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 –

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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

Sierra Nevada 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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    BSA Camp Cutter

    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

    Marin Camping Point Reyes

    Marin County Camping

    Point Reyes Peninsula / Pt Reyes Campgrounds

    Ocean View CampsitesThe Lighthouse doesn’t have a campground! There are no camping facilities at Muir Woods National Monument, nor Muir Beach. No camping at Stinson Beach, nor Bolinas.

    The Tule Elk Reserve has no camping at all. Tomales Bay State Park no longer has car camping available; hike-in or boat-in camping, maybe.

    What is available for campground camping on “the Point” is listed below, with links for more info and reservations.

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    POINT REYES, CALIFORNIA

    blue links lead to camp reservation services. campgrounds

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Point Reyes National Seashore Campground
    reservations required
    hike-in, bike-in, and boat-in camp sites only
    415-464-5100
    415-464-5137

    Mount Tamalpais State Park Campground State Parks
    reservations required
    415-388-2070

    • Alice Eastwood Campground
    • Frank Valley Campground
    • Horse Camp Campground
    • Pantoll Campground
    • Steep Ravine Campground
    • Steep Ravine Cabins

    Marin Headlands Camping
    reservations required
    415-331-1540

    Samuel P. Taylor Redwood State Park State Parks
    reservations recommended; open year round
    415-488-9897

    • Devils Gulch Horse Camp
    • Historic Camp Taylor
    • Madrone Group Camp
    • Car Camping / Tent Camp
    • RV max 27′
    • Cabin Rentals @ SPT

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    Cycling, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking and boating are all popular outdoor recreation activities.

    Small towns located on the Point Reyes peninsula do have a few private campgrounds, some of which can accommodate motorhomes. Follow towns links for those.

    RV camping

    There are no RV parks, camper trailers or motorhomes allowed in campgrounds on the steep coastal region of Point Reyes. Most of the narrow, winding roads are forbidden for motorhome travels. No shoulder, no guard rails, on many curvy roads. Great viewpoints are best when you STOP to look, off the roadway.

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    Golden Gate National Recreation Area NPS

    Point Reyes National Seashore

    Stinson Beach Park

    Tomales Bay State Park State Park

    Tule Elk Reserve

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    nearby towns – 

    Onion Valley Campground

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    Spectacular Small Campground in a granite bowl above 9000′ elevation.
    Inyo National Forest near Independence, CA
    Eastern Sierra California

    One of the best high elevation trailhead camp for backpackers in the Sierra.

    High Sierra Lake Hikes

    Onion Valley Campground camp

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Onion Valley CA

    • Elevation: 9,200′
    • Number of Sites: 29
    • Vehicle Accessibility: no RVs
    • Campsites Reservation: Yes
    • Length of Stay: 14 Days
    • Season: June – Sept
    • Trailhead Parking

    Inyo National Forest 
    Mount Whitney Ranger District
    760-876-6200

    Trailhead parking & camping for these High Sierra destinations –

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    High elevation NFS campground, located in a huge granite valley w/ waterfalls, wildflowers and aspen groves. The setting is breathtaking and the high altitude valley is nothing less than grand.

    The views (east to the Owens valley) are from the paved road up, or from the hiking trails leading up outta camp. Gotta hike up (on foot) to see the views! Any visitor that does not hike, will be missing out on the best features of this destination. Plan to spend more than one day at Onion Valley.

    ONLY OPEN for summer months! This small, developed campground closes annually.  Big winters and deep snow is the norm w/ elevation this high.

    tent camp walk-in camp sites, as well as car camping sites.

    • picnic tables
    • fire rings
    • vault toilets
    • piped water
    • bear boxes

    ONION VALLEY ROAD
    access via Independence, CA

    The paved road is long and very winding; sheer cliffs, steep drops, hairpin curves, minimal guard rails. RV motorhomes are not allowed on this route, due to the steepness of the terrain and the narrow roadway. conradkid2001

    • backpacking
    • camp
    • hiking
    • horse pack trips
    • lake fishing
    • mountaineering
    • rock climbing

     

    horsepacks hiking Mountains

    Rae Lakes Loop MapHIKING LAKES in the Sierra

    • Bench Lake
    • Big Pot Hole
    • Charlotte Lake
    • Flower Lake
    • Gilbert Lake
    • Golden Trout Lake
    • Heart Lake
    • Lower Pot Hole
    • Matlock Lake
    • Rae Lakes Loop
    • Robinson Lake
    • Slim Lake
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    Golden Trout Lake Canyon

    California Wildflower Blooms

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    Wildflowers in California 

    Wildflowers bloom all over California – from the desert in winter months, to the High Sierra in mid summer.  Remember that the timing is everything, since most of these precious, delicate beauties only last a week or so. Out there alone, all day in the bright sunshine, whipping in the seasons strongest breezes. Flora!Ocotillo Joshua Tree

    The higher the elevation, the later the bloom.
    Lower elevation deserts begin to show as early as February and higher elevation peaks thaw in May. Wilderness meadows and flowers can be found in the mountains in summer. Generally in California, Springtime – between MARCH and JUNE is the best viewing time.

    Places to find Wildflowers in California

    West coast wildflower blooms in relation to elevation; Order of bloom is typically

    • low deserts (FEB)
    • high deserts (APRIL)
    • river canyons
    • central valley
    • mountain foothills (MAY)
    • coastal foothills
    • mountain forests (JUNE)
    • high altitude meadows
    • mountain lakes
    • mountain peaks (JULY)

    some recent finds:

    Carrizo Plain Super Bloom – W of Taft, CA

    Klipstein Canyon, Kern County @ Hwy 166Gorman Post Road

    Cottonwood Canyon
    W of New Cuyama, CA

    School House Canyon
    W of New Cuyama, CA

    Figueroa Mountain Rd – Los Padres NF @ Santa Ynez, CA

    Table Mountain – Cherokee Road, N Oroville, CA

     

    Box Canyon @ Mecca, California

    Turtle Mountain Road, Needles, CA

    Mill Creek, Lassen NF

    Lassen Peak Lupine Way HikeNPS
    Lassen NP (mid-to-late summer)

    Lassen Peak Lupine Summer Hikes

    more pages on wildflowers –

    California Wildflowers

    California Golden Poppies

    Poppy Reserve Antelope Valley, LA Co.

    Poppy Stompers

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    Anza Borrego Desert Wildflowers

    Mojave Desert