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
download this atlas w/ Avenza Maps
Featured above is the current edition being sold; 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.
Well Used, Well Loved. 2000, Second Edition
see also – Benchmark Atlases for other states
Timber Trail Route, Los Padres NF
Sierra Nevada 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
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!
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- small towns
Sonora Pass, Highway 108, Central Sierra Nevada
Eastern Sierra = extreme mountain peaks