California Countryside Hikes

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    Caliente, CA

    Crocker Campground

    Davis Lake Free Camping

    Crocker Camp Lake Davis

    Crocker Campground
    Crocker Guard Station

    Plumas Forest Rd #24N06
    Crocker Mountain Rd @ Beckwourth-Genesse Rd

    Seldom used, but often loved. This old camp used to be a California Conservation Corps (CCC) camp, during the construction of Lake Davis in 1966. Situated next to a big meadow w/ ancient lava flows up hill, the small campground hugs a wooded hillside above the freshly paved Beckwourth-Genesse Road #111

    Lake Davis Recreation Area

    Plumas National Forest
    Beckwourth Ranger District
    530-836-2575

    If choosing to enter camp from the lake side, take Crocker Mountain Rd. / Plumas Forest Rd #24N06, up from Grizzly Road #112. This area is a north turn off Hwy 89, in between Beckwourth and Portola, CA

    Access from the paved (east) side is via Beckwourth-Genesse Road #111. Adventurous camper trucks trailers or small RVs may attempt this dirt hillside campground, but roots and rocks and erosion are abundant in the upper portion of the camp, so be warned.

    The minimal aspen grove at nearby Crocker Guard Station makes for a nice back drop, but there are no aspens at camp. Please note: you cannot see Lake Davis from this side of the hill. This primitive campground is located on a forested, volcanic hillside facing east; Dirt road entry, vault toilet w/ minimal facilities. No paved campsite loop here!

    Numerous unmarked foot trails lead out to the meadows edge, up lava ridges or into the forest behind the aspens. Crocker Guard Station is a very short walk; and now available for rent from the NFS w/ reservation link below.

    Crocker Campground
    • Elevation: 5600′
    • Number of Sites: 10
    • Vehicle Accessibility: Small RV
    • Campsites Reservation: No
    • Camp Fee: No
    • Length of Stay: 14 Days
    • Season: May – November
    • Trailheads: Crocker Meadow Loop

    Crocker Campground

    NFS CABIN RESERVATIONS

    Crocker Guard Station

    Set back off the main road, this historic, two story cabin with wood siding and small front porch has meadows and aspen groves surrounding it. Crocker Guard Station was built in 1912 as a home for Forest Service personnel, and was later staffed as a fire station until the 1980s.

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    Crocker Mountain is popular for deer hunting, mountain biking, as well as off-road travel.

    Lake Davis is about 5 miles away from this small campground, to the west. From Crocker Camp to Lake Davis (the most direct way) is a one lane, graded dirt road – Plumas Forest Rd #24N06.

    The paved way over to the lake will be triple the distance – and you’ll need to go back to the highway.

    View East from Davis

    Crocker Mountain @ Lake Davis, California

    Trinity Alps Camping

    Trinity Alps Wilderness Campgrounds

    Our tent at site 4 at Trinity Alps Ripstein Campground

    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
  • campgrounds near Trinity trailheads –

    camping Highway 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:

    • 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:

    • 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

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    camping Salmon River (Cecilville Road #1C02):

    NorCal Topographic Maps – Trinity Map

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    Trinity Alps Wilderness Map

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    SUV Trail

    Baker Creek

    Baker Creek, Inyo NF

    Since sport utility vehicles were invented for California yuppies, it makes perfect sense that this California market also has the awesome terrain to use these rugged rigs. After the first shopping cart door ding or windshield crack, most folks are open to taking their utilitarian vehicles on dirt roads, but some will only dream about it.

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    Here at Total Escape, we are here to change all that. The fear of outdoors, the unknown, the capability, the driving skill. Your SUV is a good reason to be outdoors in the golden state, at bare minimum. No excuses. Enjoy the California you never knew – and sometimes that means getting off the pavement. Yes, more than 2 miles.

    SUV trail – any path, dirt road or route that can be driven on; high clearance vehicle are often necessary, 4×4 needed on occasion. National Forests, canyons, deserts, mountains, country lane style drives, some classic routes skirt the wilderness boundaries. We have it all for ya here. Rock crawling Rubicon adventures, all the way down to the leisurely ‘Sunday drive’ thru a forest to a meadow for a picnic. 

    Jeep trails, forest roads, graded roads, gravel roads, back roads, dirt roads, 4×4 routes, OHV (off highway vehicle) trails.

    MAPS will get you out there!
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    Dust, dirt, mud, snow. Beyond the county line, way back there, where you can discover ghost towns, old mines in the desert, hot springs, historic lodges, petroglyphs, river gorges, fire lookouts, waterfalls, and so much more.

    Get motivated and travel in your SUV:

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    California Elevations

    I-80 Donner Pass

    high altitude towns    well above sea level

     

    The majority of California cities are located near sea level, with low lying farmlands and populated coastlines common throughout world geography. California has super diversity w/ the population as well as the elevation. Vast rugged deserts bordering Nevada, from high deserts (8000′ @ Bodie ghost town) to low deserts (below sea level for Mecca) near the Salton Sea.  The golden state is also home to the highest and lowest point within the lower 48 and those points are only about 100 miles apart – Death Valley  (-282′ elev) and  Mount Whitney  (14,494′ elev).

    High elevation mountain towns w/ pine forest are primarily located in the Sierra Nevada range which runs the backbone of California in a north-south direction,  separating the Pacific Ocean from the Great Basin. Mountain communities in Southern California includes places like Mount Laguna, Palomar, Big Bear, Arrowhead, Idyllwild and Mount Pinos.

    The coastal range and the Sierra Nevadas encompasses most of Central California. Northern California by nature has generally higher elevation destinations and plenty off space to explore. Secluded forests, rivers, creeks, lakes, and reservoirs can be found above 4000′ elevation, north of Sacramento.

    California Elevation Breakdown

    • Alpine lakes, streams, pine forests, mountain peaks, granite scenery is abundant above 6000′ elev.
    • Pinyon pine forests, junipers, sage chaparral, joshua trees can be found between 3000-5000′
    • Hot Springs, creek canyons and cottonwoods are usually discovered above 2000′ elev.
    • Oak hills, ghost pines, creek beds, river canyons generally range from 1000-3000′
    • Under 1000′ elevation is the majority of the populated cities and towns within California

     

    Mecca Hills

    GoogleMaps – groundbreaking tool for trip planning and checking out trailheads, camps and dirt roads from overhead

    USGS Viewer – topographic overlays for altitude estimates, and various imagery

    Mountain Peaks in California

    SoCal Peaks above 10,000′ elevation

    100 Highest Peaks inside California

    California’s Highest Points by County

    California Elevations Map

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    Snow is always a factor in mid to high altitude towns with road conditions being unpredictable with each mountain range and each micro-climate. Winter months range from October to May, so be warned. Above 3000′ elevation usually gets some snow. Serious snow above 5000′. Carry tire chains or have 4×4 to travel safely on snowy roads.

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