California Benchmark Atlas

Benchmark California Map

California Benchmark Atlas

The best selling state atlas for the golden state – The California Road and Recreation Atlas

Benchmark California Atlas
California Driving Map. Topographic features, back roads map.

Best Overall Map: California Road & Recreation Atlas. This map books is the ideal state-wide map for any outdoor enthusiast. Excellent for exploring all of the golden state from the deserts of Southern California to the rivers of Northern California.

The Benchmark CA Atlas highlights include – all lakes, trailheads, Wilderness Areas, Campgrounds, National Forests, State Parks, National Parks, outdoor recreation destinations, plus extensive back roads (dirt & paved). This full color beauty is one of the most successful California map products of our time!

Recent editions have improvements: ground-cover detail at a very high-resolution.(forested, cultivated, marshland, desert, or scrub land). Extensively revised the 14-page Metro Map section; Complete Recreation Guide, page-to-page overlap and legendary accuracy. Printed on paper. 11th edition (2021) ISBN# 9781734315035

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California Benchmark Atlas

 

However, featured above is the current edition being sold but DanaMite actually prefers the look of the less-digitized version – the popular 2nd edition (printed in 2000), shown below. Easier to read maps, less text, less information overall, less busy looking.

California Benchmark Atlas

California Benchmark Atlas

Well Used, Well Loved. 2000, Second Edition

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2021 NEW Baja Atlas
by Benchmark

see also –
Benchmark Atlases for other states

Timber Trail Route

Timber Trail Route, Los Padres NF

 

Sequoia Kings Recreation Map

Sequoia Kings Recreation Map
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Tom Harrison Maps

Sequoia Kings Recreation Map

Sequoia Recreation Map Backpacking Trails. Includes both Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, CA Recreation Map. Areas include: Lodgepole Campground, Mineral King Canyon, Giant Forests, Grant Grove Sequoia, Ash Mountain, Silver City California, Crystal Cave Sequoia, Mount Whitney. Durable, waterproof plastic map; Folded. Map Scale: 125K; ISBN# 9781877689499

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP Map

Sequoia Kings Recreation Map

Kings River Gorge

Sequoia Kings Recreation Map

Crystal Cave, Sequoia NP

see also –

Kings Canyon Highcountry
Mineral King Canyon Map
Sequoia Kings NP NatGeo Map
Sequoia NF Map USDA

National Parks

Two National Parks, side by side

Kaiser Wilderness Map

Views from Kaiser

Wonderful high elevation views from the peaks.

Kaiser Pass Hiking Map

Kaiser Map / Kaiser Pass / Sierra Kaiser Wilderness

Tom Harrison Maps makes the newest version of this Central Sierrra wilderness map. Kaiser Wilderness has glacier boulders, huge granite – Kaiser Peak, 4×4 routes and big cell phone towers, plus a lotta great views all the way around. Elevations range from 7000′ to 10,320′ above sea level.

Kaiser Pass Road is a narrow paved road, located in between Huntington Lake and Edison Lake; Only open in the summer months and closed for winter. No long trailers or RVs allowed on this route. Minimal pulls outs, maximum scenery.

Headwaters to the San Joaquin River start way back here in the mid-Sierra mountains. Decent fishing, awesome camping, rock climbing, hot springs and plenty of hidden spaces. Hiking and mountain biking in this region is abundant, as well as in winter, with cross-country skiing and snowmo trails.

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Kaiser Wilderness Topo Map

Kaiser Wilderness Map

WILDFIRE NOTICE: This Wilderness area may be currently closed due to the aftermath of a massive wildfire. Creek Fire 2020

Kaiser Wilderness MapHuntington Lake marks the region for KAISER, a steep paved road, which climbs down the mountain on the west side of the lake. Extreme heights, granite boulders and chaparral. 25 mph max kinda road, for dozens of miles. Not a quick or easy day trip kinda place. Plan for weeks, or at least several days, out exploring in this country.

Kaiser Wilderness MapSnow is deep! Snowmobiling is very popular on the Kaiser route and in this deep snow region. China Peak (aka Sierra Summit) is the local ski resort. Cabins, condos and campgrounds are all available at Huntington Lake.

The Kaiser Road is one of the highest paved mountain roads in all California. Great views to the Eastern Sierra and all the way around. Numerous primitive camps and trailheads, adjacent to the Wilderness Area. Kaiser Pass has the DUSY ERSHIM 4×4 Trail, second only to the RUBICON TRAIL in popularity. Some dirt roads may require high clearance, or perhaps 4-wheel drive. Signage gets knocked down, mud can turn to powder fine dust in summer, lots of erosion, landslides, rock slides. Have a good topographical map and know your vehicles limitations.

nearby destinations:

Kaiser Wilderness Map USDAKaiser Wilderness MapKaiser Wilderness Map

currently unavailable on Amazon. may be found at local ranger station.

HUNTINGTON LAKE, CA Kaiser Wilderness Trail Map, part of Sierra National Forest has destinations like Huntington Lake, Lakeshore, Kaiser Peak ( 10,320′ elevation), Kaiser Pass. Kaiser Wilderness, XC skiing, Snowmobile Trails. Perfect for a day hike reference or extended backpacking adventures.

USDA NFS Map Scale = 2″ to mile; Printed on paper in 1991. Might only be found at USFS Ranger Station Pineridge @ Tollhouse, on Highway 168

Kaiser Wilderness Map

Kaiser Pass, Sierra Map, Wilderness Trails, Topo, Huntington, Mono Hot Springs

Mono Hot Springs

Mono Hot Springs, open all year long.

 

Rancheria Creek

Camping on a Creek

wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiser_Wilderness

National Geographic Maps makes a much larger, full color map that covers the whole region, from Shaver Lake @ Highway 168, way out to Dinkey Lakes Wilderness. The map scale is much wider, so it is not considered a trail map, like the Tom Harrison Topo and the USDA maps listed above.shaverlakemap

NatGeo Shaver Lake Map

 

see also – snow

Sierra Forest Map
Sierra National Forest Map
Sierra National Forest Atlas
Dinkey Lakes Maps

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

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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

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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.


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Tire Tools: roadside assistance
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