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Old 05-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #1
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Trail maps of Norcal?

Can Anyone recommend a good trail map for dual sport riding? I'm looking for a map that shows off highway areas that are blm forestry land open to the public not private property. Specificly dual sport bike friendly. Is there such a map?
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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Can Anyone recommend a good trail map for dual sport riding? I'm looking for a map that shows off highway areas that are blm forestry land open to the public not private property. Specificly dual sport bike friendly. Is there such a map?
Not that I have ever seen... I have about 30 maps that cover the good california riding in the national forests

http://www.nationalforeststore.com/

AAA offers free maps also that are good.. The death valley and baja ones I have used and like..

some others on here have used this map and liked it.
http://www.rei.com/product/776727/delorme-california-atlas-and-gazetteer
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:55 PM   #3
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BLM: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/iac/Northern_Map.html

California National Forests: http://www.nationalforeststore.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=NFS&Category_Code=CA

DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer: http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtdItemDetail.jsp?beginIndex=0&item=28185&section=10096

Benchmark Maps: http://www.benchmarkmaps.com/
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:34 AM   #4
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These books are super awesome:

http://www.amazon.com/Backcountry-Ad.../dp/1930193084


They even have gps info so you can build a route and leave the book at home.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:54 AM   #5
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I'd start with the Benchmarks Maps California Road & Recreation Atlas. Then once you've narrowed down the area you're looking at for more detail look for National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps, or Tom Harrison Maps. These are both a bit hit-and-miss for coverage, and you may have to use the USFS maps as a last resort to fill in the gaps. I find the USFS maps harder to read, while the other 3 choices are much better at clearly showing which trails and roads are usable by motor vehicles.

All of the commercially produced maps are available at amazon.com, and some are stocked at local stores like Sports Basement (yay!) or REI (boo!). You can order the USFS maps from their online store, but they're free from the Ranger Stations and I've even been able to get some of them mailed to me at no charge by simply calling the local station and asking .
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Wow, does look pretty good. Can you tell me the southern boundary of the book's coverage? I'm planning a dirt route from say Copperopolis to Hume Lake near Kings Canyon...does this book go that far south?
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:57 AM   #7
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Southern boundary is Fresno/180 to Lone Pine/136/190.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:05 AM   #8
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Wow, does look pretty good. Can you tell me the southern boundary of the book's coverage? I'm planning a dirt route from say Copperopolis to Hume Lake near Kings Canyon...does this book go that far south?

Yeah, I think that book will cover that. The author has a number of different books, look up his name on amazon, Massey I think. I've seen his books at Costco in the past if you want to see one before buying.
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Thanks, KL Rocket & larryboy. Will see if Costco has one to double-check. Looks like the kind of book that just belongs in the library, regardless.
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Thanks, KL Rocket & larryboy. Will see if Costco has one to double-check. Looks like the kind of book that just belongs in the library, regardless.
That book is pretty large and cumbersome. Same author/publisher has broken book down into smaller volumes called the "California Trails" series. Google "california trails massey". I like these a lot better.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:28 PM   #11
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The books by Massey are good, as noted above.

Charles Wells is another author of some fine books for discovering back-country trails:
http://www.funtreks.com/


There are some new maps available of trails in the Mammoth area and other areas:
http://www.district37ama.org/forums/...ad.php?t=45637
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