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Norcal Camping

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by skeeet, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Nov 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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    skeeet

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    I can hardly remember the last time I went camping. I recently got my truck up and running so I'm trying to go camping more and more often. Anyone have campsite recommendations? Feel free to post up pics if you got them!
     
  2. Nov 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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    sly park! favorite place to go
     
  3. Nov 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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  4. Nov 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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  5. Nov 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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    For local backpacking its hard to beat Henry coe state park in Morgan hill.

    Any coast camping form big sur all the way up to Oregon and beyond, the more north u go the less people. Kings/sequoia, Lassen, castle crags, McBurny falls, gold bluffs beach fern canyon, lassen.


    There's to many to mention, i always ask on the forums, found a few cool places that way.
     
  6. Nov 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM
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    thanks for all you help! I'll give Henry Coe a go whenever the weather clears up a bit
     
  7. Nov 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM
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    Heres a pretty good site for the Sierra's. I would be careful this time of year unless your prepared for 4 season camping, snowshoes, etc.
    http://www.backpackthesierra.com/

    I would also recommend the Sierra Buttes near Downieville, CA in the summer. Its awesome backpacking country.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2012 at 8:16 PM
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    Watch for rain, you can get stranded in areas if theres a lot of rain. Watch for rattle snakes, ran across a few:eek:
     
  9. Nov 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM
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    This time of year it's great to camp on the valley floor in Death Valley. It's a little cool at night, and mild during the day.

    It sucks to camp the valley floor in the summer.

    All the local parks around the bay area are totally booked up every weekend months in advance. You have to seek out the really obscure ones to have any hope of nearby weekend camping. Henry Coe is one such example.

    Personally I like throwing my junk in the back of my truck, including about 10 gallons of water so I'm totally self contained, then go off exploring the forest service roads until I find a place I want to camp - and just set up there. End up at least half a mile from the next nearest camper that way.
     
  10. Nov 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    Anyone ever been to Mono Lake in Yosemite?

    I wanna go during a snow storm so I can take some cool photos. But I'm not sure how reservations work there. I heard that service roads get closed, but you could snow shoe in.
     
  11. Nov 28, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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    Yeah I checked that out a while ago.. was hoping someone might have had some experience..

    but then again, anybody wanna go on an adventure?? [​IMG]
     
  13. Dec 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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    personal favorite is American River Resort
     
  14. Dec 4, 2012 at 9:44 AM
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    Thanks for all the recommendations guys. Much appreciated :D
    It's been raining too hard lately over the weekend to go out and enjoy the wilderness. My girlfriend isn't too fond of the rain.
     
  15. Dec 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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    Civilized, but quiet... fairly easy access with a gorgeous waterfall. Bring your cold weather gear, this time of year...
     
  16. Dec 5, 2012 at 4:51 AM
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    That looks like a nice spot. I checked out the water fall, it must look great with all they grey skies and stuff. Perfect photo op!
     
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