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.

Benchmark’s California Road & Recreation Atlas. It is the ideal state-wide map for any outdoor enthusiast. Excellent for exploring all of the golden state from the deserts of SoCal to the rivers of NorCal. 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). 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 scrubland). Extensively revised the 14-page Metro Map section; Complete Recreation Guide, page-to-page overlap and legendary accuracy. Printed in 2013 on paper. ISBN# 9780929591490

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 download this atlas w/ Avenza Maps

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

Well Used, 2000 Edition

Well Used, Well Loved. 2000, Second Edition

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see also – Benchmark Atlases for other states

Timber Trail Route

Timber Trail Route, Los Padres NF

Sierra Nevada Topo Map

Sierra Nevada Map

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IMUS Sierra Nevada Topo Map

This colorful, popular, Sierra Nevada Map published by Imus Geographics, features all outdoor recreation – for just about any adventure seeker or tourist. A great overview map w/ trail heads, paved roads & camping. Map shows Sierra Rivers & Lakes, Sierra hiking trails, backpacking routes, National Parks, all Sierra Wilderness Areas, towns, Campgrounds. From Mount Lassen to Tehachapi Pass. Map includes most of the California Central Valley: San Joaquin Valley Map. Topographical map can be used for trip planning, routing, driving to Sierra destinations, reference.

LARGE size: 30 x 50 — Sierra Nevada Topographical Map. Topographic map can be used for trip planning, routing, driving to Sierra destinations, reference. Map SCALE 500K; High-strength paper map. Folded size = 6 inches x 9 inches / Topo California High Sierra. First Edition 2006. ISBN# 9780966534528

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NatGeo Sierra Nevada Destination Map

National Geographic also makes a really nice overview map of the Sierra Nevada mountains. They call it a “Destination Map” and it has color photos, features areas of interest, highways, park boundaries. Shaded relief topographic, 2-sided, full color and folded. ISBN# 9781597754491

This one is a decent map for planning out trips and getting a good feel as to the ‘lay of the land’. Much of the mountain range can only be crossed on foot, as there are no roads across the mid-section!

Sierra Map

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  • canyons
  • forests
  • highways
  • lakes
  • parks
  • peaks
  • reservoirs
  • rivers
  • small towns
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Sonora Pass, Highway 108, Central Sierra Nevada

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Eastern Sierra = extreme mountain peaks