Dispersed camping by Huntington Lake

Dispersed camping by Huntington Lake

Hot weather is a great time to escape the heat and enjoy Huntington Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California. The lake sits at about 7,000 feet with much cooler temperatures than the valley below. This area offers recreation seasonally with skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, boating and of

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Camping after the California wildfires

Camping after the California wildfires

The far-reaching vastness of the California wildfires was staggering as we camped in Northern California this May. Equally amazing was how many homes and ranches were saved by our heroic firefighters, as we drove past burned forests and grasslands, bordering right up to homes, barns, and buildings in remote areas.

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Camping at The Indians in Big Sur

Camping at The Indians in Big Sur

The Indians Ranch area in Big Sur’s Ventana Wilderness is a great place for dispersed camping. Early spring is a great time to see the blooming wildflowers, majestic rock formations and rushing water in the rivers after the recent rains. Springs were oozing water right out of the rock walls.

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Jail Canyon – 4×4 to miner’s cabin and gold mine in Death Valley

Jail Canyon – 4×4 to miner’s cabin and gold mine in Death Valley

Jail Canyon is a worthy day trip as well as an interesting place to camp. The ghost town of Ballarat lies within easy driving distance with a small store and curator. An old miner’s cabin lies at the end of the rough route to Jail Canyon near a ravine with

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Explore the Minnietta cabin’s mining history

Explore the Minnietta cabin’s mining history

The desert mountain ranges going into Death Valley contain many canyons where old mine shafts, cabins, mill sites and various ghost towns of past mining operations lay silent to be discovered by the exploring traveler. One such place of interest is the Minnietta cabin and mine in the Argus range.

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Shadows of the past at the Manson hideout

Shadows of the past at the Manson hideout

Tucked into a remote corner of the Goler Wash in Death Valley, is the Barker Ranch, infamous for once being a hideout for the notorious Manson gang in 1969. A favorite “short cut” into Death Valley from the west side of the Panamint Range, is to go across Goler Wash.

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