Hiking Maps AZ & Books for Camping Arizona
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The 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
4×4 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.
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
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.
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Lake Tahoe Basin – Recreation @ Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Rim Trail Topo Map by Tom Harrison
Tahoe East – Sierra Buttes & Donner Pass
Tahoe West – Yuba River & American River
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.