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California Trailhead Recommendations:
The Sonora Pass, corridor between Carson-Iceberg & the Emigrant Wilderness
Inyo High Country, near Bishop & Mount Whitney in the majestic Eastern Sierra California.
Let us not forget the fierce, alpine bowl of Onion Valley w/ aspen campground, plus the amazing Kearsarge Pass & Rae Lakes Loop. Yeah baby!
Monache Meadows, the Upper Kern, where Golden Trouts are born; Big Sequoias & Mineral King
Kaiser Pass, Mono Hot Springs, the High Country, near Ansel Adams Wilderness & John Muir Trailheads
Coyote Lake, Sierra NF / Tamarack Creek
Castle Crags State Park w/ views of Mount Shasta
Point Reyes National Seashore
Ventana Wilderness, Prewitt & the Big Sur Coast
Trinity Alps Wilderness, Hwy 3 near Trinity Lake
NorCal Red Buttes Wilderness, near Oregon
Klamath's Marble Mountain Wilderness
Courtright Reservoir & Wishon, Western Sierra
Downieville , Sierra Buttes, Lakes Basin, Gold Lake
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Most National Parks, State Parks & Wilderness Areas require a backcountry permit registration previous to getting on the trails - if you are planning for an over night visit, or any through hike. The purpose of this is to KEEP TABS on your whereabouts (as much as possible). Authorities can locate backpackers/hikers of an emergency (wildfires or storm dangers). Free permits can be obtained free at most visitor centers or ranger stations. Many parks have trail head parking spots with self-registration.
Access roads to the Wilderness trailheads are sometimes dirt & may be ungraded, very long & very remote. Pick your trailhead depended on the road conditions, grading & snowfall amounts. Call a field ranger for more up-to-date info. And know your cars limitations. Mud or creek crossings are quite common. Plus the Waterproof maps by Tom Harrison are the best choices for backpacking.
Below are the pages to all parks & forests in California, some lakes, plenty trailheads, plus the high Sierra bliss.