staple, cannabis. Heed all warnings. Private Property signs and gates mean that you need to turn arund and look for camping elsewhere. (Before you hear the gun shots.)

The remainder of camp accommodations are State Parks and State Beaches on the Mendo coast, offering developed campgrounds and most are first come, first serve. 

There are no campgrounds inside the popular, historic village of Mendocino, CA , but two state parks are within a mile to the north and south side of town: Van Damme Campground & Russian Gulch Campground. Local KOA and a few private RV parks make up the rest of the scenic coastline.

Lost Coast Camping BLM

Kings Range National Conservation Area

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Lost Coast Bridge

Westport Union Landing State Beach

MacKerricher State Park

  • Pinewood Campground
  • Surfwood Campground

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Fort Bragg, California Campgrounds

Cleone Campground

Hidden Pines Camp & RV Park

Jug Handle Creek Farm & Campground

Pomo RV Park & Campground

Sportsmans RV Park

Woodside RV Park & Campground

Caspar Beach RV Park Campground

Camping Mendocino Village Area

Mendocino Coast Village

Mendocino Coast –
Albion, Pt. Arena & Gualala

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Manchester State Park

Manchester KOA Campground

Anchor Bay Campground @ Fish Rock Beach

Gualala River Redwood Park

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Mendocino Coast towns:
Albion
Caspar
Elk
Fort Bragg
Gualala
Little River
Mendocino

El Dorado Campgrounds

El Dorado Camping

Kirkwood Lake
Kirkwood Lake, California

El Dorado National Forest
Carson Pass Hwy 88, Ebbetts Pass Hwy 4, Gold Rush Country
Sierra Nevada Mountains, Alpine Lakes

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS
campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
Airport Flat Campground 5300′ 16 vault no Ice House Reservoir
Azalea Cove Campground 4900′ 10 vault lake Union Valley Reservoir
Big Meadows Campground 5300′ 54 pines flush piped handicap access
Blue Lake Lower Camp 8100′ 16 vault piped PG&E; fish, boat, camp
Blue Lake Dam Upper 8200′ 25 vault piped PG&E; fish, boat, camp
Caples Lake Campground 7800′ 35 pines vault piped fishing lake
Capps Crossing Campground 5200′ 12 pines vault piped gold panning
China Flat Campground 4800′ 25 vault piped Silver Fork Rd
Dru Barner Campground 3200′ 16 flush piped equestrian trails
Gerle Creek Campground 5300′ 50 pines vault piped handicap access
Fashoda Campground 4900′ 30 vault piped handicap access
Hell Hole Campground 5200′ 10 vault piped walk-in
Upper Hell Hole Campground 4600′ 15 vault lake Hell Hole Reservoir
Ice House Reservoir Camp 5500′ 83 vault lake handicap access
Jones Fork Campground 4900′ 10 vault lake Union Valley Reservoir
Kirkwood Campground 7600′ 12 pines vault piped narrow road; fishing
Lone Rock Campground 4800′ 5 vault lake Union Valley Reservoir
Loon Lake Campground 6500′ 62 pines vault piped equestrian; group site too
Lovers Leap Campground 5800′ 21 pines vault piped rock climbing
Lumberyard Campground 6500′ 5 pines vault RV access
Middle Creek Campground 8200′ 5 pines vault piped fishing creek
Middle Fork Cosumnes River 6780′ 5 vault crk PG&E, swim, fish
Mokelumne River Camp 3200′ 8 vault crk swim
Moore Creek Campground 3200′ 8 vault crk swim
Northshore Campground 6378′ 15 vault lake Loon Lake Campground
Northwind Campground 5500′ 9 vault lake Ice House Reservoir
Pardoes Point Campground 5900′ 10 pit no Bear River Reservoir Rd
Pipi Campground 3900′ 51 pit no handicap access
Sand Flat Campground 3900′ 29 pit no fishing
Silver Fork Campground 5500′ 35 vault piped fishing
Silver Lake Campground 7200′ 62 pines vault piped boating lake
South Fork Campground 5200′ 17 vault piped fishing
South Shore Campground 5900′ 22 vault piped Bear River Reservoir
Strawberry Point Camp 5500′ 10 vault lake Ice House Reservoir
Stumpy Meadows Campgr 4400′ 10 vault lake handicap access
Sugar Pine Campground 6000′ 10 vault no boating
Sunset Campground 4900′ 131 vault piped boating
Wench Creek Campground 4900′ 100 vault crk boating
Wentworth Springs Camp 6200′ 8 vault crk 4WD recommended
West Point Campground 4875′ 8 vault lake Union Valley Reservoir
White Azalea Campground 3500′ 6 vault crk Mokelumne River
Wolf Creek Campground 8200′ 42 vault piped boating, fishing
Woods Lake Campground 4900′ 25 vault pump handicap access
Yellowjacket Campground 4900′ 40 vault piped boating, fishing

see more about El Dorado National Forest

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nearby towns –

El Dorado Forest Maps –

Trail of 100 Giants Sequoia Grove

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The Western Divide Highway, at 6000 feet elevation, connects the Kern River Valley w/ granite peaks, dome rock, aspen groves & the Giant Sequoia trees! This is one of the southernmost Sequoia groves in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The easy hike is more of a nature trail, wheel chair accessible & approximately 1 mile long. Large Sequoia trees, picnic grounds, near campground.

On busy weekends and holidays the rangers charge a “day use” parking fee, for those wishing to park in the paved parking lots. Avoid this fee by finding additional parking along the highway. Only a few good free parking spots along this busy 3 mile stretch of highway, and don’t forget to park all the way off the pavement.

SOUTHERN SIERRA: Great destination for camping families & sightseers traveling through the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains.

Western Divide Campgrounds

The USDA National Forest Campground across the road from the Trail of One Hundred Giants is called Redwood Meadow Campground. There is also a separate parking lot for the picnic grounds w/ a similar name.

Also nearby is Long Meadow, Long Meadow Group Camp, Peppermint Campground, Holey Meadow Group Camp and past Ponderosa. Quaking Aspen Campground and Quaking Aspen has a NFS Cabin Rental too.

Down near Camp Nelson, CA is the Coy Flat Campground.

Giant Sequoia National Monument has numerous dirt back roads for free, primitive, car camping. You’ll need a good topo map to find the best ones. Some roads may be muddy, overgrown or extremely rocky, depending on recent weather. Know you vehicles limitations. There is no tow truck service available way back here in the boonies.

Trail of 100 Giants Photos

All Redwood Groves in California

 

nearby towns –

Sequoia National Forest Map
Sequoia National Forest Map
Golden Trout Wilderness / South Sierra Map
Golden Trout Wilderness / South Sierra Map
Golden Trout Wilderness Trail Map
Golden Trout Wilderness Trail Map
Sierra Nevada Topo Map
Sierra Nevada Topo Map

Hidden Groves near Ponderosa CA

Group Campgrounds Eastern Sierra

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Group Campgrounds in Inyo National Forest camping

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS
campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
Agnew Meadow Horse Camp 8400′ 4 pines chem piped Group & Equestrian
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Aspen Group 8100′ 4 aspen flush piped Rock Creek
Big Pine Canyon Group 7600′ 1 pines vault piped W of Big Pine; May-Oct
Bishop Park Group 7500′ 21 oaks flush piped Group Camping; May-Oct
Fossil Group Camp 7220′ 11 pines vault no Hwy 168; E of Big Pine
Juniper Group Camp 7000′ 5 juniper vault piped Hwy 168; E of Big Pine
Obsidian Flat Group 6000′ 50 pines vault no Group Camp Mammoth
Pumice Flat Group 7700′ 17 pines flush piped June-Sept; Mammoth
Rock Creek Lake Group 7600′ 1 aspen flush piped Group Camping; May-Oct

see regular Campgrounds – Inyo National Forest

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Obsidian near Hwy 395 & Mammoth
Eastern Sierra Obsidian near US Hwy 395 & Mammoth Lakes, California

Eastern Sierra maps –

Topo maps, wilderness hiking maps, fishing maps
Equestrian trails, 4×4 routes, OHV maps –

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Bishop Creek near Aspendell, CA

Little Grass Valley Reservoir

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Little Grass Valley Recreation Area
Plumas National Forest

Little Grass Valley Reservoir

Tucked way up in the Northern Sierra Nevada mountains, at the top edge of the California Gold Country, is this popular recreational lake in the forest above the busy Sacramento Valley.

Up on the mountain at 5000 feet above sea level, via La Porte Road (Plumas #120), a Sierra Nevada THRU-ROAD – one which closes for winter snow. The lake destination may be open, but the campgrounds are closed up seasonally. (NOV-APRIL)

Sierra Nevada Lakes

Little Grass Valley Reservoir
Lake Statistics:

Elevation 5,100′
Surface Area 1,433 acres
Shoreline 16 miles
Capacity 93,101 acre-feet

With over 300+ camp sites available in 10 different campgrounds, Little Grass Valley has room for everyone. Reservations are recommended in summer months, although some camps are on a first-come basis.

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3 boat ramps
2 swim beaches
Lakeshore trail
RV Camping
Walk-in tent campsites

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Camper Trailers up to 40 feet can be accommodated in some of the camping units. 2 RV dump stations are available, near Tooms Boat Launch & Red Feather. Campgrounds have piped water, but no RV hookups.

Fishing, water-skiing, kayaking, sailing, boating.

Swim beaches provide excellent swimming and picnicking opportunities. The Lakeshore Trail (13 miles) winds around the entire lake, for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS
  • Horse Camp
  • Little Beaver Campground
  • Red Feather Campground
  • Sly Creek Campground
  • Strawberry Campground
  • Wyandotte Campground
  • LaPorte Union
    LaPorte, California – up the mountain

    Sierra Nevada Lakes

    TRAVEL NOTE: The nearest town isn’t much of a “town” at all – so driving to get “anywhere w/ tourist services” from here is quite a chore. Gasoline is minimal, if any. Plan to bring everything you will need for your vacation stay, cuz driving to Quincy, or down the hill to O-ville will take more than an hour (one way). Go prepared.

    Print a Lake Map [PDF download]

    PLUMAS NF PAGE

    Sunsetting on Lake

    Reservoir usually open from Memorial Day to October, annually.

    Challenge Visitor Center
    18050 Mulock Road
    Challenge CA 95925
    530-675-1146

    Northwest Park Management
    530 283-5559

    Plumas National Forest
    Feather River Ranger District
    530 534-6500

    nearby towns:
    Challenge, CA
    La Porte, CA
    Oroville, CA
    Quincy, CA

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    San Diego Camping

    Anza Backroads

    Cleveland National Forest Camping – San Diego Campgrounds – Desert Camping Anza Borrego – SD County Campgrounds – BLM Campgrounds – San Diego Beach Camping – San Diego Mountains

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Bobcat Meadow 3800′ 16 oaks vault no no RVs
    Burnt Rancheria 5000′ 100+ pines vault piped Sunrise Hwy
    Cibbets Flats 4200′ 23 oaks vault piped Interstate 8
    Corral Canyon 3500′ 20 oaks vault piped OHV near I-8
    Dripping Springs 1800′ 26 oaks vault piped Hwy 79, E Temecula
    El Cariso North 2600′ 24 oaks vault piped small RV
    Fry Creek Campground 4900′ 20 oaks vault piped Palomar Mountain
    Indian Flats Campground 3600′ 17 oaks vault piped off Hwy 79
    Laguna Mountain 5500′ 75 pines vault piped Sunrise Hwy
    Palomar SP Campground 7000′ 13 pines vault piped Palomar Mountain

    Anza Camping

    Anza Borrego Desert Camping & Campgrounds

    Desert Mountain Biking Open Camping Stargazing Hiking

    San Diego County Campgrounds

    Sweetwater Reservoir, Otay Lakes, Agua Caliente, Vallecito
    Camping Reservations 877-565-3600 or 858-565-3600

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    Bureau of Land Management

    San Diego BLM Camping

    Lark Canyon, Cottonwood @ McCain Valley near Interstate 8

    Coastal Cliffs San Diego

    San Diego Beach Camping

    Coastal Towns with Camping near San Diego –

    Chula Vista
    Coronado
    San Diego
    Mission Beach & Bay
    Del Mar
    Cardiff
    Carlsbad
    Oceanside

    Indian Flats Campground

    Indian Flats Campground is located on a dirt road off Hwy 79, near Warner Springs CA. Boulder ridges & manzanita surround this oak filled secluded canyon. Small seasonal creek & waterfall is a short walk from campsite.

    Free Camping
    Anza Borrego Desert by far has the best free camping options available near San Diego.

    Maps Mountains / Desert Topo / San Diego Area Maps

    Trinity Alps Camping

    Trinity Alps Wilderness Campgrounds

    Northern California Camping
    Shasta Trinity National Forest

    Trinity Alps Wilderness

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    • backpacking
    • camping
    • fishing spots
    • floating
    • hiking
    • hunting
    • kayaking
    • mountain biking
    • off-roading
    • soaking
    • swimming holes
    • tubing
    • stargazing

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    campgrounds near Trinity trailheads –

    camping Highway 3
    (California State Route 3):

    • Horse Flat Campground, near Eagle Creek trailhead
    • Eagle Creek Campground @ Hwy, near Stoddard Lake & Eagle Creek trailhead
    • Goldfield Campground, near Boulder Creek trailhead
    • Big Flat Campground (via Coffee Creek Road #104)
    • Preacher Meadow Campground @ Hwy, near Swift Creek trailhead

    camping Highway 299
    (California State Route 299):

    • Ripstein Campground, near Canyon Creek trailhead
    • Hobo Gulch Campground, on Road #34N07
    • Hayden Flat Campground, near Big French Creek & Green Mountain
    • Denny Campground, near Jim Jam Ridge, East Fork & New River; Way out west
    • Groves Prairie Campground, near Grizzly Camp trailheadtrinityalps_lg
    • Happy Camp Campground, near Grizzly Camp trailhead

    camping Highway 96
    (California State Route 96):

    • Tish Tang Campground, near Tish Tang trailhead
    • Box Campground, near Red Cap Lake, Bear Hole & Mill Creek Lake
    • Klamath Riverside Campground @ Hwy, near Salmon Summit

    camping Salmon River (Cecilville Road #1C02):

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    Trinity Scenic Byway (CA SR 3)

    NorCal Topographic Maps – Trinity Map

    Shasta Trinity National Forest Map

    Pacific Crest Trail Map #6 (Shasta Cascades)

    Trinity Alps Wilderness Map

    outdoor destinations also nearby –


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    Oak Bottom Campground

    Oakbottom Campground

    Whiskeytown Recreation Area:
    Oak Bottom Campground

    campground and lake closed, due to recent wildfire

    The large, level, paved campground is right on the north shore of Whiskeytown Lake, on Hwy 299 – E of Redding CA

    101 walk-in campsites
    22 RV sites
    elevation 1200′
    kayaking
    marina
    hiking trails
    mountain biking trails

    Camp Sites near Water

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Group Camping can be reserved at
    Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area
    3 group camping sites with excellent views of the lake and mountains, on the northeastern shore of Whiskeytown Lake.

    nearby towns:

    Sequoia National Forest Camping

    Giant Sequoias

    Sequoia NF Camping

    Sequoia Campground Reservations – Giant Sequoia Campgrounds, Western Divide, Kern Canyon

    areas include: Kernville, Kern River, Lake Isabella, Sherman’s Pass, Kennedy Meadows, Forks of the Kern, Western Divide Highway, Camp Nelson, Kings River, Hume Lake & Sequoia National Park

    Western Divide Campground

    Listed below are all the Sequoia National Forest campgrounds, public lands for outdoor recreation. Sequoia Campground reservations can be booked online with links in blue.

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS
    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Alder Creek Campground 3900′ 13 alder vault creek W of Alta Sierra; RV max 20′
    Auxiliary Dam Campgr 2650′ dsp flush piped Lake Isabella
    Belknap Campground 5000′ 15 pines vault piped Camp Nelson
    no RVs
    Big Meadows Campground 7600′ 25 pines vault creek Rd#14S11; June-Oct
    Boulder Gulch Camp 2650′ 78 oaks flush piped fishing Lake Isabella; RV max 45′
    Breckenridge Campground 6600′ 8 pines vault no South of Kern River; no RVs
    Buck Rock Campground 7600′ 5 pines vault no Kings Canyon NP
    Camp 3 Campground 2800′ 52 oaks vault creek Kings River rafting; RV max 30′
    Camp 4 Campground 1000′ 5 oaks vault creek no RVs, Kings River rafting
    Camp 4 1/2 Cabin 1000′ 5 oaks vault creek no RVs, Kings River rafting
    Camp 9 Camp Area RV 2600′ 109 none flush piped Lake Isabella
    Cedar Creek Campground 4800′ 11 pines vault piped W Alta Sierra; no RVs; May-Oct
    Coy Flat Campground 5000′ 20 pines vault piped Camp Nelson; RV max 22′
    Eshom Creek Campground 4800′ 23 pines vault piped fishing; near Sequoia NP
    Evans Flat Campground 6100′ 20 pines vault spring equestrian, pasture; RV 20′
    Fairview Campground 3500′ 55 mixed vault river upper Kern River; RV 45′
    Fish Creek Campground 7400′ 40 pines vault E of Sherman; RV max 27′
    Frog Meadow Campground 7500′ 10 pines vault no Sugarloaf Ridge; June-Oct
    Frog Guard Station Cabin 7500′ 10 pines vault no Sugarloaf Ridge; 2 nite min
    Gold Ledge Campground 3200′ 37 mixed vault Kern River; RV max 30′
    Green Cabin Flat Camp 1000′ dsp oaks Kings River; primitive
    Hanning Flat Campground 2650′ dsp chem fishing Kern River
    Headquarters Campground 2800′ 44 alder vault Kern River; RV max 27′
    Hobo Campground 2300′ 35 oaks chem lower Kern River; RV 22′
    Horse Camp 7600′ 5 pines vault equestrian campsites
    Horse Meadow Campground 7400′ 41 pines vault Sherman’s Pass; RV 22′
    Hospital Flat Campground 3000′ 40 alder vault Kern River; RV max 30′
    Hume Lake Campground 5200′ 74 pines flush Kings Canyon NP; RV 30′
    Hungry Gulch Campground 2700′ 78 oaks flush piped Lake Isabella; May-Oct
    Kennedy Meadows Camp 6100′ 39 pines vault piped E of Shermans; RV max 30′
    Landslide Campground 5800′ 9 pines vault creek Hume Lake & Kings Cyn NP
    Leavis Flat Campground 3000′ 9 pines vault piped California Hot Springs; RV 16′
    Limestone Campground 3800′ 22 mixed vault creek Kern River rafting; RV 30′
    Live Oak North Campground 2700′ 60 oaks flush piped Lake Isabella; RV max 30′
    Live Oak South Campground 2700′ 90 oaks flush piped Lake Isabella; RV max 30′
    Logger Flat Campground 6000′ 20 pines vault piped Hume Lake; May-Sept
    Long Meadow Group Camp 6500′ 23 pines vault piped Group Camp; Western Divide
    Lower Peppermint Campground 5300′ 17 pines vault piped road 22S82; May-Oct; RV 22′
    Main Dam Campground 2500′ 82 oaks vault piped Lake Isabella; RV max 45′
    Mill Flat Campground 1100′ 5 pines vault creek Kings River rafting; no trailers
    Panorama Campground 7400′ 10 pines vault no Sugarloaf Ridge; June-Sept
    Paradise Cove Campground 2600′ 138 oaks flush piped Lake Isabella; RV max 30′
    Peppermint Campground 7100′ 19 vault creek Western Divide Hwy
    Pioneer Point Campground 2650′ 78 oaks flush piped Lake Isabella; RV max 30′
    Princess Campground 5900′ 90 pines vault Kings Canyon NP
    Quaking Aspen Campgr 7000′ 32 aspen vault creek Western Divide
    Redwood Meadow Campgr 6100′ 15 pines vault piped Western Divide 100 Giants
    Sandy Flat Campground 2300′ 35 oaks vault Lower Kern River
    South Fork Recreation 2650 dsp flush piped some walk-in camp sites
    Stine Cove Campground 2650′ dsp oaks vault Lake Isabella
    Stoney Creek Campgr 6400′ 49 pines flush piped Sequoia National Park
    Tenmile Campground 5800′ 13 pines vault piped Hume Lake; May-Oct
    Tillie Creek Campground 2650′ 159 oaks flush piped fishing; RV max 45′
    Troy Meadow Campground 7800′ 73 pines vault OHV; E Sherman’s; RV 20′
    Upper Stony Creek Camp 6400′ 19 pines vault piped Sequoia NP; May-Oct
    White River Campground 4000′ 12 oaks vault piped Sugarloaf; May-Oct; RV 16′
    Wishon Campground 3900′ 35 oaks vault piped Tule River; RV max 22′

    Sequoia Camping & Kernville Vacations, see also –

    Topo maps, wilderness hiking maps
    Equestrian trails, OHV maps –

    Sequoia mountain communities include:

    14S11 – Sequoia NF

    Big Meadows Road: Sequoia Forest Rd# 14S11

    GIANT SEQUOIA: in between Sequoia & Kings Canyon, inside Sequoia NF

    Sequoia Meadows

    This chunk of National Forest land is perfectly located in between 2 very popular National Parks – Kings Canyon and Sequoia. This primary paved road leads to some great camping, a perfect option for NOT camping inside the crowed National Parks.

    Turn east off of Sequoia ‘Generals Highway’ 198, on to the well signed Big Meadow Rd. There is primitive camping all over this area & a few developed campgrounds along this route. Motorhomes be warned: the road narrows to one lane with no “turn outs” or U turn spots for the last 10 miles (on a steep cliff w/ large overhanging rocks)

    SEE CAMPING PHOTOS

    In the first few miles, the dispersed camp sites on the right side have great views & some situated on fairly flat granite slabs, perfect for astronomer campers or adventurous RVs. To the left side of the road is more primitive style campsites in wooded areas. The whole area is also a very popular cross country ski & snowmobiling spot for winter recreation. Hunters also like these camps during hunting season (in September).

    There is a developed Horse Camp on the left side of the road for equestrian campers. This camp is located across from the biggest meadow and may be the first place you notice on this drive.

    Sequoia mapsBuck Rock Campground (7600′ elevation, 5 spots) & Big Meadows Campground (7600′ elevation, 25 spots) are both family style camps, perfect for those who want picnic tables, plus bathroom nearby. Sorry no flush toilets out here, only pit toilets.

    Buck Rock Fire Lookout Tower @ 8500′ elevation – is located to the north on Forest Rd # 14S02. It’s a great spot for some impressive views – if you aren’t afraid of heights. To reach the tower you must climb several flights of steel steps. This place is worth a stop if planning a sightseeing day.

    RESERVATIONS

    Big Meadows Guard Station @ 7500′ elevation (also known as Big Meadows Cabin), is located next to the BIG MEADOW and is available for rent on a weekend basis from the NFS. Hiking Jennie Lakes Wilderness and fly fishing Big Meadows Creek are favorite activities to be enjoyed.

    Big Meadows Road is long & narrow – 12+ miles. RVs are not recommended beyond the Big Meadow Campground, as the road is one lane in some spots & it skirts a cliff edge. The views are incredible the farther you go & many creeks feed the region.

    The narrow, long paved road eventually forks off into several smaller dirt roads back near Horse Corral Meadow. Way back here, the dirt roads lead out to trail heads for backpacking, horse packing or day hiking in Jennie Lakes & Monarch Wilderness. Backcountry access to either Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Park! Have a good map if you plan to venture out this far. Pay attention & don’t get lost.

    GPS would be helpful in this area. Some of the smaller of the dirt roads are not even on the NFS maps. Make sure to GPS way-point your favorite camp site, so you can find in next time…. in the dark.

    Sequoia National Forest

    Sequoia National Forest MAP

    nearby services:

    Sequoia Groves

    Marvin Pass Trailhead

    Group Campgrounds El Dorado

    Group Campgrounds in El Dorado National Forest

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    group campground elev sites veg toilet water notes
    Bear River Campground @ Lower Bear Reservoir 6000′ 3 pines vault piped boating, fishing
    Black Oak Campground @ Stumpy Meadows Lake 4400′ 4 oaks vault lake boating, fishing
    Loon Lake Group Site 6500′ 3 pines vault lake equestrian
    Middle Meadows Campground near Hell Hole Reservoir 4700′ 2 pines vault piped fishing
    Red Fir Campground @ Loon Lake 6500′ 1 pines vault pipd handicap access
    Wench Creek Group @ Union Valley Reservoir 4900′ 2 oaks flush piped fishing

    see more about El Dorado National Forest, California

    nearby towns –

    El Dorado Forest Maps –

    Santa Barbara Camping

    Campground Santa Barbara – Lake Cachuma
    Los Padres / Santa Barbara District:

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Cachuma Campground 2100′ 8 mixed vault creek year round creek
    Fremont Campground 1000′ 14 oaks flush piped March-Sept
    Lower Caliente Camp 1800′ 2 oaks vault no hot springs
    Middle Santa Ynez 1500′ 9 trees vault creek shady
    Mono Campground 1400′ 4 trees vault creek shady, 3 walk-in
    Paradise Campground 1000′ 13 oaks flush piped reservations
    P-Bar Campground 1500′ 4 vault creek water can close
    Upper Oso Campground 1200′ 23 oaks flush piped corrals, OHV traffic

    Some of these camps above may have been damaged in recent wildfires, so it’s best to inquire before you make the drive. Call rangers to verify or have a backup alternative (plan B). See more campsites @ Santa Barbara Beach Camping

    Los Padres Forest Headquarters
    Goleta CA
    805/968-6640

    Santa Barbara District
    Santa Barbara CA
    805/967-3481

    San Lucia District
    Santa Maria CA
    805/925-9538

    Los Padres National Forest

    maps of the Los Padres region –

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    Upper Oso Campground is in the oak hills behind Lake Cachuma
    Horse corrals and equestrian trails too

    Mount Pinos

    Mt. Pinos

    Sierra Views from Pinos
    Originally uploaded by danamight

    Mount Pinos Recreation Area

    The Mt Pinos Recreation Area is located on the border of Southern and Central California, inside Los Padres National Forest. After passing Frazier Park, the winding, paved, mountain road starts atop Cuddy Valley and is approximately 12 miles from Interstate 5 @ Tejon Pass. The 8831′ peak is the tallest in Kern County and is a popular spot for both summer and winter recreation: cross country skiing, snow shoeing, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking. The snow gates often close during heavy snow.

    Mount Pinos Road starts atop Cuddy Valley Rd, at the “Y” – where it intersects with Mil Potrero Highway, which heads out to Pine Mountain Club, California. One mile up the Mount Pinos route, you will find McGill trailhead on the right side (it is popular w/ mountain bikers) and then the first snow gate at Burbank Rd. Another 4 miles up hill, you come to the only set of dirt roads accessible on this range. A left turn will take you winding thru pine forest to the valley below. 4×4 is not required, but a National Forest map is very handy. Unfortunately all the private properties at the bottom have locked gates & no thru access to Cuddy Valley is allowed, but it is an awesome drive to just go exploring in the woods.

    Back on the main route, shortly after the dirt roads is McGill Campground on the right side & another snow gate. In another mile and a half you will reach Mt Pinos Campground on the left side; the entrance is easy to miss. From here you are less than 2 miles from the end of the main road.

    Mountain Bike, Hike, Backpack, Camp, XC Ski, Snow Sled

    Darkest Skies for Stargazing in Southern California

    The huge paved parking lot is the dead end (2 miles from the peak of Pinos) – very popular with astronomers, mountain bikers, plus the families and snow sledders in winter (if the gates are open). A National Ski Patrol’s Nordic Base, the only building you will see up this way. At 8300′ elevation, the large parking area is perfect overnight spot for amateur astronomers, so be considerate when visiting night. New moon (no moon) weekends APR-OCT are optimal viewing months. In busy summer months you can often find motorhome campers all set up with expensive equipment tracking the heavens all night long. Please be respectful of their hobby & eyes; Turn off headlights when you approach the parking area at night.

    There is also a hike-in, freebie camp ground called Chula Vista; an easy quarter mile walk from the parking lot to 12 camp sites & a pit toilet. Mountain bikes dig this area too. A large meadow here blooms with wild irises in summer, only sometimes.



    Trail 21W03 Mt Pinos

    Originally uploaded by danamight

    ROAD CONDITIONS to Mount Pinos, call the rangers 661-245-3731

    Pinos – Peak to Peak Hike

    The trailhead for Pinos Summit starts at this parking lot. It is a 2 mile moderate, but steep hike on an old fire road. The neighboring peak to the west is called Mount Abel @ 8286′ elevation (aka Cerro Noroeste). The infamous peak to peak hike along the ridge line from Mt Pinos to Mt Abel is 6.5 miles one way – and very popular in summer months. This hike requires 4-6 hours & a car shuttle should be arranged in advance. The Chumash Wilderness sits between Mount Pinos and the tiny community of Pine Mountain, which can be seen below on many places along the hike.

    There are 3 developed campgrounds in the Mount Pinos Recreation Area:

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    McGill Campground accepts reservations online. Campgrounds are often closed during winter months, due to snow. (Oct-April)

    DARK NIGHT SKIES: Amateur Astronomers Info

    MAPS: Los Padres National Forest Map

    NEAREST TOWNS:

    Chumash Wilderness
    Mt Abel trailhead looking East to the Mount Pinos range. Pine Mountain Club, and the Sierra Nevada mountains can both be seen from this vantage point

    Guadalupe Canyon Hot Springs

    Guadalupe Canyon Baja Hot Springs

    Canon de Guadalupe

    Baja Hot Springs Camping Resort

     

    Baja California Hot Tub

    40 miles SW of Mexicali – Laguna Salada off Mexican Highway 2

    Guadalupe Canyon Oasis
    Palm Canyon Hot Spring Camping Resort
    619-639-7597

     

    Off road destination, palm canyon in Baja California Norte
    East of San Diego
    SW of El Centro / Mexicali

    Imagine a palm oasis canyon in a remote area of the Baja desert; Cool springs that feed the lush landscape with huge boulders & cliff diving waterfalls. With each campsite featuring it’s very own custom hot springs tub. This place was a paradise 20 years ago, but is now over-developed w/ large groups, parties and camping families. If you can handle the 30+ miles of unimproved dirt roads, this spot is worth a visit mid-week. Winter months are prime time to visit the desert. Temperatures are moderate, days are pleasant & midweek has minimal tourists. Avoid holiday weekends as crowds a can get rowdy and disrupt the peaceful setting. Summer is triple digit heat for months. This canyon is hard to reach and inside a third world country, but well worth the distant journey.

    Baja MapsPlenty of great hiking and petroglyph canyons, cool pools and waterfalls, granite boulders, soothing warm waters & gorgeous desert scenery. Summers are usually roasting out here, so plan your vacation accordingly. Palalpas (built for shade) add to the charm & unique look. Each campsite is unique & has a different lay out. Reservations are recommended.

    A family run set of campgrounds within a steep palm canyon. Hot Springs are piped to individual pools at each campsite for a maximum of privacy. A cold creek runs through the canyon as well, feeding the palm grove below & waterfalls way up canyon. A desert oasis set upon the slopes of the Sierra Juarez Mountains in Baja.

    getting there is a journey –

    Recommended high clearance vehicle, sport utility vehicle, or truck. The last 35 miles of the trip is through rough & rugged sandy roads.

    nearest towns –

    Guided tours to Guadalupe Canyon can be booked thru Baja Trek. We are no longer offering Baja California trips with Total Escape Adventures

    Baja hot spring photos from Total Escape Adventures trips –
    FEB 2000
    NOV 2000
    APR 2001
    NOV 2001
    NOV 2002

    Lazy Afternoon in Baja

    Pool Reflections 5

    Stanislaus Campgrounds

    Stanislaus Camping / Sonora Pass Camping

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Campgrounds inside Stanislaus National Forest

    Hwy 4, Stanislaus National Forest Camping

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Big Meadow Campground 6200′ 30 pines flush piped Hi Sierra; no RV hookups
    Bloomfield Campground 7800′ 20 pines vault pump Mokelumne River fishing
    Board’s Crossing Camp 3800′ 5 pines vault creek Stanislaus River fishing
    Hermit Valley Campground 7100′ 8 pines vault creek June-Oct
    Lake Alpine Campground 7300′ 25 pines flush piped June-Oct
    Mosquito Lakes Camp 8260′ 8 pines vault lake Sierra river fishing
    Pacific Valley Campground 7600′ 9 pines vault no meadow, June-Oct
    Sand Flat Campground 5900′ 6 pines vault creek 4WD camp, June-Oct
    Silvertip Campground 7300′ 23 pines flush piped June-Oct
    Silver Valley Campground 7400′ 21 pines flush piped June-Oct
    Stanislaus River Campground 6200′ 25 pines vault pump Sierra river fishing

    Hwy 120, Groveland Yosemite Camping

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Lost Claim Campground 3100′ 10 pines vault pump May-Sep
    Lumsden Campground 1500′ 11 mixed vault creek Tuolumne River fishing
    Lumsden Bridge Camp 1500′ 9 mixed vault creek Tuolumne River fishing
    South Fork Campground 1500′ 8 vault creek Tuolumne River fishing

    Hwy 108, Sonora Pass Camping Stanislaus

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Crandall OHV Camp 5000′ disp no no May-Oct
    Dardanelle RV Park & Cabins 5700′ park pines flush piped 209-965-4355
    Boulder Flat Campground 5600′ 20 pines vault piped Stanislaus River
    Cascade Creek Campground 6000′ 12 pines vault creek May-Oct
    Deadman Campground 6200′ 17 pines vault piped Stanislaus River fishing
    Herring Creek Campground 7350′ 7 pines pit creek May-Oct
    Mill Creek Campground 6200′ 19 pines vault creek May-Oct
    Niagara Creek Campground 6600′ 10 pines vault creek May-Oct
    Niagara Creek OHV Camp 6600′ 10 pines vault creek 4×4 camps, May-Oct
    Sand Bar Flat Campground 3000′ 10 pines vault piped Stanislaus River fishing
    Trout Creek Campground 5400′ disp. chem creek equestrian, May-Oct

    GOLD COUNTRY CALIFORNIA Hwy 49

    see also
    Calaveras Big Trees State Park

    Calaveras Big Trees

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    maps of this Sierra Nevada region –