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Backcountry
ADVENTURES
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
by Peter Massey and Jeanne Wilson

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BACKCOUNTRY FOR ANYONE WITH A SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE

This huge guide covers 152 backcountry roads totaling 2,653 miles!

The award-winning Adventures series provides all the information you need to guide you along Northern California's most remote backcountry roads and 4WD trails:
  • A broad range of trails suitable for anyone with a sport utility vehicle
  • Comprehensive maps to help you plan and navigate your route
  • Detailed, step-by-step route directions
  • Ratings for the degree of difficulty and scenic beauty of each trail
  • Driving times and distances for each trail
  • GPS coordinates for each trail
  • Tips on four-wheel driving techniques
  • Histories of ghost towns and old mining camps
  • Profiles of colorful characters who have played a part in Northern California's history
  • Information and photographs to identify animals and wildflowers

Explore 2,653 miles of backcountry in your SUV
Backcountry Adventures: Northern California provides detailed directions for 152 backcountry roads throughout Southern California, all suitable for stock sport utility vehicles.  All you need is an SUV, a sense of adventure, and your copy of Backcountry Adventures: Northern California.

Adventures galore!

  • See Northern California's natural wonders up close.  Gaze over the state from atop the Sierra Nevada.  Explore the vast dry expanse of Pacific Coast.

  • View Northern California's abundant wildlife in its natural habitat.

  • Walk the silent streets of ghost towns.  Imagine the explosive report of six-guns as Wild West lawmen and gunslingers faced each other.

  • Discover mines and mining camps that once reverberated with the sounds of machines, and men hoping to find the Mother Load.

  • Follow in the footsteps of pioneers and early settlers.

  • Marvel at the artwork ancient Indian tribes, preserved as petroglyphs, and pictographs.

  • Drive along abandoned railroad beds where thousands labored to lay the first tracks across the continent.  Follow the route taken by the Pony Express and Overland Stage.

  • Access the best locations for backcountry camping, hiking, snowmobiling, mountain-bike and trail-bike riding, hunting and fishing.

Winner of Four Prestigious Awards

"With the impressive amount of detail that is given to every aspect of this travel guide, you would expect the trail coverage to be better still - and it is." ..."The wealth of information makes it second to none, and the presentation makes it a pleasure to read."  4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine

Contents

co4wda.gif (3157 bytes) Introduction Page
Before You Go
Why a 4WD Does it Better Using this book Backcountry Driving Rules and Permits Assessing Your Vehicle's Off-Road Ability Four-Wheel Driving Techniques Special 4WD Equipment Northern California distance Chart
9
Along the Trail
Towns, Ghost Towns, and Interesting Places Historic Trails Mail Routes and Stagecoach Lines Railroads   People Indians of Northern California Events Geology Animals Plants
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co4wdc.gif (3319 bytes) The High Sierra Region (50 Trails)
Dinkey - Trimmer Road Sycamore Springs Tail Kings River Trail Sawmill Flat Road Granite Gorge Overlook Trail Spanish OHV Route Bald Mountain OHV Route Brewer Lake OHV Route Big Creek Railroad Grade Trail Ballon Dome Overlook Trail Mount Tom Fire Lookout Bear Diversion Dam OHV Route Onion Spring OHV Route Peckinpah Road Whisky Ridge Trail Browns Meadow Trail Central Camp Road Shuteye Peak Trail Fresno Dome Road Quart Mountain Trail Iron Lakes Tail Sugar Pine Road Miami Trail Ferguson Ridge Trail Hite Cove Road Merced River Road Burma Grade Trail Old Coulterville Road Crocker Ridge Trail Trumbull Peak Trail Bodie Ghost Town Trail Masonic Trail Mono Lake Trail Mono Craters Trail Sawmill Meadow Road Kelty Meadows Trail Deer Mountain Trail Laurel Lakes Trail Convict Lake Overlook Trail Casa Diablo Road Coyote Creek Trail Coyote Flat Trail White Mountain Road Silver Canyon Trail Saline Valley Road Papoose Flat Trail The Narrows Trail Harkness Flat Trail Mazourka Peak Trail Sierra View Trail
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co4wdd.jpg (3829 bytes) The Northern Sierra Region (55 Trails)
Clavey Bridge Road Lumsden Bridge Road Bourland Trestle Trail Dodge Ridge Trail Crandall Peak Trail Pinecrest Peak Trail 4,700-Foot Road Black Springs Route Calaveras Dome Trail Corral Hollow OHV Route Mattley Ridge Trail Red and Blue Lakes Trail Baltic Ridge Trail Slate Mountain Trail Pony Express Trail Angora Lakes Road McKinney Creek Trail Blackwood Canyon Trail Mount Watson Trail Soda Springs Road Henness Pass Raod Boca Ridge and Verdi Peak Trail Independence Lake Trail Summit City Loop North Bloomfield-Bowman Lake Trail Alleghany Trail Sierra Buttes Trail Gold Lake Trail Gold Valley Trail Poker Flat OHV Trail Chimmney Rock OHV Trail Forbestown to Feather Falls Trail Milsap Bar Trail Three Lakes Trail Grizzly Ridge Trail Diamond Mountains Trail Thompson Creek Trail Belfast Petroglyphs Trail Antelope Mountain and Crate Lake Trail Susan River to Juniper Lake Trail Humboldt Trail Ponderosa Way Hogsback Road Peligreen-Grapevine Jeepway West Prospect Peak Trail Hat Creek Rim Trail Murken Bench Trail Burney Mountain Trail Popcorn Cave Trail Hayden Hill Trail Likely Mountain Trail Buckhorn Backcountry Byway South Warner Mountains Trail Bearcamp Flat Trail Payne Peak Trail
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co4wde.jpg (4249 bytes) The North Coast Region (47 Trails)
Rayhouse Road Walker Ridge Road Bartlett Springs Road Pacific Ridge Trail Lovelady Ridge Trail Log Spring Ridge Trail Red Mountain Trail Nome Cult Mountain House Trail Vestal and Pettyjohn Roads Beegum Gorge Trail Knob Creek Trail Hall City Cave Trail Low Divide Road Howland Hill Road Redwood National Park Coastal Drive Gold Bluffs Trail Bald Hills Road Shelton Butte Trail Patterson Road Ukonom Mountain Trail Hennessy Ridge Road Hobo Gulch Trail Bowerman Ridge Trail Deadwood Road South Shore Drive Shasta Bally Trail Backbone Road Backbone Ridge Trail Iron Canyon Reservoir Trail Grizzky Peak Trail McCloud River Road Toad Lake Trail Mount Shasta Loop Military Pass Herd Peak Trail Klamath River Road Siskiyou Mountains Trail Medicine Lake Trail Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge Trail Sand Buttes Fairchild Swamp Trail Surprise Valley Trail Obsidian Needles Trail Fandango Pass Trail New Pine Creek to Fort Bidwell Trail Dismal Swamp Trail Highgrade Trail
500
Selected Further Reading 621
Appendix: Trail Lists
25 Favorite Trails 25 Longest Trails 25 Shortest Trails 25 Hardest Trails 25 Easiest Trails 25 Scenic Trails
626
Index 629

8 1/2" x 10 7/8" Soft Cover
634 pages, four-color throughout

Samples of Graphics and Directions Provided for each of the 152 Trails


Typical map provided for every trail.

 

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Typical table of key features (partial) of the trail include:


Typical Route Directions (partial)

Ratings for the degree of difficulty and scenic beauty Driving times and distances Detailed notes on the history, features, and driving conditions Contact phone numbers to get up to the minute information on trail conditions Map references Special attractions.

Detailed step-by-step directions to navigate the trail in either direction including GPS coordinates.

 

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