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Northern California Guide to Campsites: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Full hookups, partial hookups and no-hookups (dry/tent camping).

Full hookup camping icon

Full Hookup

Partial Hookup camping icon

Partial Hookup

Dry Camping Icon

Dry Camp

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Hiking Only

4x4 Recommended

4×4 Req’d

“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.” – Dave Barry

Eastern Sierra Nevada One of the best ways one can hit the proverbial reset button is to get out into the great outdoors, and Northern California full of great getaways from the beach to the mountains.

Breathing in fresh high sierra air scented with hints of sage, the howls of a lone coyote, the gentle rumble of a nearby stream. These things have a way of peeling away the stress of city life.

Here at DC, we love getting out and to help assist with this effort, we thought it high time to finally make a map dedicated to camping.  Our new “NorCal Campsites” map was inspired to identify campsites near the best trout waters in the Sierra Nevada, but  we figured – why stop there? And so we did not.

As of the publishing date, August 10, 2016, our map is about half complete with more spots to be found around the Mendocino National Forest area and Monterey/Santa Cruz regions.

The icons represent full-hookups, partial hookups or straight dry camping. If you don’t know what those words mean, take a guess and you’re probably right. But just in case, here’s our legend to help. Prices vary from free to $70 with most public lands charging around $20 a night. The key here is that you really do get what you pay for, but maybe you don’t want wifi, a swimming pool or electricity. Heck, odds are that the reason you’re going camping is to get away from those things, anyways.

A lot of work went into this map, so we thought it a shame not to share. Happy camping, or glamping as the case may be!

A short diddy from one of DC’s favorite areas to fish, hike and camp.


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