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SIERRA SWIMMING HOLES seeking cool
Swelter no more! We have the cure, but you provide transportation & the picnic lunch.
Water & Elevation = Greenery & Coolness

As summer comes to a close, and school starts soon, we in California know that the worst is yet to come. August thru October are the hottest months & not to mention wildfire season is in full swing.

NF TOPO MAPS USDA If you are baking at 90+ degrees daily in your smoggy city, air condition buildings become a blesssing. Forget putting down the top on the convertible. You are in desperate need of cooler temps & shade. Head to the mountains for fresh air on your day off, real relaxation and a splash in a creek. Camp among towering pines & lay around in a hammock. Tall redwoods, cool ocean air.

If you are heading to the magnificant Sierra's make sure you grab a National Forest Map . This will save your butt if you are looking for a private creekside camp or that bitchen little waterfall to play in.

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Plan a day hike to a 10,000' peak. The air is thinner & breezy up there. Getting caught in a thunderstorm can be a fun surprise, but remember not to be up on a peak, ridgeline or tall ledge w/ lightning possible. If you hear any thunder nearby chances are there is a lighting strike somewhere, so know your terrain and pay attention. Find emergency shelter under rock overhangs. Pack an extra set of dry clothes.

Drive - Way back there! In order to get the best swimming holes & secluded waterfalls, you will have to drive further down the back roads than most tourists. Look at your forest maps, find a stream crossing near a dirt road & head out to it. Spend the whole day! The farther back you go the more pristine it will get. Less people, less trash & more opportunity to skinny dip. Remember, if you are planning the daily bath in a lake or creek, do not put any soap in the water. The fish downstream don't like it! See more Camp Rules .

DON'T FORGET THESE ITEMS:

  • towels
  • swim suits
  • sandals
  • hiking shoes
  • sun hat
  • sunscreen
  • bug repellant
  • inflatable toys
  • air pump /inflator
  • old blankets
  • extra clothes
  • jacket & hat
  • hammock
  • topo maps
  • fishing gear
  • camping gear
  • food & beverages

the sierras:
The word Sierra conjures up all kinds of pleasant thoughts. From great vistas to granite cliffs. Raging rivers, waterfalls & alpine lakes. We are so lucky to have this huge mountain range so close to us. Sierra Nevada has the largest trees on the planet, not to mention some of most visited National Parks on earth. But let's not forget the lesser know National Forests. Backpackers will enjoy the thousand of miles of true Wilderness which lie protected from roads & traffic. Below are just a few of the many places to find higher elevations, shady trees to hang your hammock & an abundance of refreshing streams & lakes.

park / forest recreation town hwy lodging
El Dorado NF American River
Consumnes River
creeks, waterfalls
Auburn
Placerville
Hwy. 49 Auburn
Loon Lake Chalet

Placerville
Mountain Home SF Tule River
creeks, ponds,
waterfalls, bike
Springville Hwy. 190 Camp Nelson
Springville
Inyo NF lakes, creeks,
waterfalls, hike, backpack
Bishop
June Lake

Lee Vining
Mammoth
Hwy. 395 Bishop
June Lake
Lee Vining
Kings Canyon NP Kings River
waterfalls, creeks
backpack, hike
Visalia
Hume Lake
Hwy. 180 Grant Grove
Visalia
Plumas NF Feather River
creeks, fishing, bike
Sierra City Hwy. 49 Downieville
Sierra City
Sequoia NF Kern River
creeks, ponds,
waterfalls, hike, bike
Kernville
Springville
Hwy. 178 Camp Nelson
Kernville

Springville
Sequoia NP Kaweah River
waterfalls, backpk
Visalia Hwy. 198 Giant Forest
Grant Grove

Visalia
Sierra NF Dinkey Creek
fishing, lakes
waterfalls, hike, bike
Huntington Lake
Shaver Lake
Hwy. 190 Huntington Lake
Shaver Lake
Stanislaus NF Tuolumne River
creeks, lakes
Groveland
Murphy's

Sonora
Hwy. 120 Groveland
Sonora

Twain Harte
Toiyabe NF creeks, lakes,
hike, bike, backpack
Bridgeport
Twin Lakes
Hwy. 395 Bridgeport
Mount Charleston
Yosemite NP Tule River
creeks, ponds,
waterfalls
Oakhurst Hwy. 120 Fish Camp
Oakhurst

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the coast:
NorthEast of the Owens Valley/Bishop area lies the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Trees. This park gets over looked my many heading to the western Sierra's to get their tree fix. While Mammoth Mtn is a huge tourist destination, the White Mountains have the nights skies, aspen groves & seclusion you may be looking for.

beach / forest recreation town hwy lodging
Andrew Molera SP hike, beach
tidepools
Big Sur Hwy. 1 Big Sur
Los Paders NF hike, bike, golf
Lake Casitas
backpack, motorcyles
Big Sur N
Frazier Park S
Ojai
Hwy. 101 Big Sur
Ojai

Pine Mountain
Montana de Oro SP hike, bike,
tidepools
Morro Bay Hwy. 1 Cayucos
Morro Bay
Morro Bay SP hike, golf,
kayak, fish
Morro Bay Hwy. 1 Cayucos
Morro Bay
All Redwood Parks hike, picnic
backpacking
Ben Lomond
Eureka
Garberville
Hwy. 101 Eureka
Ferndale
Garberville

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northern cal:
A good amount of Southern Californians think that San Francisco is Northern California. Hmm, let's see. If you look at a state map a good one-third of the state lies above the populated Bay Area. A large percentage of the top portion of this golden state is covered with trees, lakes, wineries, farms & ranches. Very rural, very scenic & very little crowds. Sure the coastal areas will have the summertime rush, but in general, Northern California has a lot to offer the camper seeking peace & quiet. Reservations at Campgrounds? - Unheardof! If it's fun, excitement & recreation you desire, the dozens of pine tree lines lakes offer watercraft & houseboat rentals. River rafting is common & fishing is a very popular local past time.

park / forest recreation town hwy lodging
Burney Falls Lake, swim, fishing, boat Burney Hwy. 299 Burney
Fall River Mills
Klamath NF Klamath River
Lakes, fishing
Happy Camp
Yreka
Hwy. 96 Happy Camp
Yreka
Lassen NP Lakes, swim, fish, kayak, hike, backpack Burney
Chester
Hwy. 89 Burney
Chester
Lassen NF Feather River, Lakes, fishing, kayak, caves Burney
Chester
Hwy. 89 Burney
Chester

Fall River Mills
Modoc NF hike, bike, fish Alturas Hwy. 395 Alturas
Plumas NF Feather River
creeks, fishing, bike
Sierra City Hwy. 49 Downieville
Sierra City
Shasta Trinity NF Trinity River, Lakes, fishing, kayak Mt. Shasta
Weaverville
Hwy. 3 McCloud
Mt. Shasta
Weaverville
Six River NF a bunch-o- Rivers, Lakes, fishing, kayak Chester Hwy. 96 Some's Bar
Happy Camp
All Redwood Parks hike, picnic
backpacking
Ben Lomond
Eureka
Garberville
Hwy. 101 Eureka
Ferndale
Garberville

socal:
In order to have these nice temperatures, you must have water... Rain & a good amount of it. SoCal gets an average preciptitation of 10 inches per year (if lucky). The past few decades have exeperienced drought like conditions & water consevation efforts are always in effect. There is a limited amount of lakes & reservoirs, few if any real rivers, seasonal streams that dry up by mid-summer. Basically, the little amount of water recreational areas are very popular & crowded on weekends - be warned.

park / forest recreation town hwy lodging
Angeles NF hike, bike, backpack, motorcyles Wrightwood Hwy. 101 Wrightwood
Los Paders NF hike, bike, golf
backpack, motorcyles
Frazier Park
Ojai
Hwy. 33 New Cuyama
Ojai

Pine Mountain
Malibu Creek SP hike, beach Malibu Hwy. 1 Malibu
San Bernardino NF hike, picnic, fish
lakes, kayak, boat
Big Bear
Lake Arrowhead
Hwy. 38 Big Bear
Forest Falls
Lake Arrowhead

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