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Mendo Dispersed Camping
Posted 28 June 2016 - 12:18 AM
I am trying to plan a trip up to somewhere in NorCal for some great dispersed camping, Mendo comes to mind since I grew up in Ukiah, but I am open to anything. Main thing is to have a place near a stream or a river, and hopefully away from other people. We would be in two defenders or a defender and a rear-locked LR3 so trail condition isn't an issue.
I don't get home until October so it would be late fall.
Anything come to mind? After being on a ship in close quarters with 1500 people it's time for some decompression.
Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:16 AM
We just got back from Mendo NF last weekend and most of the non fire road 4x4 trails were closed off of the M3 route. There are lots of options in the Sierras that are accessible in October. When you get closer to the departure date let us know and we can try to set you up with some trails. Our club is now using Gaia GPS as our main route planner and can share the tracks.
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 09:51 AM
I would look at Gold Lake area in near the Sierra Buttes. There is a great offroad camping area that has large campsites with Portapotties on the lake edge that is only accessible offroad. And if you really want to get remote, it leads to some good trails in the back country with good remote camping sites.
There is a pretty tough trail called Snake Lake trail, the others are pretty normal other than the pinstriping. One of my favorite areas to set up a base camp and do exploring during the day and swimming during the afternoon. If you fish, there are lots of good remote lakes to head to as well...
In October you may be competing with hunters though. Things can get a bit crazy.
Edited by Desertcrawler, 28 June 2016 - 09:52 AM.
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 12:24 PM
Posted 28 June 2016 - 05:05 PM
I'd generally agree with both Chris and Chuck. Mendo has tons of camping options and lots of fire roads you can explore (pin striping expected) but not a lot of wheeling. Gold Lakes area has more 4x4 stuff ranging from easy to moderately hard and more lakes to camp/fish at. Plus it's close to my favorite easy trail in the Sierras, Sierra Buttes fire lookout. Nothing technical, but great views.
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