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Old 02-29-2016, 8:48 AM
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Moved out to the Bay Area from Connecticut and finally got myself another pick up. it's a 1973 Cheyenne with a lift and mudders, wanted to see who knows some fun spots to get off road in and around (within 3hrs) the bay area. Not looking for serious rock crawling, just looking to get the truck a little dirty. Ideally I could camp/shoot/hunt in the area as well. I'd like to start doing more 2day trips. All the places I've found so far require parking on the street or in a lot and hiking in. Any recommendations on a few good places to 4wheel in and camp/hunt (small game is fine) is greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-29-2016, 2:19 PM
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I mentioned stumpy meadows in your off topic thread. Seeing this thread I thought I would also include the mountains north of Stirling City. It is just north of Chico and there are hundreds of miles of forestry roads and small lakes and streams. There are some dedicated camp areas such as the philbrook reservoir but you can camp about anywhere.
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I mentioned stumpy meadows in your off topic thread. Seeing this thread I thought I would also include the mountains north of Stirling City. It is just north of Chico and there are hundreds of miles of forestry roads and small lakes and streams. There are some dedicated camp areas such as the philbrook reservoir but you can camp about anywhere.
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Tahoe National Forest is nice.

Bowman and Jackson Meadows Reservior areas.
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Tahoe National Forest is nice.

Bowman and Jackson Meadows Reservior areas.
great! and there places I can get off road?
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great! and there places I can get off road?
All over. Get a Tahoe National Forest Map.
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Mendocino NF near Lake Pillsbury has all you are looking for...
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Deer Valley off Hwy 4. PAX
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This time of year, the best spots are under a couple to several feet of snow. Once it melts, anyplace up above 6000 ft on Hwy 88, 4, or 108. Cattle and Green Mountain areas up above Bass Lake are also excellent

Lots to do around Lake Almanor too, but that's outside of your 3 hour radius. .
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Mendocino NF near Lake Pillsbury has all you are looking for...
Thanks Warthog, I'll head up that way. I've fished Pillsbury before.
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It's outside your 3 hour limit, but maybe for a later trip look into areas on the Eastern Sierras. Once you get over the mountains, you've got desert, wooded mountain trails, good fishing, good shooting, hot springs, and lots of privacy. My favorite road trip is to head East, stop in North Shore Tahoe for a day of gambling and fun (gambling sucks there, but the rickety old casinos are still fun), and then head down towards Reno and just keep going south on 580/395. You can check out the ghost towns, head out to the desert for some shooting fun in Nevada, go into the town of Mammoth for fun - the sky really is the limit.
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It's outside your 3 hour limit, but maybe for a later trip look into areas on the Eastern Sierras. Once you get over the mountains, you've got desert, wooded mountain trails, good fishing, good shooting, hot springs, and lots of privacy. My favorite road trip is to head East, stop in North Shore Tahoe for a day of gambling and fun (gambling sucks there, but the rickety old casinos are still fun), and then head down towards Reno and just keep going south on 580/395. You can check out the ghost towns, head out to the desert for some shooting fun in Nevada, go into the town of Mammoth for fun - the sky really is the limit.
Sounds like an awesome trip!
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I grew up exploring the whole 88 corridor. There's a fun trail that goes from the back side of Bear River to Silver Lake. Its National Forest so you can shoot up there.

It's a haul from the bay but the 395 corridor around Bridgeport is one of my favorite places on earth. Miles of roads back there to explore.
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Now I can't get an Eastern Sierra trip out of my mind. That whole area from Bridgeport down to Big Pine is a lot of fun. It's one of those camping vacations that was an annual (or sometimes 2x-3x a year) ritual for us. Longest trip was a whole month tent camping and fishing - best time of my life.
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Now I can't get an Eastern Sierra trip out of my mind. That whole area from Bridgeport down to Big Pine is a lot of fun. It's one of those camping vacations that was an annual (or sometimes 2x-3x a year) ritual for us. Longest trip was a whole month tent camping and fishing - best time of my life.

So many great memories up there. Took my son hunting up there for his first overnight trip last year before I moved.

On one trip we went way back off the beaten trial to some beaver ponds. We were fishing for brook trout and I'm on one side of the pond and my mom is on the other. This huge beaver goes swimming by my mom and she's like "look, look!" Then the beaver slapped it's tail on the water and soaked my mom. I laughed so hard I think it carried for miles lol.
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I'm bumping this so big Jake and his daily camping bump will be overlooked!
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That guy is probably scaring ppl away with his OCD behavior in that thread..
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Deer valley still closed to ohv. I think it might open up this summer? Best choice now is for mud runs at mendocino nf. Sierras packd in snow
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All over. Get a Tahoe National Forest Map.
Be carefull, some roads on a map look like like they connect, but rock slides, down trees can get you trapped. I almost got stuck because of a rockslide with no good way to turn around (supper narrow road, Clif one side straight up on the other).. But that was in Nevada, they might pave the roads for Prius in Cali, not sure though.
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drove a nice loop from SF, down the 101 to Morgan hill and then hooked a right, up over Mt. Madonna and over to the 17. Was able to find some great dirt roads in the redwoods. Brought a fishing rod and hit a few reservoirs and mountain lakes. waterfalls were flowing and everything was bright green. Lots of mud and some great views from the summit. Highly recommend it.
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Rubicon Trail, Tahoe National Forest.
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Rubicon Trail, Tahoe National Forest.

Lol. Based on ops post. I don't think he's ready for the con'.
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Lol. Based on ops post. I don't think he's ready for the con'.
& only 3+ months later!
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Lol. Based on ops post. I don't think he's ready for the con'.
Thank you for sharing. Me and the 'con do just fine.
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Thank you for sharing. Me and the 'con do just fine.

Lol good to hear that. Maybe see ya on the trail one day. Been offsite so yeah late lol
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Hey just to let you guys know a few of us are heading up to the Sierras on the weekend of the 25th for some light wheeling and camping. We're going to do Barney Riley Trail. Nice and easy trail with a really cool natural hot springs at the end. Got a lot of venison I'm going to be grilling up too. Anyone is welcome. Check out my thread on a different forum here for more details.... http://norcal-jeeps.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1014

Let me know if you live in or around the Northbay and we can convoy up there.
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We usually go up 108 near Pinecrest from 5000-8000' elevation. Lots of forest service roads up there.
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We usually go up 108 near Pinecrest from 5000-8000' elevation. Lots of forest service roads up there.
Awesome...thanks. Was actually just talking to someone about that area today. Heading there this weekend for a wedding.
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Jeep is fueled, cooler is full, venison backstraps are marinating, and the rifles are ready. Going to be a damn good weekend.

Last chance if anyone wants to join us tomorrow for the Barney Riley Trail...
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