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National Forests MapsIf you want to get 'off the beaten path' & away from the crowds, you will need to be well equipped. One thing you will need to successfully get way away from the masses & RV parks is a good map. A detailed map that lists most dirt roads is advisable for backcountry road travel. Some of these good atlas Californiasame maps also detail the areas hiking trails & backpacking camp spots. Large map books are convenient but sometimes aren't as thorough as the standard NFS issued maps. Most maps these days, have longitude & latitude grids for use with your GPS system .


BenchMark Map is a must have!

tom harrison maps

California Atlases

the basics

How to Read a Map & Signage

The Interstate System
Interstate signs
One & Two Digit Signs

Three Digit Signs

Even # are east-west routers
Odd # are north-south routers
Business Loop
Business Spur
First digit even# = route through or around city
First digit odd# = spur into a city

common signs and abbreviations:

Interstate = "I"
Highway = Hwy.
State Routes = SR or CA

Note: Mile Markers (a.k.a. postmiles) for the most part go like this...
Even-numbered routes usually increase from west to east.
Odd-numbered routes, from south to north.
However, there are exceptions. For individual routes & their direction, see this Dept. of Transportation useful Table
state highway U.S. Route routes dirt roads
forest roads 

scenic drivesDirt Roads are usually represented by light gray lines, thin double lines or even dashed double lines. Make sure you follow your desired route through to the end to make sure it doesn't extend to a dead end or result in a locked gate. Contact the local ranger or BLM office to find out about gate closures. Or even possible road closures. Familiarize yourself with Backroads / Forest Service Roads (usually dirt roads) if you are planning on heading into the mountains, deserts or back country areas. You may even want to check road conditions before you head out on your adventure. During summer months you are most likely to experience open roads without adverse conditions.

National Forest Service Maps are extremely helpful when venturing off pavement to dirt roads. Most really good primitive camping areas are located on these dirt side roads. Get off the beaten path & find that perfect meadow, waterfall or creek side spot.

map books & state atlasesCA Maps

Online Map Sources:

  • National Forest Maps - for sale online w/ priority shipping
  • California Wilderness Maps - for sale online w/ priority shipping
  • California OHV Trail Maps -q for sale online w/ priority shipping
  • Recreation Maps for California - for sale online w/ priority shipping

    California Maps
  • Large Map Books of back country regions are becoming ever popular. Book maps, such as Thomas Brothers California, DeLorme or Benchmark cover the entire state! Your best bet for super detailed coverage is still the area BLM map or Forest Service NFS USDA maps.

    Tom Harrison Maps are some of the best maps out there & they are tear-resistant plus waterproof, so they'll last.

    GPS caching


    Planning your road trip & what route you will take before you leave is advised. Re-routing & assessing the situation along the way at a dinner stop or roadside bathroom break is also helpful.

    New technology producing great stuff: Global Positioning Systems are almost a necessity for logging that perfect trailhead or backwoods campsite.

    map sources

  • Google Maps
  • Map Quest
  • Topo Quest
  • Yahoo Maps

  • Get Driving Directions & Make your Own Map

    Maps online are only for reference and convenience! Make sure you have another map or tow for cross referencing. Do not depend on digital cell phone service in the boonies. Real maps, paper topo maps have accurate details, asy to read, recommended for backcountry routes & forests back roads.

    planning routes

    map softwaretopo &

    Software : GPS Data Card for Guide to California Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails
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    Binding: MiniDisc
    Brand: FunTreks, Inc.
    EAN: 0091037849359
    Format: DVD-ROM
    Item Dimensions:7505502050
    Label: FunTreks, Inc.
    Manufacturer: FunTreks, Inc.
    Platform: Not Machine Specific
    Publisher: FunTreks, Inc.
    Studio: FunTreks, Inc.

    • Tracklogs and waypoints exactly match routes in Guide Califonia Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails
    • MicroSD card + Adapter
    • See exactly where you are on the trial
    • Universal GPX files included for use in other applications
    • 100 of the best offroad trails located in California

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    Editorial Review:

    Product Description:
    If it's off-highway fun you seek, you've come to the right place. data card covers 100 of the most beautiful trails in California. This data card contains tracks and waypoints that exactly match routes in the guidebook "Guide to California Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails." FunTreks data cards are designed to work with most hand-held Garmin® GPS devices that have a data card slot. They can also be used with other brands of GPS units, apps and computer programs that support ".gpx" format, such as Garmin BaseCamp® and Google Earth®. This data card contains tracks and waypoints that exactly match routes in our guidebooks. When you arrive at the trailhead, simply follow the highlighted route. Some GPS units, like the Garmin Nuvi®, also provide turn-by-turn directions to the trailhead. The Garmin Montana® and Oregon® will also give directions to the trailhead if loaded with optional City Navigator®. This data card is intended to be used along with the matching book. The book includes critical ancillary information not on the data card, including trail overview, trail rating, vehicle recommendation, trail stats, driving tips, mileage log, annotated map and photos of trail conditions. With or without the book, FunTreks, Inc. disclaims any and all liability for bodily injury, death or property damage that could occur to you or any of your passengers while using this data card. FunTreks is a small outdoor-fun-oriented company and we take pride in giving accurate trail info. For the past 18 years, we have been the leading guidebook publisher promoting offroad trails. We care a great deal about the environment and believe public lands can be enjoyed responsibly. Our books instruct and inform so you'll know how to have fun the right way.

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