Northern California National Forest and Wilderness Maps

Look at a map of the United States.  Where else in the country is there such a high concentration of National Forests/Parks/Wilderness and otherwise protected lands?  The answer: Nowhere.  The sheer biomass in this region is staggering.  Southern California is to people what Northern California is to trees.  Seriously.  Areas the size of most East Coast states are protected and butted right up next to each other.

Huge mountains, huge lakes, huge trees, huge waves and endless access make Northern California the reason this website exists.  Volcanoes? Yep.  Huge fish?  Got that.  Impossible OHV trails? Tons.  Bigfoot?  Go find it.

From the northern Sierra Nevada to the coast, you can find rolling hills, huge granite monoliths, quaint towns, more trees than you can imagine and an unending array of things to do.

Northern California as a whole is much more seasonal than it’s southern counterpart as is reflected by the increased rain and snowfall amounts.  These lead to an abundance of rivers that are missing down south.  The rivers and lakes that dot the area of the state are the north’s answer to the desert areas of the south.  Both provide great opportunities.  The opportunities are just very different ones.

California has so many National Forests that we had to break it up into north and south.  The general line of demarcation was drawn between Santa Cruz on the coast to Mono Lake on the far side of the Sierra. 

National Forests to the north of this line include:  Tahoe National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Trinity National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, El Dorado National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Lassen National Forest.

Maps to be added include:  Modoc National Forest