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Old 04-14-2014, 01:42 PM   #1
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Northern California Camping Locations

Hi folks - thinking about a short (5-6 day) trip to northern California in early June. We would be on the dualsports bikes, so dirt roads are not a problem, in fact, that's where I'd rather be. I've been all over northern CA on the street bikes, but never camping.

Anyone know some cool spots? Along the coast is good, as is inland in the Klamath's or anywhere north of Chico approximately. Would rather be in out of the way places, not interested in busy campgrounds, doesn't even really need to be a campground...

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Old 04-14-2014, 02:29 PM   #2
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Hi folks - thinking about a short (5-6 day) trip to northern California in early June. We would be on the dualsports bikes, so dirt roads are not a problem, in fact, that's where I'd rather be. I've been all over northern CA on the street bikes, but never camping.

Anyone know some cool spots? Along the coast is good, as is inland in the Klamath's or anywhere north of Chico approximately. Would rather be in out of the way places, not interested in busy campgrounds, doesn't even really need to be a campground...

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Old 04-14-2014, 04:24 PM   #3
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probably find some good info here...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ght=lost+coast
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:12 PM   #4
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Get yourself one of those map books from Benchmark or DeLorme. Best $20 I've ever spent. They show campgrounds. I usually start my trips with my map book and then hit Google Earth and my Garmin maps.

Out of Chico: 32 (east) is a fun road with a couple really nice small CG's. Also, 36 out of Red Bluff hit Mineral and go through Lassen park, camp on Hat Creek. Take 89 to Shasta, cruz the Klamath Hwy to the coast. So many options in the Northsate. Endless options on knobbies.
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USAL Beach - done!
+1 on Usal Beach and the Lost Coast - lots of info 8n the links below

http://www.advrider.com/forums/searc...rchid=31980408

http://www.advrider.com/forums/searc...rchid=31980438
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:58 AM   #6
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Thanks guys, this gives me some good ideas! Still
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:35 AM   #7
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+1 on Usal Beach and the Lost Coast - lots of info 8n the links below

http://www.advrider.com/forums/searc...rchid=31980408

http://www.advrider.com/forums/searc...rchid=31980438
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That's odd, they were working last night...
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All through the mountains of Mendocino county. Endless dirt roads and camping.
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Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Where Usal Rd and Briceland Rd intersect just outside of Shelter Cove, take a cool dirt road down to the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. There are few fire pits/tables right on the bluffs and with any luck, a large herd of Roosevelt Elk that might be grazing next to your tent in the morning

Beautiful! And remote.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:36 PM   #11
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Thanks guys, this gives me some good ideas! Still
Great ideas above. Maybe incorporate some of the SheetIron route, depending on weather/dust (Bartlett Springs, Sherwood, Navarro Ridge Road, Lower Gap, etc.).

Last Saturday I rode with a couple buddies from Fort Bragg to Usal beach, Sinkyone Park, and Shelter Cove and back to Fort Bragg, inbetween the SheetIron route from Stonyford to Fort Bragg and back (Fri and Sun).

Usal is definitely on my list for camping now. We were on DS bikes and hoteling in FB Fri and Sat, but looks like a great overnight destination-big bike friendly too. As long as those elk don't step on your tent, they look pretty tame! ;-)

And that Kings Peak Rd from SC north is on the list too.
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:43 PM   #12
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Thanks again! I really like the idea of places like Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, that looks great. Looks like some of that area like Usal road might be a mess if it's wet though. What's the Sheetiron route like?

FWIW we will be on a BMW F650GS and an Aprilia Pegaso. Both are perfectly capable of gravel/dirt roads and smooth jeep roads, but I wouldn't want to get into any really bad mud/sand/rocks (Skowinski-wife is on the BMW and only has a few years experience now, she would not be having fun if it got ugly, and if she was having a bad time I'd be too... )
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Thanks again! I really like the idea of places like Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, that looks great. Looks like some of that area like Usal road might be a mess if it's wet though. What's the Sheetiron route like?

FWIW we will be on a BMW F650GS and an Aprilia Pegaso. Both are perfectly capable of gravel/dirt roads and smooth jeep roads, but I wouldn't want to get into any really bad mud/sand/rocks (Skowinski-wife is on the BMW and only has a few years experience now, she would not be having fun if it got ugly, and if she was having a bad time I'd be too... )
Maybe forget everything I said then. I was thinking a couple guys on DS bikes, but I would more accurately characterize your trip as husband and wife on lt wt adv bikes. Sherwood would be ok, Bartlett Springs Rd likely ok (loose, hot, dry, dusty, dropoffs to death (but wide), Navarro Ridge Rd ok if you can fit around the gate or it is open. Low Gap Rd was easy except for one slide part that you could likely ride both bikes across. Usal could be challenging on some of the rutted muddy downhills-we saw bmw bike bits embedded in the mud-and it goes on for like 20+ miles with no bail out. The road down to the Sinkyone State Park is tame (except for dropoff along the side that goes way down). I'd stay off the sheetiron except for some of the easy splits and the roads above.

paste this into browser and decide if any of it is for you (tracks on gpsxchange or pm me for file) "sheetiron site:advrider.com"

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Old 04-16-2014, 11:26 AM   #14
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Maybe forget everything I said then. I was thinking a couple guys on DS bikes, but I would more accurately charaterize your trip as husband and wife on lt wt adv bikes. Sherwood would be ok, Bartlett Springs Rd likely ok (loose, hot, dry, dusty, dropoffs to death (but wide), Navarro Ridge Rd ok if you can fit around the gate or it is open. Low Gap Rd was easy except for one slide part that you could likely ride both bikes across. Usal could be challenging on some of the rutted muddy downhills-we saw bmw bike bits embedded in the mud-and it goes on for like 20+ miles with no bail out. The road down to the Sinkyone State Park is tame (except for dropoff along the side that goes way down). I'd stay off the sheetiron except for some of the easy splits and the roads above.

paste this into browser and decide if any of it is for you (tracks on gpsxchange or pm me for file) "sheetiron site:advrider.com"
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:38 PM   #15
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any where you can get a bike and a pup tent in the woods is always better then home!
True, but he will have the best part of home with him. ;-)

If it rains just before, some of these roads won't be so fun on a bigger bike. Not everyone thinks slippery logs angled across the trail are a bonus. :-)
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