Total Escape is the independent travel site for California, off the beaten path. A huge compilation of local resources and back road destinations - all geared around the local resident, the Californian. Celebrating 15 years online this Autumn, with tons of real photos, of real places, these topo maps and pages will help create your custom adventure vacation or weekend getaway.
Here in California we have to be especially cautious with fire. From a small cigarette butt out the car window to an unattended campfire, nothing is too safe. Obtain a free fire permit if you plan to camp outside of developed campgrounds. Have water closeby, or bring enough water to extinguish your fire. At the ranger station, the NFS rangers will instruct you to have the bare basics: a shovel, a bucket, water. Winds can pick up at night and turn your campsite into a danger zone. Do not leave camp chairs near the fire ring, filled with embers, ready to ignite any acrylic item. Be ultra-safe with all fire in the wilderness.