Gold Country Books

The Gold Rush of California

california indpendentThe largest migration in world history, of Overland pioneers traversing the continent on foot with wagons and horses, took place right here – beginning in 1848. The discovery of the precious metal gold, that set this rolling, was centered around the western Sierra rivers and mountains of California. The migration west began much earlier, but it increased dramatically after the news spread.

Gold Country Books can relate the historic details of yesteryear.

Within only a decade the entire West Coast was transformed into a developed landscape, with people coming from all over the world to stake out their claims, dreaming of fortunes or simply, just to find work and create a new life. Hence, California became a U.S. state in 1850. Consequently, the railroads followed soon after.

Find Gold Country Maps

Gold Rush Map Books

Columbia State Historic Park, California

California’s Gold Country Books

Gold Country Books

Coloma Gold Centennial Stamp 1948

 

Our Favorites on California History

Little did I know what pleasure reading California historical books would bring me in my middle years of life. Transport yourself to the dusty trails and hardships of Overland pioneer life, or imagine a two year journey sailing around the bottom of South America to reach this desolate coast in the early 1800’s. Read these books below to get a glimpse into an Old California story. One you can only dream about, knowing what has become of it today.

Gold Country Books

Gold Country Goofballs in Auburn, CA

Mendo Forest Topo Atlas

Mendocino National Forest Atlas

Mendocino Topographic Atlas USDA

NorCal Coastal  Forests / Clear Lake California

2022 currently unavailable on Amazon; might still be found at local ranger stations

The MENDOCINO National Forest Atlas, is a spiral bound book – a collection of all the quads. (7½minute topographical maps, of all of Mendo National Forest, California) This book map has detailed topo lines, mountain peaks, streams, lakes, hiking trails & back roads. Perfect for all kinds of recreational needs. Printed in 2016. ISBN# 9781628114201

Mendocino National Forest Atlas

Fouts Springs Camping Area, Mendocino Forest – the EAST SIDE

Mendocino National Forest Atlas

Mendocino National Forest QUADS:
from south to north – Mendocino National Forest Atlas

  • Benmore Canyon
  • Clearlake Oaks
  • Lucerne
  • Hough Springs
  • Bartlett Springs
  • Bartlett Mountain
  • Upper Lake
  • Gilmore Peak
  • Fouts Springs
  • Potato Hill
  • Elk Mountains
  • Potter Valley
  • Foster Mountain
  • Van Arsdale Reservoir
  • Lake Pillsbury
  • Crockett Peak
  • Saint John Mountain
  • Stonyford
  • Elk Creek
  • Felkner Hill
  • Kneecap Ridge
  • Hull Mountain
  • Sanhedrin Mountain
  • Brushy Mountain
  • Chrome
  • Alder Springs
  • Plaskett Meadows
  • Plaskett Ridge
  • Thatcher Ridge
  • Newhouse Ridge
  • Mendocino Pass
  • Log Springs
  • Hall Ridge
  • Newville
  • Paskenta
  • Riley Ridge
  • Ball Mountain
  • Buck Rock
  • Leeche Lake Mountain
  • Bluenose Ridge
  • Four Corners Rock
  • Wrights Ridge
  • Soloman Peak
  • South Yolla Bolly Mountains
  • Raglin Ridge
  • North Yolla Bolly Mountains
  • Black Rock Mountain
  • Swim Ridge
Mendocino National Forest Atlas

Dirt Roads = Secluded Camping

 

2021 UPDATE: Much of this coastal mountain National Forest was ravaged by wildfire both in 2018 and in 2020, so expect to have limited access for a while.

Ranch Fire (2018), part of the larger Mendocino Complex fire, took out all the southern end of the forest, including the Snow Mountain Wilderness.

459,123 acres burned in 2018

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendocino_Complex_Fire

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Complex_fire

Lightning strike wildfires began in mid-August 2020, wiping out the other half of the forest. With the limited fire fighters during the pandemic, the wildland fires ranged for months, filling the whole of Northern California with thick and toxic smoke. The massive August Complex fire is now the largest in state record – with over a million acres burned.

1,032,648 acres burned in 2020

Needless to say, there will closures on many roads throughout this Mendocino NF region, due to fire cleanup, repairs and salvage logging.  This includes some campgrounds, lakes, and meadows (or glades as they call them).  Contact the local ranger station to find out what is open and when. Gated roads may be found throughout this forest.

Primitive Camping Mendocino

Primitive Camping Road #308

4×4 Guide Tahoe NF

4×4 Tahoe Trail Maps
Off Roading Routes

4x4 maps4×4 Tahoe Trail Maps: Explore the 4WD (four wheel drive) dirt and gravel roads inside the Lake Tahoe region. The Lake Tahoe off roading trail maps shown on this page are only a few of the maps of what is available. Featuring locations like Truckee, Lake Tahoe, SLT, PCT, plus all lakes at Donner Pass, Canyon Creek, the Sierra Buttes, the American River and Yuba River watersheds. Please follow the links listed at the bottom of this page for more Tahoe Maps.

Camping Lake Map

Sawmill Lake, Tahoe NF – N of Donner Pass I-80

4Wheeler’s Guide to Trails of the Tahoe National Forest, CA; Lake Tahoe to the North Yuba River; Northern Sierra Nevada mountains, N Gold Country California

4Wheeler’s Guide to the Rubicon Trail

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California off roading with 4×4 Tahoe Trail Maps. Topographical hard copy maps show contour lines, routes, trailheads, campgrounds, alpine lakes, mountain peaks, wilderness boundaries.  Maps for use by nomad campers, mountain bikers, dirt bikers, jeeps, SUVs, ATVs, and all off roading rigs. Overland camping options in the high elevation Sierra Nevada mountains.

see also –dirt bikes trail map

Lake Tahoe Basin Topo Atlas

Tahoe National Forest Map USDA

Lake Tahoe Basin – Recreation @ Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Rim Trail Topo Map by Tom Harrison

USDA Lakes Basin, Sierra Buttes Map

bowman cliff shoreline

Bowman Lake, narrow cliff shoreline

Tahoe Forest Maps
by National Geographic

Tahoe East – Sierra Buttes & Donner Passfishing maps tahoe

Tahoe West – Yuba River & American River

sierra buttes maps

Back Roads @ N Yuba, Lakes Basin

Lakes Basin Recreation Area: Sierra Buttes
GOLD LAKE HWY. North Sierra Nevada – where granite spires touch the sky and river canyons run deep. Alpine lakes are covered in snow half the year w/ Gold Lake being the largest.

Totally worth a weekend visit! Spending a full week here is ideal. Summer destination for cabins, camping, hiking, fishing, waterfalls, and even off road routes; Winter offers snow recreation: cross country ski, snow shoe trails, and snow mobile access.


forest roads map tahoe

Tire Tools: roadside assistance
doesn’t do dirt roads

Washington Hiking Books

Washington Hiking BooksPNW
The Pacific Northwest region covers both Washington and Oregon, which are directly north of California. Abundant coastlines, waterways, islands, with mountains with forests, rivers and waterfalls. Summer is the best time to camp in this state, as it rains most often in other months.

Books for Washington State: Hike, Bike, Fish, Kayak, Explore

Washington Hiking Books


Washington Hiking Books
Washington Hiking Books


Washington Hiking Books

see also – 

Columbia River Map
PCT Map 9 – Southern Washington
PCT Map 10 – Northern Washington