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Page 98. Is everyone on page 98 of the Nor cal gazetteer? The elevation isn't that high. Might not be snow there in January. Might be cold and wet which is worse to me
The smallest maps, if my info is correct, are the 7.5 minute maps. It's scale is 1 : 24k. These are the ones used for backpacking. They show the most detail. They are put out by the US geological survey people.
Maybe I'll gather up examples of all that I have for a map tutorial at this weekends GTG. In between tasty beverages, of course.
Regis, that's some sweet work!
I'm not volunteering or anything, but I think if we sent a scout to just go drive around within the BLM or NF border, that would be more effective at finding a large level-ish camping spot then spending money on fancy maps. In my experience, maps can usually guide you to a general area, but once you get there, people have usually cleared out roads (which aren't on the map) that lead to good camping spots.
Regis- you have a good point about finding a level spot by looking for wide spaces between contour lines on the topo maps - however, when we were camping out on BLM land at the lost coast, we found a large leveled out camping spot on the side of one of the steepest hills you could imagine along the coast. It could easily accommodate 4 to 5 buses. So don't rule those steep places out. :-)
This is a link to the Stanislaus NF map. Click on the left side of the map for a blow up. The first thing that caught my eye is High Mountain. Go two blocks up from that to block 14. You can see Cave City. I assume that the yellow patches are BLM. The green will be Forest land. Pick your spot
I noticed the same thing . The real map and maybe a visit to the BLM or NF ranger office will show this better.
I'm thinking that these are the maps to have. I have the Mendecino map and it is informative.
But as far as ordering, I'll take, Plumas, Sequoia, Sierra and Stanislaus. Ooo la la
It is still my intention to get to the BLM in El Dorado Hills office this week to pick up the San Andreas and Placerville area maps and whatever else looks good. They are $4 each so I am also willing to take orders.
Regis said:I noticed the same thing . The real map and maybe a visit to the BLM or NF ranger office will show this better.