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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download this atlas w/ Avenza Maps

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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

camp maps

2021 NEW Baja Atlas
by Benchmark

see also –
Benchmark Atlases for other states

Timber Trail Route

Timber Trail Route, Los Padres NF

 

Mount Shasta Castle Crags Map

Mount Shasta Wilderness Map
w/ Castle Crags Wilderness

(alternate maps listed below)

Shasta Castle Crags Map USDAShasta Castle Crags Map

OUTTA STOCK / OUTTA PRINT
Might be found @ ranger station

Map of Shasta / Castle Crags Map / Shasta County Map

Mount Shasta Wilderness and Castle Crags Wilderness, are Part of Shasta Trinity National Forest. Waterproof Plastic Paper. 2″ to mile; Usually only found at Ranger Stations. Perfect for a day hike reference or extended backpacking adventures. Printed on plastic in 2001.

Castle Crags Wilderness State Park, located along Interstate 5 NorCal, above Lake Shasta and south of Dunsmuir, CA

Mount Shasta Wilderness, western slopes of Mt Shasta, next to Mount Shasta City, CA

Shasta Castle Crags Map

Mount Shasta Wilderness Map by Wilderness Press

Shasta Wilderness Map

Mount Shasta Wilderness Trail Map by Tom Harrison

Classic Rock Climbs #18
Castle Crags California Book by Laird Davis

Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. At an elevation of 14,179 feet, it is the second-highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth-highest in the state. Mount Shasta has an estimated volume of 85 cubic miles, which makes it the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The mountain and surrounding area are part of the Shasta–Trinity National Forest.

camp mapThe summer climbing season runs from late April until October, although many attempts are made in the winter. Mount Shasta is also a popular destination for backcountry skiing. Many of the climbing routes can be descended by experienced skiers, and there are numerous lower-angled areas around the base of the mountain.

The most popular route on Mount Shasta is Avalanche Gulch route, which begins at the Bunny Flat Trailhead and gains about 7,300′ of elevation in a round trip of approximately 11.5 miles. The crux of this route is considered to be to climb from Lake Helen, at approximately 10,443′ to the top of Red Banks. The Red Banks are the most technical portion of the climb, as they are usually full of snow and ice, are very steep, and top out at around 13,000′ before the route heads to Misery Hill.

snowThe Casaval Ridge route is a steeper, more technical route on the mountain’s southwest ridge best climbed when there’s a lot of snow pack. This route tops out to the left (north) of the Red Banks, directly west of Misery Hill. So the final sections involve a trudge up Misery Hill to the summit plateau, similar to the Avalanche Gulch route.

Climbing Mount Shasta can be done in one day; however, it is often completed in two days. Climbers can ascend from Avalanche Gulch and camp at either Horse Camp @ 7,900′ elevation, or at Helen Lake @ 10,400′. Camping at a higher altitude also helps with acclimatization and often reduces risk of altitude sickness.

hikers mapNo quota system currently exists for climbing Mount Shasta, and reservations are not required. However, climbers must obtain a summit pass and a wilderness permit to climb the mountain. Permits and passes are available at the ranger station in Mount Shasta and the ranger station in McCloud, or climbers can obtain self-issue permits and passes at any of the trailheads 24 hours a day.

see also – 

Shasta Trinity National Forest Map
Shasta Trinity Forest Atlas
Shasta Books

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Road Trip, Camping Death Valley National Park, Mojave Desert California

Death Valley Books

Dante’s View, DVNP

Death Valley is a desert valley in Eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert. It is one of the hottest places on Earth.

The Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. It is located 85 miles east-southeast of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States, with an elevation of 14,505 feet.

Lying mostly in Inyo County, California, near the border of California and Nevada, in the Great Basin, east of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Death Valley constitutes much of Death Valley National Park and is the principal feature of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve. It runs from north to south between the Amargosa Range on the east and the Panamint Range on the west; the Grapevine Mountains and the Owlshead Mountains form its northern and southern boundaries, respectively. It has an area of about 3,000 sq miles.

The highest point in Death Valley National Park is Telescope Peak, in the Panamint Range, which has an elevation of 11,043 feet.

Death Valley has a subtropical, hot desert climate, with long, extremely hot summers; short, mild winters; and little rainfall.

The valley is extremely dry, because it lies in the rain shadow of four major mountain ranges (including the Sierra Nevada and Panamint Range). Moisture moving inland from the Pacific Ocean must pass eastward over the mountains to reach Death Valley; as air masses are forced upward by each range, they cool and moisture condenses, to fall as rain or snow on the western slopes. When the air masses reach Death Valley, most of the moisture has already been lost and there is little left to fall as precipitation.

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Books

see also

Death Valley Topo Map
Benchmark California Atlas
Inyo National Forest Map
Inyo Forest Topo Atlas
Jawbone Canyon Map

Amargosa Opera House @ Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Books

Joshua Tree Maps

Joshua Tree National Park Map

Joshua Tree Maps
Both Tom Harrison and NatGeo make awesome recreation maps of this popular SoCal desert. Numerous campgrounds, hiking trails, dirt roads, historic mines, and plenty rock climbing spots. In 1934, Joshua Tree was designated as a National Monument and then later became a National Park in 1994. The local Palm Springs Desert BLM office has paper maps that cover the desert canyon areas near Interstate 10.

JT Maps

Joshua Tree Recreation Map
by Tom Harrison

Joshua Tree National Park Map, Climbing Joshua Tree Camping Backpacking Maps, Areas include: Black Rock Canyon, Hidden Valley, Barker Dam, Keys View, Lost Horse Valley, Lost Horse Mine, Ryan Mountain, Cholla Cactus Garden, Cottonwood Spring, Lost Palms Oasis, Geology Tour Road, Cap Rock, Jumbo Rocks, Wonderland of Rocks, Arch Rock. High Desert Yucca Valley; Durable, waterproof plastic map; Folded. Map Scale: 125K; ISBN# 9781877689536

digital mapsget a digital version of this map
Joshua Tree Park Map by Tom Harrison

Joshua Tree Maps

Quiet Camps in the Desert

Joshua Tree National Park Map #226
by National Geographic

Trails Illustrated Map from National Geographic. Joshua Tree National Park Map #226. Joshua Tree Park Map, Camping & Hiking Map. Very detailed & colorful. Waterproof Plastic Map; Tear Resistant. GPS data. Scale 1:80,000 Contour Interval = 100 feet. ISBN# 9781566953009

digital mapsget a digital version of this map
NatGeo Map 226 – Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Maps

online maps

digital maps for download

Joshua Tree Maps

Joshua Tree Maps

Joshua Tree Maps can get you beyond the crowds, to the outlying places that few know about. Summers can be hot here in the High Desert at 4000′ elevation, but not as hot as the Palm Springs / Coachella Valley below.

Winters can be chilly and windy, especially with any storm front moving through SoCal. Snow is possible at this elevation. Low temps overnight can drop into the teens during certain times of year – so make sure to bring a zero degree sleeping bag and good thermal undies.

Spring (wildflowers) and autumn are ideal times to visit JTNP.

Joshua Tree Maps

Camping Joshua Tree National Park Desert